NOTES: • Ole Miss will take on in-state rival Mississippi State Sunday in Starkville. • Sunday’s game marks the 84th all-time meeting between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Rebels lead the all-time series, 61-22. • Ole Miss is coming off an 88-81 win at Florida on Thursday night. • Valencia McFarland, who has scored in every career game she has played in, recorded her 1,000th career point with 24 points at Florida. She is the 25th player in school history to score at least 1,000 career points. • Valencia McFarland and Diara Moore have each scored in double figures a team-leading 13 times this season. • Valencia McFarland leads the team in scoring, averaging 11.9 points per game, followed by Tia Faleru, 11.7 points per game and Diara Moore, 11.1 points per game. • Valencia McFarland recorded her second career double-double with 24 points and 10 assists at Florida. • Courtney Marbra leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.9 rebounds per game. • Monique Jackson recorded a career-best 13 rebounds at Florida. • Valencia McFarland has recorded a team-leading 100 assists this season has recorded at least 100 assists for the third consecutive season. • Valencia McFarland recorded the team’s fifth 20-point game this season: Valencia McFarland (24 points at Florida, 20 points vs. McNeese State), Diara Moore (25 points vs. SELA) and Gracie Frizzell (21 points vs. Lamar).
UP NEXT: Ole Miss will host Arkansas on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. followed by a game at Vanderbilt on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI STATE Mississippi State is 8-11 overall and 0-6 in SEC play. The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a 81-33 loss to Texas A&M Thursday night. Mississippi State is led by Kendra Grant who is averaging 12.2 points per game followed by Martha Alwal who is averaging 11.6 points per game. Alwal also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 9.5 rebounds per game. As a team, the Lady Bulldogs, who average 56.3 points per game this season, have only scored more than 50 points in one SEC game this year.
Ole Miss leads the all-time series, 61-22. The Lady Bulldogs has won the last five meetings and seven of the last eight. Ole Miss’ last win over Mississippi State was a 66-58 win in Oxford on January 21, 2010.
ABOUT OLE MISS Ole Miss is coming off an 88-81 win over Florida Thursday night. Valencia McFarland scored 24 points and has now recorded 1,003 points for her career. Ole Miss is led by Valencia McFarland (11.9 points per game), Tia Faleru (11.7 points per game) and Diara Moore (11.1 points per game). Courtney Marbra leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.9 rebounds per game followed by Danielle McCray who is averaging 5.2 rebounds per game. Brett Frank is in his first year as acting head coach for the Rebels. He has a career record of 8-11 overall and 1-5 in the SEC.
FOLLOW THE REBELS Ole Miss’ regular-season games can be heard on WTNM Supertalk Mississippi (105.5 FM) or Q93.7 FM with the pregame show starting 15 minutes before tipoff. Graham Doty, in his second season calling Ole Miss women’s basketball games, will be on the call.
Game updates via Twitter will be available all season at @OleMissWBB. All home games that are not on TV will be streamed online through the subscription-based RebelVision.
OLE MISS IN THE SEC STATS (AS OF 1/24/13) As a team, Ole Miss is sixth in free throw percentage (.694), fourth in rebounding offense (42.0 rpg), third in offensive rebounds (17.8), sixth in steals (10.3 spg) and tied for fifth pointers made (5.1). Individually, Valencia McFarland is fourth in assists (5.3 apg), third in assist to turnover ratio (2.8), third in minutes played (33.8), seventh in free throw percentage (.757) and tied for fourth in steals (2.6 spg). Gracie Frizzell is ninth in three pointers made (1.8), Diara Moore is sixth in free throw percentage (.765), while Tia Faleru is seventh (.691). Courtney Marbra is ninth in offensive rebounds (3.1).
McFARLAND SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT Junior point guard Valencia McFarland scored her 1,000th career point on Jan. 24 with a 24-point effort at Florida. She is the 25th player in school history to record at least 1,000 career points and is the 14th player in school history to hit 1,000 career points as a junior.
McFarland also has another program milestone to keep her eye on during her career, as she aims to become just the third person in Ole Miss history to score at least 1,000 point, 500 assists and 250 steals. McFarland currently has 1,003 points, 365 assists and 154 steals. She’s looking to join Carol Ross (1977-81) and Glenda Springfield (1975-79).
MCFARLAND RECORDS SECOND CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE Valencia McFarland recorded her second career double-double, and first of the year, with a season-high 24 points and 10 assists at Florida on Jan. 24. Both of McFarland’s double-doubles are with points and assists.
McFarland is the fourth player this year to record a double-double. Tia Faleru became Ole Miss’ active career leader in double-doubles with three when she recorded 18 points and added 10 rebounds at LSU on Jan. 3. Earlier this year Faleru scored 15 points and added 10 rebounds against McNeese State on Dec. 29. Danielle McCray recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in a win over MVSU while Kenyotta Jenkins recorded her second career double-double against SELA on Nov. 9 when she scored a career-high 13 points and added 10 rebounds. Valencia McFarland is the only current player to record a double-double in something other than points and rebounds (points and assists.)
Active Players With Double-Doubles Season Career Valencia McFarland 1 2 Tia Faleru 2 3 Kenyotta Jenkins 1 2 Danielle McCray 1 1 Courtney Marbra 0 2
McFARLAND RECORDS 13 CAREER 20-POINT GAME Valencia McFarland leads all active Ole Miss players with 13 career 20-point games. McFarland’s most recent 20-point game was on Jan. 24, 2013 when she scored 24 points at Florida. Tia Faleru recorded her first career 20-point game with a career-high 24 points against Alabama on Jan. 13. She is the fourth player this season to record at least 20 points in a game. Redshirt freshman Gracie Frizzell scored a career-high 21 points in Ole Miss’ loss to Lamar on Nov. 19 while Diara Moore scored a career-high 25 points against SELA on Nov. 9.
Active Players With 20-Point Games Season Career Valencia McFarland 2 13 Tia Faleru 1 1 Gracie Frizzell 1 1 Diara Moore 1 1
JACKSON RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 13 BOARDS Monique Jackson recorded a career-best 13 rebounds in Ole Miss’ win over Florida on Jan. 24. She pulled down 11 defensive rebounds and two offensive boards. Her previous career high was eight rebounds. She is the first Ole Miss player to grab at least 10 defensive rebounds in a game since Nikki Byrd pulled down 10 against SELA on Dec. 29, 2011.
REBELS RECORD SEASON-HIGH FROM THREE-POINT RANGE Ole Miss recorded a season-high 11 threes in the team’s win at Florida on Jan. 24. The Rebels went 9-10 from three-point range in the first half and ended the game 11-16 from beyond the arc. Two times this year team recorded 10 threes in a game, at LSU on Jan. 3 and against Northwestern on December 22.
FALERU BREAKING OUT Entering her sophomore season, Tia Faleru had scored in double figures in three games and grabbed double-digit rebounds in two games. This season, she has scored in double figures in 11 games, including the last six, and pulled down double-digit rebounds in two games. She scored a career-high 24 points against Alabama and has recorded two double-doubles. Over the last 13 games, Faleru is averaging 13.5 points per game. For the season, she is averaging 11.7 points per game and is averaging a team-leading 15.8 points per game in SEC games only.
McFARLAND LOOKS TO LEAD TEAM IN ASSISTS FOR THE THIRD YEAR If Valencia McFarland, who led the team in assists as a freshman and sophomore, keeps this pace and ends the season leading the team in assists, it would be the first time since Carletta Brown (2003-06) that a player led the team in assists three consecutive seasons. McFarland would become just the fourth player in program history to lead the team in assists three consecutive seasons. No player in school history has led the team in assists all four years.
As of Jan. 24, McFarland is fourth in the SEC in assists per game, averaging 5.3 and she leads Ole Miss with 100 assists. In the last 10 games, McFarland is averaging 6.7 assists per game. She has recorded 37 career games with at least five assists per game, including 13 games this year. McFarland recorded a season-high 10 assists at Florida on Jan. 24.
McFARLAND LEADS THE TEAM IN STEALS Valencia McFarland, who has recorded a team-leading 50 steals this year, is looking to become just the third player in school history to lead her team in assists three years times during her career. If McFarland, who led the team in steals as a freshman and sophomore, ends this season leading the team in steals, she would be the first player to lead her team in steals three years in a row since Armintie Price led the team all four years (2003-06).
McFARLAND TAKING CARE OF THE BALL Ole Miss point guard Valencia McFarland is third in the SEC in assist to turnover ratio (2.8). In SEC play, McFarland has recorded 39 assists to 14 turnovers and for the season, she has recorded 100 assists to 36 turnovers in 19 games. McFarland has recorded 13 games this season with five or more assists including the nine of the last 10 games. For her career, McFarland has 37 games with five or more assists and has recorded 365 career assists.
McFARLAND IN THE NCAA STATS In the latest set of NCAA stats released on Friday, Jan. 25, Valencia McFarland is ranked seventh in assist to turnover ratio (2.78), and is 39th in the nation in assists per game (5.3). NCAA stats are released every Monday and Friday.
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