Ole Miss (12-9, 2-6 SEC) vs. Auburn (10-11, 2-6 SEC) Date: January 29, 2012 Time: 1:04 p.m. CT Location: Oxford, Miss. Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum Online: Gametracker/Cover It Live Blog Radio: 105.5 & Q93.7 (Graham Doty) Television: FSN/ESPN3 Dave Neal, PxP; Van Chancellor, Analyst Series vs. Auburn: Auburn leads, 22-10
QUICK HITS - Ole Miss fell to 12-9 overall (2-6 SEC) this season after falling on the road to South Carolina Thursday night, 61-43. - Sophomore Valencia McFarland (13.6 ppg) and senior Nikki Byrd (13.2 ppg) lead Ole Miss in scoring. - Byrd recorded her 17th career double-double (and 12th this season) against Mississippi State with 12 points and 14 rebounds. She is tied for ninth all-time at Ole Miss in career double-doubles. - Freshman Tia Faleru recorded her first career double-double against No. 15 Georgia with career-highs in both points (13) and rebounds (10). - Byrd (9.9 rpg) and sophomore Kenyotta Jenkins and freshman Danielle McCray (3.8 rpg) lead the team in rebounding. - Ole Miss has scored fewer than 50 points in four SEC games this season including its last three games. - Head coach Renee Ladner is in her fifth season at the helm. She has a career record of 70-74 overall and 23-45 in SEC play.
PROMOTIONS Every home game: Chevron $50 gas card giveaway Drills and Skills Hoop package for kids Renaissance Bank Cash Cube They are all “Enter to Win” and you must be present to participate. Sunday: Visit the team’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/OleMissWBB) to print a coupon for free tickets to the game. Free t-shirts will be given out at the game
REBELS HOST AUBURN TIGERS Ole Miss will try to get back on the winning track when the team hosts the Auburn Tigers Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The game will be televised by FSN and streamed online on ESPN3 (subject to blackout in states with an SEC school). Ole Miss (12-9 overall, 2-6 SEC) is 8-5 at home this season and 4-4 on the road. With eight regular-season games remaining, the Rebels have won more games this season (12) than they did all of 2010-11 (10).
ABOUT OLE MISS Ole Miss is 12-9 overall this season and 2-6 in SEC play after falling at South Carolina, 61-43, Thursday night on the road. The Rebels are led by Nikki Byrd (13.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg) and Valencia McFarland (13.6 ppg, 112 assists). Sophomore Kenyotta Jenkins and freshman Danielle McCray are second on the team in rebounding, averaging 3.8 rebounds per game. Head coach Renee Ladner is in her fifth season at the helm.
OLE MISS VS. AUBURN Auburn leads the all-time series between the two schools, 28-22. The Tigers won last year’s meeting in Auburn, 85-73. In games played in Oxford, the Rebels lead the all-time series, 11-9. Ole Miss’ last win over Auburn was a 65-61 win in Oxford on February 25, 2010. The last 10 games of the series are tied at 5-5.
A LOOK AT AUBURN Auburn enters Sunday’s game 10-11 overall and 2-6 in SEC play. The Tigers fell to No. 6 Kentucky 66-48 Thursday night. Tyrese Tanner leads the team in scoring, averaging 10.8 points per game while Hasina Muhammad is second, averaging 9.4 points per game. Parrisha Simmons leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.3 rebounds per game. As a team, Auburn averages 58.8 points per game while its opponents average 57.5.
NEWS AND NOTES In Ole Miss’ last two SEC games, the team has been outscored in the first half by and average of 23.5 points, but have out score their opponent by an average of 7.5 points in the second half ... Six times this season, Ole Miss has held its opponent to under 68 points but lost the game (at Lamar, Florida, at Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Georgia and at South Carolina) ... Nine of Ole Miss’ game this season have been decided by nine points or less ... The Rebels won back-to-back SEC games for the first time since January of 2010 when the team won five straight conference games ... Ole Miss’ 14-point margin of victory at Alabama marked the Rebels’ biggest margin of victory over and SEC opponent since January 21, 2010 when Ole Miss beat Mississippi State, 66-58 ... Ole Miss recorded 20 assists on 22 field goals in its win over Arkansas ... One opposing team this season has shot over 50 percent from the floor against Ole Miss (LSU, 55.2%) ... This season the Rebels have had two winning streaks of four or more games - a five-game winning streak from 11/18-12/3 and a four-game winning streak from 12/16-12/29 ... Ole Miss shot a season-best 57.1 percent from the floor (32-56) in a win over Cleveland State ... Ole Miss’ game against Central Michigan marked the first time this season the Rebels led at the half but lost the game ... Prior to the Central Michigan game this year where Ole Miss allowed 61 boards, the Rebels hadn’t allowed 60+ rebounds since 2003 ... Nikki Byrd has scored a team-high 26 points this season while also recording a team-high 17 rebounds ... Ole Miss held South Alabama without a player scoring in double figures marking the first time since November 19, 2006 that the Rebels did not allow a player on an opposing team to score in double figures.
BYRD RANKED SECOND IN THE NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES In the latest NCAA stats released January 27, senior forward Nikki Byrd second in the nation in double-doubles with 12. She is also 25th in the nation in rebounding, averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. The NCAA stats will be released again on Monday, January, 30. Byrd has been ranked as high as fourth in the nation in rebounding this season.
FALERU RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE Freshman Tia Faleru had a career day in Ole Miss’ loss to No. 15 Georgia. She recorded her first career double-double with career highs in both points (13) and rebounds (10). While she is averaging 4.0 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game this season, in the team’s last four games Faleru is averaging 9.0 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game.
OFFENSIVE WOES Ole Miss’ game at South Carolina on January 26 marked the fourth time in SEC play, and third consecutive game that Ole Miss failed to score at least 50 points in a game. The Rebels scored 46 against Mississippi State, 47 against No. 15 Georgia and 43 at South Carolina, all games Ole Miss lost. The Rebels also scored 44 in a loss to LSU and 48 in a loss to nationally-ranked Miami. The last time Ole Miss scored 50 points or fewer and won was a 46-45 win over Auburn on January 25, 1984.
BYRD CRACKS CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE LIST With 17 career double-doubles, senior Nikki Byrd has moved into a tie for ninth all-time at Ole Miss in career double-doubles. Byrd is tied for ninth all-time with Tarsha Bethley who played from 1996-99. Three more double-doubles from Byrd would give her sole possession of eighth all-time, passing Yolanda Moore who recorded 19 from 1993-96.
BYRD RECORDS 17TH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE Senior Nikki Byrd recorded her 17th career double-double in a loss to Mississippi State with 12 points and 14 rebounds. It is her 12th double-double of the season. From Nov. 18 to Dec. 3, Byrd recorded five consecutive double-doubles to become the first player to record five consecutive double-doubles since Armintie Price in 2007.
With her 12th double-double of the year, Byrd becomes the first player since Armintie Price in 2006-07 to record at least 10 double-double in a season. Byrd is also the first player in the SEC this year to record double-digit double-doubles. Byrd, along with junior Courtney Marbra and sophomores Pa’Sonna Hope, Valencia McFarland, and Kenyotta Jenkins and freshman Tia Faleru are the six active players with double-doubles.
Active Players With Double-Doubles Season Career Nikki Byrd 12 17 Valencia McFarland 1 1 Kenyotta Jenkins 1 1 Tia Faleru 1 1 Courtney Marbra 0 2 Pa’Sonna Hope 0 2
CAREER NUMBERS WATCH Senior forward Nikki Byrd is on pace to score nearly 900 career points and grab nearly 700 career rebounds. To date, she has recorded 785 career points (278 this year) and 618 career rebounds (206 this year). Byrd is averaging 13.2 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game this season. Sophomore point guard Valencia McFarland is on pace to end her sophomore year with a total of over 750 career points and nearly 280 career assists. McFarland has recorded 656 career points (285 this year) and 235 career assists (112 this year). This season, she is averaging 13.6 points per game and 5.3 assists per game.
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