OLE MISS REBELS (8-13, 1-7 SEC) Acting head coach: Brett Frank (SOSU, 1995) Career record: 8-13 (1st yr.) Record at Ole Miss: Same VANDERBILT COMMODORES (14-7, 4-4 SEC) Head coach: Melanie Balcomb (Trenton State, 1984) Career record: 416-204 (19th yr.) Record at Vanderbilt: 252-101 (11th yr.)
Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 3/ 2 p.m. CT Site: Nashville, Tenn. | Memorial Gym (14,326) TV: None Radio: Q93.7/105.5 FM Talent: Graham Doty (play-by-play) Streaming Video: None Gametracker: OleMissSports.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissWBB Series: Overall: VU, 26-11 Oxford: UM, 12-7 Nashville: VU, 14-3 Neutral: VU, 5-0 Last meeting: 1/6/13, VU, 76-57, at Oxford Frank vs. Vanderbilt: 0-1 NOTES: • Ole Miss will travel to Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. tip. • Sunday’s game marks the 38th all-time meeting between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. The Commodores lead the all-time series, 26-11. • Ole Miss is coming off a 77-66 loss to Arkansas Thursday night. • Diara Moore has scored in double figures a team-leading 15 times this season, most recently 14 points vs. Arkansas on Jan. 31. • Tia Faleru has scored in double figures 13 times this season, including the last eight games, the longest streak of any player on the team this season. • Valencia McFarland has led the team in rebounding the last two games, grabbing a career-high nine at MSU on Jan. 24 and a team-high eight against Arkansas on Jan. 31. • 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. • Tia Faleru leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.1 points per game, followed by Valencia McFarland, 11.7 points per game and Diara Moore, 11.3 points per game. • Courtney Marbra leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.7 rebounds per game. • Valencia McFarland has recorded a team-leading 112 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 have its second bye date of the year on Thursday, Feb. 7 before traveling to Knoxville for a game at No. 9 Tennessee on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. CT.
SCOUTING VANDERBILT Vanderbilt is 14-5 overall and 4-4 in the SEC this season. The team is coming off a 60-52 loss at No. 16 Texas A&M on Thursday night. The Commodores are led by Tiffany Clarke (16.4 points per game/8.5 rebounds per game) and Christina Foggie (15.5 points per game). Jasmine Lister leads the team in assists with 130 and is third on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game.
Vanderbilt leads the all-time series between the two schools, 26-11. The Commodores have won the last three meetings, including a 76-57 win over the Rebels in Oxford on Jan. 6 of this year. Ole Miss’ last win in Nashville was a 77-73 win on Jan. 8, 1987.
ABOUT OLE MISS Ole Miss is coming off a 77-66 loss to Arkansas Thursday night. Tia Faleru and Diara Moore each scored 14 points against the Razorbacks while Valencia McFarland added 11 points, eight rebound s and six assists. Ole Miss is led by Tia Faleru (12.1 points per game), Valencia McFarland (11.7 points per game) and Diara Moore (11.3 points per game). Courtney Marbra leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.7 rebounds per game followed by Danielle McCray who is averaging 5.1 rebounds per game. Brett Frank is in his first year as acting head coach for the Rebels. He has a career record of 8-13 overall and 1-7 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 1/31/13) As a team, Ole Miss is third in free throw percentage (.702), fourth in rebounding offense (41.6 rpg), second in offensive rebounds (17.7), tied for seventh in steals (9.9 spg) and fifth pointers made (5.1). Individually, Valencia McFarland is fourth in assists (5.3 apg), third in assist to turnover ratio (2.7), third in minutes played (34.0), seventh in free throw percentage (.738) and fourth in steals (2.6 spg). Gracie Frizzell is ninth in three pointers made (1.7), Diara Moore is fifth in free throw percentage (.758), while Tia Faleru is tenth (.718). Courtney Marbra is ninth in offensive rebounds (3.0).
OLE MISS RECORDS SEASON LOW IN TURNOVERS Ole Miss recorded a season-low eight turnovers in the team’s loss to Arkansas on Jan. 31. The Rebels recorded just two turnovers in the first half. The eight turnovers in game are the fewest turnovers for a Rebel team since Ole Miss recorded seven turnovers against South Carolina on Jan. 16, 2011.
REBELS MAKING THE MOST FROM FREE THROW CHANCES Through 21 games this season, Ole Miss is shooting 70 percent from the free throw line while in six games this year, Ole Miss has made at least 20 free throws per game. Ole Miss went 20-24 from the line against Arkansas on Jan. 31, 22-32 from the line against Alabama on Jan. 13, 24-31 against McNeese State on Dec. 29, 20-27 from the line in a win over Belmont on Dec. 16 and 23-41 in a win over SELA and 23-27 from the line in a win over MVSU.
MOORE HOT FROM THE FREE THROW LINE OVER THE LAST SEVEN GAMES In the team’s last seven games, Diara Moore has gone 33-42 from the free throw line. She went 6-6 against Vanderbilt, 4-4 against Auburn and 8-10 against Alabama, just 1-4 against Missouri, 4-6 at Florida, 4-6 at Mississippi State and 6-8 against Arkansas. For the season, she leads the team in free throw attempts and makes (75-99) and is fifth in the SEC in free throw percentage, shooting .758 percent.
FALERU CONTINUES TO LEAD TEAM 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 13 games, including the last eight, and pulled down double-digit rebounds in two games. She scored a career-high 24 points against Alabama and has recorded two double-doubles. For the season, she is averaging a team-leading 12.1 points per game and is averaging a team-leading 15.6 points per game in SEC games only.
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 1,021 points, 377 assists and 159 steals. She’s looking to join Carol Ross (1977-81) and Glenda Springfield (1975-79).
MOORE LEADS TEAM IN DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES Through 21 games this season, Diara Moore is leading the team in double figure scoring games with 14 followed by Valencia McFarland and Tia Faleru who have each recorded 13 double figure scoring games. Gracie Frizzell has scored in double figures in six games.
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. 31, McFarland is fourth in the SEC in assists per game, averaging 5.3 and she leads Ole Miss with 112 assists. In the last 12 games, McFarland is averaging 6.58 assists per game. She has recorded 39 career games with at least five assists per game, including 15 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 55 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).
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