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The Last Meeting
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January 24, 2013
Gainesville, Fla.
Women's Hoops Posts SEC Win At Florida
Valencia McFarland led one of five Ole Miss players in double figures with a season-high 24 points.

Game 23: Ole Miss (10-12, 1-7 SEC) vs. Florida (15-6, 5-3 SEC)
Date: February 2, 2014
Time: 1:04 p.m. (CT)
Location: Oxford, Miss. (Tad Smith Coliseum)
Series:
Florida leads, 18-14
Streak: Ole Miss has won one

Upcoming Women's Basketball Promotions:
Sunday Feb. 2 vs. Florida - National Girl's and Women in Sport Day

-Trading Pack No. 3 Giveaway
-Oxford High Dance Team Halftime performance

Thursday, Feb. 6 vs Tennessee - Military Appreciation Day
-Free admission for current and former military personnel
-Ole Miss Dog Tag Giveaway

Starting Five
1. Ole Miss fell to No. 7/8 South Carolina, 99-70, in Columbia, S.C., on Thursday (Jan. 30). The loss moved the Rebels to 10-12, 1-7 in SEC action and was Ole Miss' second consecutive loss and their fifth straight loss to the Gamecocks. The Rebels move to 0-5 against ranked opponents and 0-3 against top 10 foes.

2. With her 24 points, senior Valencia McFarland was in double-figures for the 78th time in her career and for the fourth consecutive game against South Carolina. Additionally, McFarland's 24 points gave her 20+ for the fourth time in Ole Miss' last five games and for the ninth time this season.

3. Tia Faleru's 19 points, 18 in the second half, marked her third consecutive game in double figures and her fifth game in double-figures in the last five outings. Faleru is averaging 16.2 points per game and leads the Rebels with 9.5 rebounds per game. 

4. Valencia McFarland will make her 100th consecutive start in Sunday's game vs. Florida. McFarland, who has played in 109 games, has made 108 career starts and has scored in each game of her collegiate career.

5. Valencia McFarland was named to the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List on Jan. 15. The award is given to the nation's top point guard. McFarland is one of 29 players on the Watch List and joins Arkansas' Calli Berna, Tennessee's Ariel Massengale and Texas A&M's Jordan Jones.

 Ole Miss vs. Florida Notables
-This will be the 33rd meeting between the Rebels and Gamecocks. Florida holds an 18-14 advantage over Ole Miss, but Ole Miss won the last meeting, 88-81, in Gainesville a season ago. Florida owns a 10-5 advantage in games played in Oxford and has won the last four meetings at the Tad Smith Coliseum. 

-Ole Miss junior Danielle McCray is a Florida native, hailing from West Palm Beach, Fla. The Gators don't have any Mississippi natives on their roster but they do have a San Antonio, Texas native in Cassie Peoples. San Antonio is the hometown of Ole Miss assistant coach Tai Dillard.

-The Rebels and Gators have one common non-conference opponent in Tennessee State. The Rebels defeated TSU, 77-61 and the Gators took an 86-56 win over the Tigers in their holiday tournament.

A Win Would
-Stop the Rebels two-game slide and give Ole Miss their second win in SEC action this season. The Rebels are seeking their first season of more than two league wins since the 2010-11 season when they had three SEC wins.

A Loss Would
-Drop Ole Miss to 1-8 in SEC action and give the Gators their fifth consecutive win on Ole Miss' home floor. It would also send the Rebels to an 0-5 mark in televised contests this season.

Scouting Florida
Florida enters Sunday's game with a 15-6, 5-3 SEC record after defeating Alabama, 75-67, on Thursday (Jan. 30). The win was the second consecutive for the Gators, who snapped a three game skid against Auburn on Jan. 26. Jaterra Bonds leads the offense and is scoring 16.0 points per game. She is joined in double figures by January Miller (10.7), Cassie Peoples (10.5) and Kayla Lewis (10.3). Lewis leads the rebounding efforts for Florida and is pulling down 8.4 rebounds per game. Florida is 1-2 on the road in SEC action with losses to LSU and Tennessee. Head coach Amanda Butler is in her eighth season at her alma mater.

About Ole Miss
Ole Miss enters Thursday's contest with a 10-12, 1-7 SEC record after dropping falling to No. 7/8 South Carolina, 99-7, on the road on Thursday night. Valencia McFarland leads the Rebels with 16.8 points per game and 6.2 assists per game.  Tia Faleru joins her in double figures with 16.2 points per game as does Diara Moore with 10.9 points per game. Faleru, who has an SEC leading 10 double-doubles on the year, leads the Rebels rebounding efforts with 9.5 rebounds per game. Ole Miss is 1-3 in SEC home games this season. The Rebels are averaging 75.0 points per game and are pulling down 41.9 rebounds per game. 

Up Next
The Rebels will stay at home as they host No. 10/10 Tennessee in a televised contest on Thursday (Feb. 6). Tipoff is set for 8:05 p.m. (CT) and will be televised on CSS. 

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