Ole Miss Set For Top 10 Battle with Tennessee

Feb. 5, 2014

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The Last Meeting
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January 9, 2014
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Ole Miss Drops Road Contest At Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Ole Miss women's basketball team came up short in a 70-94 road loss to No. 8/8 Tennessee on Thursday (Jan. 9) night.

Game 24: Ole Miss (10-13, 1-8 SEC) vs. No. 8/8 Tennessee (18-4, 7-2 SEC)
Date: February 6, 2014
Time: 8:05 p.m. (CT)
Location: Oxford, Miss. (Tad Smith Coliseum)
Series:
Tennessee leads, 41-7
Streak: Tennessee has won 25

Upcoming Women's Basketball Promotions:
Thursday, Feb. 6 vs Tennessee - Military Appreciation Day

-Free admission for current and former military personnel
-Ole Miss Dog Tag Giveaway

Thursday, Feb. 20 vs. Texas A&M - Tickled Pink at the Tad Pad
- Ole Miss fans are encouraged to wear pink and also bring back their "Tickled Pink" piggy banks filled with change. Those fans that bring back their piggy bank will receive free admission.  All proceeds from the piggy banks will go to Baptist Hospital. There will also be several pink themed giveaways throughout the game. Several other initiatives will take place during the game and are listed below:
- Silent Auction - Fans will have the chance to bid on gift baskets with all proceeds going to benefit the North MS Baptist Cancer Center.
-Online Auction for Game-Worn Pink Jerseys - Fans will have a chance to bid on game-worn pink jerseys from the Ole Miss women's basketball team. The online auction will open Feb.  13 and will close on Feb 27. The link to the auction can be found at OleMissSports.com
-Cancer Survivor Guest Coaches- The Ole Miss women's basketball team will have several cancer survivors serve as guest coaches for the day's game.  -
Twitter - Fans are encouraged to use the Twitter Hashtag #RebsWearPink and tweet @OleMissWBB during the game to share their own cancer stories or to tweet in honor or memory of a loved one who has battled any type of cancer. Select tweets will scroll on the video board throughout the game.

Starting Five
1. Ole Miss dropped a 81-60 contest to Florida at the Tad Smith Coliseum on Sunday (Feb. 2). The loss moved the Rebels to 10-13, 1-8 in SEC action and was Ole Miss' third consecutive loss after defeating Mississippi State in thrilling overtime fashion on Jan. 23.

2. Junior Tia Faleru posted her SEC-leading 11th double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds against Florida. Faleru's 11 double-doubles are the most for an Ole Miss player since Nikki Byrd recorded 12 during the 2011-12 season - a number Faleru is poised to surpass this season.

 

3. Tia Faleru's 21 points against Florida extended her double-figure scoring streak to four consecutive games. The junior has scored in double figures in six of Ole Miss' last seven and has tallied 20 or more points in four of the last seven games.

4. Valencia McFarland made her 100th consecutive start in Sunday's game vs. Florida. McFarland, who has played in 110 games, has made 109 career starts and has scored in each game of her collegiate career. She is currently ranked No. 7 on Ole Miss' all-time double figures list with 79 games in double figures.

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. Tennessee Notables
-This will be the 49th meeting between the Rebels and Lady Vols and the second meeting between the teams this season. Tennessee took the first meeting, 94-70, in Knoxville on Jan. 9. The Lady Vols lead the all-time series, 41-7, and have won the last 25 meetings between the teams.

-Thursday's game will bring Tennessee athletic trainer Ashley Wilson back to Ole Miss. Wilson worked with the Ole Miss women's basketball team for three seasons before heading to Tennessee for the 2013-14 season.

-Rebel assistant coach Alex Simmons played at Tennessee from 2004-09 and was a member of the 2007 and 2008 Lady Vols national championships. Additionally, Ole Miss head coach Matt Insell was an undergraduate manager for the Tennessee men's team during his undergrad days.  Both Simmons and Insell are also Tennessee natives, both hailing from Shelbyville, Tenn.

-Tennessee's Director of Operations, Michael Beaumont, is also familiar with Ole Miss and Oxford as he was Assistant AD for Football Operations for the Ole Miss football team under former Rebel head coach Houston Nutt from 2008-2012.

A Win Would
-Snap Ole Miss' current three-game losing streak and its 25-game slide to the Lady Volunteers. It would be the first win for the Rebels in Oxford since the 1995-96 season, when they defeated Tennessee, 78-72.

A Loss Would
-Drop Ole Miss to 1-9 in SEC action and extend Tennessee's win streak to 26 consecutive wins over the Rebels. It would also send Ole Miss to 0-6 in televised contests this season.

Scouting No. 8/8 Tennessee
Tennessee enters Thursday's game as winners of their last four with a 64-54 win over Alabama on Sunday (Feb. 2). The Lady Volunteers have a 18-4, 7-2 SEC record with just one road loss in conference to rival, Vanderbilt.  Meighan Simmons leads the offense with 14.7 points per game. Isabelle Harrison (13.0), Ariel Massengale (12.5) and Bashaara Graves (10.0) join Simmons in double figures. Harrison leads the rebounding efforts with 8.7 rebounds per game. Head coach Holly Warlick is in her second season as head coach.

About Ole Miss
Ole Miss enters Thursday's contest with a 10-13, 1-8 SEC record after dropping a 81-60 contest to Florida on Friday. Tia Faleru leads the Rebels with 16.5 points and an SEC-leading 9.7 rebounds per game. Valencia McFarland is also in double figures with 16.3 points per game as is Diara Moore who is contributing 11.0 points per game. Faleru is averaging nearly a double-double and for the season has an SEC-leading 11 double-doubles - the most for a Rebel since the 2011-12 season. Ole Miss is 1-4 in SEC home games and is looking for its second SEC win after defeating Mississippi State. The Rebels are averaging 74.3 points and 41.9 rebounds.

Up Next
The Rebels will hit the road as they travel to Georgia on Sunday (Feb. 9). Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. (CT) at Georgia's Stegeman Coliseum. 

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