OLE MISS REBELS (8-15, 1-9 SEC) Acting head coach: Brett Frank (SOSU, 1995) Career record: 8-15 (1st yr.) Record at Ole Miss: Same MISSISSIPPI STATE LADY BULLDOGS (11-12, 3-7 SEC) Head coach: Vic Schaefer (Tennessee, 1981) Career record: 11-12 (1st yr.) Record at MSU: Same
Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 14/ 7 p.m. CT Site: Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum | (8,867) TV: None Radio: Q93.7/105.5 FM Talent: Graham Doty (play-by-play) Streaming Video: RebelVision Gametracker: OleMissSports.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissWBB Series: Overall: UM, 61-23 Oxford: UM, 27-9 Starkville: UM, 25-13 Neutral: UM, 9-1 Last meeting: 1/27/13, MSU, 72-57 at MSU Frank vs. MSU: 0-1 NOTES: • Ole Miss will host a pair of games this week, starting on Thursday when the team hosts Mississippi State at 7 p.m. • Thursday’s game marks the 85th all-time meeting between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Rebels lead the all-time series, 61-23. • Ole Miss is coming off a 97-68 loss at No. 12 Tennessee Sunday afternoon. • Four of the Rebels’ remaining six games of the year will be against ranked teams. • Diara Moore has scored in double figures a team-leading 17 times this season, most recently 16 points at No. 12 Tennessee on Feb. 10. • Tia Faleru has scored in double figures 14 times this season, including a span of nine straight from Jan. 3 to Feb. 3. • Tia Faleru leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game, followed by Diara Moore, 11.5 points per game and Valencia McFarland, 11.0 points per game. • Courtney Marbra leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.7 rebounds per game. • Valencia McFarland has recorded a team-leading 117 assists this season has recorded at least 100 assists for the third consecutive season. • 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 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 No. 14 South Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. (SEC Network), followed by a game at No. 11 Texas A&M on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI STATE Mississippi State is 11-12 overall and 3-7 in SEC play entering Thursday night’s game. The Lady Bulldogs have won their last two games and three of their last four. Mississippi State is led by Martha Alwal who averages a double-double with 12.5 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game. Kendra Grant is second, averaging 12.3 points per game.
Ole Miss leads the all-time series between the two schools, 61-23. Ole Miss won 33 straight games against the Lady Bulldogs from 1983-97. Mississippi State has won the last six meetings in the series.
ABOUT OLE MISS Ole Miss is coming off a 97-68 loss at No. 12 Tennessee Sunday afternoon. Diara Moore led three Ole Miss players in double figures with 16 points. Gracie Frizzell added 12 points while Danielle McCray scored 11 and added eight rebounds. Ole Miss is led by Tia Faleru (12.0 points per game), Diara Moore (11.5 points per game) and Valencia McFarland (11.0 points per game). Courtney Marbra leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.7 rebounds per game followed by Danielle McCray who is averaging 5.3 rebounds per game. Brett Frank is in his first year as acting head coach for the Rebels. He has a career record of 8-15 overall and 1-9 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.
THURSDAY NIGHT PROMOTIONS In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, Thursday night’s game is I <3 ole="" miss="" all="" fans="" will="" receive="" an="" i="" 3="" tshirt="" and="" can="" enter="" to="" win="" a="" date="" night="" package="" that="" includes="" roses="" massage="" gift="" certificate="" dinner="" are="" irie="" movie="" certificates="" gear="" tickets="" upcoming="" women="" s="" basketball="" men="" baseball="" games="" there="" is="" also="" buy="" one="" get="" on="" free="" ticket="" coupon="" the="" team="" facebook="" page="" at="" com="" olemisswbb="" br=""> OLE MISS IN THE SEC STATS (AS OF 2/10/13) As a team, Ole Miss is third in free throw percentage (.708), fourth in rebounding offense (40.7 rpg), second in offensive rebounds (17.2), sixth in steals (9.9 spg) and sixth pointers made (5.0). Individually, Valencia McFarland is fourth in assists (5.1 apg), third in assist to turnover ratio (2.5), fifth in minutes played (33.9), eighth in free throw percentage (.738) and fifth in steals (2.6 spg). Gracie Frizzell is ninth in three pointers made (1.6), Diara Moore is sixth in free throw percentage (.762), while Tia Faleru is 11th (.725). Courtney Marbra is ninth in offensive rebounds (3.0).
OLE MISS STEPS UP IN SECOND HALF For the year, Ole Miss has scored 836 points in the second half of games while scoring 695 points in the first half of games. In SEC play, Ole Miss has scored 348 points in the second half while scoring 309 points in the first half of its 10 league games.
MOORE LEADS TEAM IN DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES Through 23 games this season, Diara Moore is leading the team in double figure scoring games with 17 followed by Tia Faleru who has recorded 14 double figure scoring games. Valencia McFarland is third on the team with 13 followed by Gracie Frizzell who has scored in double figures in seven games.
REBELS MAKING THE MOST FROM FREE THROW CHANCES Through 23 games this season, Ole Miss is shooting 71 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.
McFARLAND IN THE NCAA STATS In the latest set of NCAA stats released on Monday, Feb. 11, Valencia McFarland is ranked seventh in assist to turnover ratio (2.54), and is 47th in the nation in assists per game (5.1). NCAA stats are released every Monday and Friday.
MOORE HOT FROM THE FREE THROW LINE Diara Moore leads the team in free throw attempts and makes this season (80-105). In a seven-game span from Jan. 6-31, Moore went 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 is sixth in the SEC in free throw percentage, shooting .762 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 14 games, including the first nine SEC games 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 12.0 points per game and is averaging a team-leading 14.8 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 1,030 points, 382 assists and 163 steals. She’s looking to join Carol Ross (1977-81) and Glenda Springfield (1975-79).
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 Feb. 10, McFarland is fourth in the SEC in assists per game, averaging 5.1 and she leads Ole Miss with 117 assists. In a 12-game span from Dec. 21-Jan. 31, McFarland averaged 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.
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.
McFARLAND LEADS THE TEAM IN STEALS Valencia McFarland, who has recorded a team-leading 59 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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