Ole Miss Travels to No. 18/18 Kentucky

Feb. 12, 2014

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The Last Meeting
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February 28, 2013
Oxford, Miss.
Women's Hoops Falls To Top-10 Team
Tia Faleru recorded her fourth double-double of the season, and fifth of her career, with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Danielle McCray also scored in double figures for Ole Miss adding 12 points.

Game 26: Ole Miss (10-15, 1-10 SEC) at Kentucky (17-6, 5-5 SEC)
Date: February 13, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: Lexington, Ky. (Memorial Coliseum)
Series:
Ole Miss leads, 20-14
Streak: Kentucky has won 4

Upcoming Women's Basketball Promotions:
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.

Sunday, March 2 vs. Auburn - Senior Night
-$3 Tickets in honor of seniors, Valencia McFarland, Kenyotta Jenkins and Diara Moore
-Foam Finger Giveaway and Trading Pack No. 4
-Tots Performance at halftime

Starting Five
1. Ole Miss dropped a 84-63 road contest to Georgia on Sunday (Feb. 9). The Rebels move to 10-15, 1-10 in SEC action and have lost their last five games after defeating Mississippi State in thrilling overtime fashion on Jan. 23.

2. Senior Valencia McFarland picked up her 1500th career point with 14 points against Georgia. McFarland become one of seven players in program history to reach the 1500-point milestone, joining the likes of Peggie and Jennifer Gillom and Armintie Price. To date, McFarland has 1506 career points.

3. Valencia McFarland also posted her second consecutive double-double against the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points and 10 rebounds. McFarland has posted six double-doubles on the season and the Georgia game marked her first back-to-back double-doubles this season. McFarland is ranked second in the SEC with 6.4 assists per game.

4. Amber Singletary knocked down a career-high five triples against Georgia. Singletary's five triples are the most by an Ole Miss player this season. Singletary posted 15 of Ole Miss 25 bench points against the Lady Bulldogs and was in double-figures for the first time since the West Virginia game on Nov. 15

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. Kentucky Notables
-This will be the 35th meeting between the Rebels and Wildcats. Ole Miss owns a 20-14 series advantage, but has dropped the last four meetings between the teams. The Wildcats current four-game streak is the longest in the series between the teams.

-Thursday's game will serve as a Homecoming for Ole Miss head coach Matt Insell. Insell spent the previous five seasons at Kentucky as the top assistant before being named Ole Miss head coach on March 28, 2013. Insell helped guide the Wildcats to three Elite Eight appearances.

-Kentucky assistant Shalon Pillow played her collegiate basketball at Tennessee as did Ole Miss assistant coach Alex Simmons, who played under her maiden name of Fuller.

A Win Would
-Snap Ole Miss' current five-game losing streak and its four-game slide to Kentucky. The win would also be the first SEC road win for Ole Miss this season and extend Ole Miss' record to 10-7 in games played in Lexington.

A Loss Would
-Drop Ole Miss to 1-11 in SEC action and extend Kentucky's current win streak to five straight over the Rebels. A loss would also keep Ole Miss winless in its last 11 SEC road games, dating back to the 2012-13 season.

Scouting Kentucky
Kentucky enters Thursday's game with a 17-6, 5-5 SEC record after dropping a road contest at Florida on Sunday (Feb. 9). The Wildcats are 3-2 at home and 2-3 on the road in SEC games and haven't won more than two straight since defeating Missouri and Auburn in back-to-back games in January. Jennifer O'Neil leads the Wildcats with 12.4 points per game while DeNesha Stallworth (11.0) Samarie Walker (10.4) and Bria Goss (10.0) are also in double figures. Walker leads the rebounding efforts with 9.1 rebounds per game. The Wildcats are averaging 83.5 points per game while holding opponents to just 67.3 points. Head coach Matthew Mitchell is in his seventh season.

About Ole Miss
Ole Miss enters Thursday's contest with a 10-15, 1-10 SEC record after dropping a road contest to Georgia on Sunday (Feb. 9). Tia Faleru leads the way with 16.2 points per game and an SEC leading 9.5 rebounds per game. Senior Valencia McFarland isn't far behind with 16.0 points per game and 6.4 assists per game. Diara Moore is also contributing 10.6 points per game. Faleru, who has an SEC leading 12 double-doubles on the season, is nearly averaging a double-double, and is the only player in the top 5 in rebounding (1st - 9.5)  and scoring (5th - 16.2). Faleru's 12 double-doubles are the most for an Ole Miss player since Nikki Byrd had 12 in 2011-12. The Rebels are averaging 73.5 points per game and 41.8 rebounds through 25 games.   

Up Next
The Rebels will take the weekend off before hitting the hardwood against Texas A&M on Thursday (Feb. 20). Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and will be Ole Miss' annual "Tickled Pink at the Tad Pad" game. 

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