OLE MISS REBELS (9-15, 2-9 SEC) Acting head coach: Brett Frank (SOSU, 1995) Career record: 9-15 (1st yr.) Record at Ole Miss: Same No. 14 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (20-5, 8-4 SEC) Head coach: Dawn Staley (Virginia, 1992) Career record: 259-143 (13th yr.) Record at South Carolina: 87-63 (5th year)
Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 17/ 1:05 p.m. CT Site: Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum (8,867) TV: SEC Network Talent: Cara Capuano (PxP), Steffi Sorensen (analyst) Radio: 105.5 FM Talent: Graham Doty (play-by-play) Streaming Video: N/A Gametracker: OleMissSports.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissWBB Series: Overall: UM, 17-15 Oxford: UM, 8-4 Columbia: USC, 8-5 Neutral: UM, 5-2 Last meeting: 1/26/12, USC, 61-43, at Columbia Frank vs. South Carolina: 0-0
NOTES: • Ole Miss host its second game of the week, playing host to No. 14 South Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network. • Sunday's game marks the 33rd all-time meeting between Ole Miss and South Carolina. The Rebels lead the all-time series, 17-15. • Ole Miss is coming off a 65-51 win over Mississippi State Thursday night. • Starting with No. 14 South Carolina Sunday, Ole Miss' next four games are against top-25 teams (South Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia and Kentucky). • Tia Faleru recorded her fourth career double-double against with 11 points and 11 rebounds against MSU. Faleru is Ole Miss' active career leader in double-doubles. • Valencia McFarland finished the game against Mississippi State two rebounds and two assists from a triple-double - 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. • 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 15 times this season, including a span of nine straight games from Jan. 3 to Feb. 3. • Tia Faleru leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points per game, followed by Valencia McFarland, 11.4 points per game Diara Moore, 11.3 points per game. • Courtney Marbra leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.5 rebounds per game. • 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.
UP NEXT: Ole Miss will play at No. 11 Texas A&M on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
SCOUTING NO. 14 SOUTH CAROLINA No. 14/16 South Carolina enters Sunday's game with Ole Miss 20-5 overall and 8-4 in SEC play. The Gamecocks are coming off a 78-74 loss at No. 7 Kentucky on Thursday night. South Carolina is led by Aleighsa Welch who is the lone Gamecock player scoring in double figures, averaging 12.0 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounding, averaging 7.9 boards per game.
Ole Miss leads the all-time series between the two schools, 17-15. The Gamecocks have won the last three meetings. Ole Miss' last win over South Carolina was a 64-63 win in the first round of the SEC Tournament on March 4, 2010.
ABOUT OLE MISS Ole Miss is coming off a 65-51 win over Mississippi State on Thursday night. Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Tia Faleru added her fourth career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Kenyotta Jenkins scored 10 points and added eight rebounds. Ole Miss is led by Tia Faleru (12.0 points per game), Valencia McFarland (11.4 points per game) and Diara Moore (11.3 points per game). Courtney Marbra leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.5 rebounds per game followed by Danielle McCray who is averaging 5.2 rebounds per game. Brett Frank is in his first year as acting head coach for the Rebels. He has a career record of 9-15 overall and 2-9 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.
OLE MISS IN THE SEC STATS (AS OF 2/14/13) As a team, Ole Miss is third in free throw percentage (.713), fourth in rebounding offense (40.8 rpg), second in offensive rebounds (17.1), fifth in steals (10.0 spg) and sixth pointers made (4.9). Individually, Valencia McFarland is fourth in assists (5.2 apg), first in assist to turnover ratio (2.7), fourth in minutes played (34.0), eighth in free throw percentage (.750) and sixth in steals (2.5 spg). Gracie Frizzell is ninth in three pointers made (1.7), Diara Moore is seventh in free throw percentage (.762) while Courtney Marbra is tied for ninth in offensive rebounds (3.0).
REBELS COME BACK FROM DOUBLE-DIGIT DEFICITS Over the last three seasons, Ole Miss has come back from double-digit deficits 10 times to win, including twice this year. Most recently, the Rebels overcame a 12-point deficit against Mississippi State to win on Feb. 14. Ole Miss also came back from 15 down to beat UMass 71-59 this season on Dec. 8, 2012. The Rebels came back from double-digit deficits four times in 2010-11 and four times in 2011-12.
OLE MISS STEPS UP IN SECOND HALF For the year, Ole Miss has scored 874 points in the second half of games while scoring 722 points in the first half of games. In SEC play, Ole Miss has scored 386 points in the second half while scoring 336 points in the first half of its 11 league games.
FALERU RECORDS FOURTH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE Tia Faleru, Ole Miss' active career leader in double-doubles, recorded her third double-double of the year with 11 points and 11 rebounds in a win over MSU on Feb. 14. She recorded 18 points and added 10 rebounds at LSU on Jan. 3 and also scored 15 points and added 10 rebounds against McNeese State on Dec. 29.
Valencia McFarland recorded her second career double-double, and first of the year, with a season-high 24 points and 10 assists at Florida on Jan. 24. Both of McFarland's double-doubles are with points and assists.
Danielle McCray recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in a win over MVSU while Kenyotta Jenkins recorded her second career double-double against SELA on Nov. 9 when she scored a career-high 13 points and added 10 rebounds. Valencia McFarland is the only current player to record a double-double in something other than points and rebounds (points and assists.)
Active Players With Double-Doubles Season Career Tia Faleru 3 4 Valencia McFarland 1 2 Kenyotta Jenkins 1 2 Danielle McCray 1 1 Courtney Marbra 0 2
McFARLAND LEADS SEC IN ASSIST-TO-TURNOVER RATIO Ole Miss point guard Valencia McFarland is first in the SEC in assist to turnover ratio (2.7). In SEC play, McFarland has recorded 64 assists to 24 turnovers and for the season, she has recorded 125 assists to 46 turnovers in 24 games. McFarland has recorded 16 games this season with five or more assists including the 12 of the last 14 games. For her career, McFarland has 40 games with five or more assists and has recorded 390 career assists.
MOORE LEADS TEAM IN DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES Through 24 games this season, Diara Moore is leading the team in double figure scoring games with 17 followed by Tia Faleru who has recorded 15 double figure scoring games. Valencia McFarland is third on the team with 14 followed by Gracie Frizzell who has scored in double figures in seven games.
REBELS MAKING THE MOST FROM FREE THROW CHANCES Through 24 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 Friday, Feb. 15, Valencia McFarland is ranked third in assist to turnover ratio (2.72), and is 41st in the nation in assists per game (5.2). NCAA stats are released every Monday and Friday.
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