OLE MISS REBELS (9-16, 2-10 SEC) Acting head coach: Brett Frank (SOSU, 1995) Career record: 9-16 (1st yr.) Record at Ole Miss: Same No. 10 TEXAS A&M AGGIES (20-6, 10-2 SEC) Head coach: Gary Blair (Texas Tech, 1972) Career record: 653-264 (29th yr.) Record at Texas A&M: 321-101 (11th yr.)
Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 21/ 7 p.m. CT Site: College Station, Texas | Reed Arena | (12,989) TV: None Radio: Q93.7 Talent: Graham Doty (play-by-play) Streaming Video: www.AggieAthletics.com Gametracker: OleMissSports.com Twitter Updates: @OleMissWBB Series: Overall: Tied 1-1 Oxford: N/A College Station: N/A Neutral: Tied 1-1 Last meeting: 12/20/97, UM, 82-79, at Anchorage, Alaska Frank vs. Texas A&M: 0-0
NOTES: • Ole Miss will travel to Texas A&M for the first-ever meeting against the Aggies in College Station, Texas. • Thursday’s game marks the third all-time meeting between Ole Miss and Texas A&M. The all-time series is tied at 1-1. • Ole Miss is coming off a 62-47 loss against No. 14 South Carolina Sunday. • Three of Ole Miss’ final four games of the year are against top-25 teams (Texas A&M, Georgia and Kentucky). • Tia Faleru recorded her fourth career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds against MSU. Faleru is Ole Miss’ active career leader in double-doubles. • In Ole Miss’ two games last week, Valencia McFarland averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. • 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 16 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, 11.6 points per game Diara Moore, 10.9 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 host No. 12 Georgia Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on CSS.
SCOUTING NO. 10 TEXAS A&M No. 10/13 Texas A&M enters Thursday night’s meeting with Ole Miss 20-6 overall and 10-2 in SEC play. The Aggies are coming off a 70-66 loss to No. 7 Kentucky at home Monday night. Texas A&M is led by Kelsey Bone who leads the team in both scoring (17.3 points per game) and rebounding (9.7 rebounds per game). Courtney Walker is second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.7 points per game. In all games this year, the Aggies are third in the SEC in scoring margin (+15.2 ppg) and are fourth in the SEC in scoring offense (71.2 ppg).
The all-time series between Texas A&M and Ole Miss is tied 1-1. Both meetings have taken place at neutral sites with Ole Miss winning the last meeting between the two schools, 82-79, in Anchorage, Alaska, on Dec. 20, 1997.
ABOUT OLE MISS Ole Miss is coming off a 62-47 loss to No. 14 South Carolina Sunday afternoon. Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists while Tia Faleru scored 14 points and added seven rebounds. For the year, Ole Miss is led by Tia Faleru (12.0 points per game), Valencia McFarland (11.6 points per game) and Diara Moore (10.9 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 9-16 overall and 2-10 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 2/18/13) As a team, Ole Miss is third in free throw percentage (.707), fourth in rebounding offense (40.8 rpg), second in offensive rebounds (16.9), sixth in steals (9.7 spg) and sixth pointers made (4.8). Individually, Valencia McFarland is fourth in assists (5.2 apg), third in assist to turnover ratio (2.5), fourth in minutes played (34.1), eighth in free throw percentage (.745) and seventh in steals (2.5 spg). Gracie Frizzell is ninth in three pointers made (1.6), Diara Moore is seventh in free throw percentage (.761) while Courtney Marbra is tied for ninth in offensive rebounds (2.9).
MOORE HOT FROM THE FREE THROW LINE Diara Moore leads the team in free throw attempts and makes this season (83-109). 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 seventh in the SEC in free throw percentage, shooting .761 percent. Moore’s 83 makes are the most by an Ole Miss player in a season since the 2009-10 season when Bianca Thomas ended the year 132-162 from the line.
OLE MISS STEPS UP IN SECOND HALF For the year, Ole Miss has scored 906 points in the second half of games while scoring 737 points in the first half of games. In SEC play, Ole Miss has scored 418 points in the second half while scoring 351 points in the first half of its 12 league games.
McFARLAND THIRD IN THE SEC IN ASSIST-TO-TURNOVER RATIO Ole Miss point guard Valencia McFarland is third in the SEC in assist to turnover ratio (2.5). In SEC play, McFarland has recorded 68 assists to 29 turnovers and for the season, she has recorded 129 assists to 51 turnovers in 25 games. McFarland has recorded 16 games this season with five or more assists including the 12 of the last 15 games. For her career, McFarland has 40 games with five or more assists and has recorded 394 career assists.
MOORE LEADS TEAM IN DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES Through 25 games this season, Diara Moore is leading the team in double figure scoring games with 17 followed by Tia Faleru who has recorded 16 double figure scoring games. Valencia McFarland is third on the team with 15 followed by Gracie Frizzell who has scored in double figures in seven games.
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