Rebels Host No. 13/16 A&M on Thursday

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The Last Meeting
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Texas A&M82
February 21, 2013
College Station, Texas
Rebels Fall At No. 10 Texas A&M
Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with 11points and four rebounds while Monique Jackson tied her career high with eight points to go along with six rebounds.

Game 27: Ole Miss (10-16, 1-11 SEC) vs. Texas A&M (20-6, 10-2 SEC)
Date: February 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Location: Oxford, Miss (Tad Smith Coliseum)
Series:
Texas A&M leads, 2-1
Streak: Texas A&M has won 1

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 108-78 road contest at the hands of No. 18/18 Kentucky on Thursday (Feb. 13). The loss moved Ole Miss to 10-16, 1-11 in SEC action and was their sixth consecutive loss after defeating Mississippi State in thrilling overtime fashion on Jan. 23. The six-game winless streak is the longest for the Rebels since dropping 12 straight to close the 2011-12 season.

2. Tia Faleru had a career-night vs. the Wildcats with a game-best 31 points and 16 rebounds. It was Faleru's first career 30-point game and the first for an Ole Miss player since the 2010-11 season when Kayla Melson had 30 vs. Vanderbilt. Faleru's 16 rebounds also tied a career-high, a number she also reached against Washington State earlier this season.

3. Valencia McFarland recorded her 10th game of 20 or more points this season with 21 points against Kentucky. McFarland, who is averaging 16.2 points per game, has 23 career games of 20 or more and has been in double-figures in each of the Rebels last three games and eight of Ole Miss' last 10 outings.

4. With her 31 points and 16 rebounds, Tia Faleru recorded her 13th double-double this season. Faleru's 13 double-doubles leads the SEC and ranks 20th nationally. Faleru, who entered the 2013-14 season with just five career double-double-doubles, has recorded a double-double in three of the Rebel's last four outings.

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. Texas A&M Notables
-This will be the just the fourth meeting between the Rebels and the Aggies with the visiting Aggies holding a 2-1 series advantage. Thursday's meeting will be Texas A&M's first-ever trip to Oxford and the Tad Smith Coliseum.

-Amber Singletary played high school basketball with Texas A&M junior transfer Achiri Ade at Seton Keough in Baltimore, Md.

-Ole Miss assistant coach Tai Dillard is a Texas native. Dillard hails from San Antonio and played her collegiate basketball at Texas, leading the Longhorns to the 2003 Final Four. Additionally Ole Miss senior Diara Moore is also a Texas native hailing from Cedar Hill.

-Thursday's matchup will be between two of the top 3 point guards in the SEC. Texas A&M's Jordan Jones is averaging 6.4 assists per game while Valencia McFarland is averaging 6.3 assists per game. Jones is only averaging 6.2 points per game, while McFarland is contributing 16.2 points for the Rebels. Both are on the Lieberman Award Watch List. 

A Win Would
-Snap Ole Miss' current six-game losing streak and would give the Rebels their second SEC win. The win would also even the record between the Rebels and Aggies in their two meetings as members of the SEC.

A Loss Would
-Drop Ole Miss to 1-12 in SEC action and be the fourth consecutive home loss for the Rebels since defeating Mississippi State on Jan. 23.

Scouting Texas A&M
Texas A&M enters Thursday's game as winners of their last three after defeating Alabama, 71-46 on Sunday (Feb. 16) in Tuscaloosa. The Aggies have only dropped two SEC games this season, those losses coming at the hands of Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Courtney Walker leads the A&M offense with 14.2 points per game while Courtney Williams and Karla Gilbert are also in double-figures with 13.0 points and 10.7 point respectively. Gilbert and Achiri Ade lead the rebounding efforts. Gilbert leads the way with 7.7 rebounds per game while Ade is contributing 7.3 rebounds per game. The Aggies are averaging 68.4 points per game and holding opponents to 56.8 points per game.

About Ole Miss
Ole Miss enters Thursday's contest with a 10-16, 1-11 SEC record after dropping a 108-78 road contest to No. 18/18 Kentucky on Thursday (Feb. 13). Junior Tia Faleru leads Ole Miss with a team-best 16.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Seniors Valencia McFarland and Diara Moore are also in double figures with 16.2 points per game and 10.4 points per game, respectively. Faleru who leads the SEC with 13 double-doubles on the year is the only player in the SEC that ranks in the top five in both scoring and rebounding. Her 9.7 rebounds per game leads the SEC while her 16.8 points ranks her third among her counterparts. Faleru's 13 double-doubles are the most for an Ole Miss player since Nikki Byrd had 12 in 2011-12. The Rebels are averaging 73.7 points per game and 41.7 rebounds through 26 games.  

Up Next
The Rebels will hit the road for their next two games. Ole Miss opens its road swing at Mississippi State on Sunday (Feb. 23). Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. from Mississippi State's Humphrey Coliseum.  

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