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The Last Meeting
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January 23, 2014
Oxford, Miss.
Ole Miss Defeats Mississippi State
Ole Miss defeats Mississippi State 87-85 in overtime to clinch first SEC win. Tia Faleru leads Rebels with 29 points.

Game 28: Ole Miss (10-17, 1-12 SEC) at Mississippi State (17-9, 4-9 SEC)
Date: February 23, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Location: Starkville, Miss (Humphrey Coliseum)
Series:
Ole Miss leads, 63-23
Streak: Ole Miss has won 1

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Starting Five
1. Ole Miss dropped a 73-61 contest to No. 13/16 Texas A&M on Thursday (Feb. 20). The loss moved the Rebels to 10-17, 1-12 in SEC action and was the seventh straight loss after an overtime win over Mississippi State on Jan. 23. The loss was also Ole Miss' fourth loss at home, the longest home losing streak all season.

2. Tia Faleru picked up her second consecutive double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds against Texas A&M. Faleru, who now has an SEC leading 14 double-doubles on the season, has posted double-doubles in four of the last five games and with her 21 points has been in double figures in seven of Ole Miss' last eight games.  

3. Valencia McFarland picked up her 83 career game of double-figures with 12 points against Texas A&M. McFarland, who has scored in each of the 114 career games she has played, has scored in double figures in 9 of Ole Miss' last 10 games. In only five games this season has McFarland been held to single-digits

4. Ole Miss had three players play "complete games" against Texas A&M.  McFarland, Danielle McCray and Gracie Frizzell each played 40 minutes against the Aggies. McFarland has played 40 or more minutes in the Rebels last four games and in eight of Ole Miss' last 10 games. Frizzell and McCray have each played two 40-minute games this season.

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. Mississippi State Notables
-This will be the 87th meeting between the Rebels and Bulldogs. Ole Miss owns a 63-23 series advantage and claimed the first meeting between the teams in Oxford, 87-85, in an overtime thriller. Ole Miss' win was just the second in the last eight meetings between the rivals.

-Legendary women's basketball coach, Van Chancellor, and former Ole Miss head coach has unique ties to both programs. Chancellor is a 1965 graduate of Mississippi State and served as the head women's basketball coach at Ole Miss from 1978-1997. Chancellor led the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament 14 times and to the 1992 SEC regular-season title with a perfect 11-0 record.

-Ole Miss and Mississippi State have two non-conference opponents in common in Southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi Valley State. Both teams earned victories against the teams. Additionally, Mississippi State took on Middle Tennessee State in non-conference action, falling to the Blue Raiders. The Raiders are coached by Rick Insell, the father of Ole Miss head coach Matt Insell.

A Win Would
-Snap Ole Miss' current seven-game losing streak and would give the Rebels a regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs for the first time since the 2003-04 season. The Rebels did win back-to-back games during the 2007-08 season, but one of those games was in the SEC Tournament. Ole Miss is looking for its first win in Starkville since the 2006-07 season, a 86-84 overtime victory.

A Loss Would
-Drop Ole Miss to 1-13 in SEC action and give the Rebels their seventh road loss in SEC action. The Rebels are seeking their first SEC road win this season and the first since defeating Florida in Gainesville last season. The streak currently spans 11 games.  

Scouting Mississippi State
Mississippi State enters Sunday's game with a 17-10, 4-9 SEC record after dropping a 72-64 overtime road contest at Alabama. The Bulldogs are led by Martha Alwal who is averaging 15.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Kendra Grant is the other Bulldog in double figures with 11.2 points per game. Dominique Dillingham and Breanna Richardson are close to double digits with 9.5 and 9.0 points, respectively. Richardson is also adding 5.5 rebounds per games. The Bulldogs are averaging 72.2 points per game and 39.1 rebounds per game. Mississippi State is 12-3, 3-3 SEC in games played at home.

About Ole Miss
Ole Miss enters Sunday's game with a 10-17, 1-12 SEC record after falling to No. 13/16 Texas A&M, 73-61, on Thursday at the Tad Smith Coliseum. Junior Tia Faleru leads the Rebels with 17.0 points per game and a SEC leading 9.7 rebounds per game. Nancy Lieberman Award candidate, Valencia McFarland is also in double figures with 16.0 points per game, while Diara Moore is contributing 10.1 points per game. Faleru who leads the SEC with 14 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 73.2 points per game and 41.4 rebounds.  

Up Next
The Rebels will stay on the road traveling to Missouri on Thursday (Feb. 27). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT) from Missouri's Mizzou Arena. The game will be televised on Fox Sports - Midwest and SportsSouth.

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