McFarland, Faleru Earn All-SEC Honors

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Valencia McFarland and Tia Faleru earned All-SEC Second Team accolades.
Valencia McFarland and Tia Faleru earned All-SEC Second Team accolades.

March 4, 2014


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ole Miss senior guard Valencia McFarland and junior forward Tia Faleru both earned spots on the All-SEC second team as voted on by the leagues 14 coaches it was announced by the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday (March 4)

McFarland, an Edwards, Miss., native was a preseason second team selection who leads Ole Miss in scoring with 16.9 points per game and 6.3 assists per game. This season, the senior guard scored her 1,500th career point, becoming one of just seven players in program history to score 1500 points in program history. McFarland currently has 1,614 career points and will graduate as the No. 6 scorer at Ole Miss. McFarland, has scored 20 or more points on 12 occasions this season and has reached double figures in each of Ole Miss' last seven games.  

The senior has started in 116 of the 117 career games she has played and has made 107 consecutive starts, dating back to her freshman year. McFarland is on pace to join former Ole Miss great Armintie Price as the only Rebels to lead their team in steals in four consecutive years and will also become one of five players with 1,000 points and 500 assists. McFarland is a two-time finalist for the C Spire/Gillom Trophy, awarded to the top women's basketball player in Mississippi.

Faleru earns her first career All-SEC accolade in 2013-14. Faleru, a C Spire Wireless Gillom Trophy finalist, is leading the Rebels in nearly every statistical category. The Ozark, Ala., native is scoring 16.8 points per game and pulling down an SEC-best 9.8 rebounds per game to lead Ole Miss.  Faleru is having her finest season in an Ole Miss uniform, recording 15 double-doubles and scoring in double figures in 22 games. Faleru's 15 double-doubles leads the SEC and ranks 17th nationally. She recorded a career-best 31 points and 16 rebounds against Kentucky, recording the first 30-point game since Kayla Melson in 2009-10.

Faleru, Co-SEC Player of the Week on Nov. 25, is 55 points from the 1,000-point milestone and will become the 26th player in program history to reach the milestone. In Ole Miss' eight games against ranked foes, Faleru is averaging 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds and has scored in double-figures in seven of the eight meetings.   

South Carolina's Dawn Staley, Tiffany Mitchell and Alaina Coates were named Coach, Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively to headline the SEC awards.

Mississippi State's Martha Alwal and Texas A&M's Jordan Jones were named Co-Defensive Players of the Year, while Coates and Kentucky's Jennifer O'Neill were named Co-6th Player of the Year.  Missouri's Lianna Doty was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

First-team and second-team All-SEC honorees, All-Freshman team, All-Defensive team, along with Player, Coach and Freshman, Defensive Player, 6th Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year were chosen by the league's 14 coaches. Ties were not broken.

 Ole Miss opens action at the 2014 SEC Tournament on Wednesday (March 5) against No. 11 seed Arkansas at 7:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised live on Fox Sports South and will also be available on the WatchESPN App.

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Complete Awards
Coach of the Year: Dawn Staley, South Carolina
Player of the Year: Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Freshman of the Year: Alaina Coates, South Carolina
Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Martha Alwal, Mississippi State / Jordan Jones, Texas A&M
Co-6th Players of the Year: Jennifer O'Neill, Kentucky / Alaina Coates, South Carolina
Scholar- Athlete of the Year: Lianna Doty, Missouri

First Team All-SEC
Tyrese Tanner, Auburn
Jaterra Bonds, Florida
Theresa Plaisance, LSU
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
Bri Kulas, Missouri
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee
Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee
Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC
Jessica Jackson, Arkansas
Shacobia Barbee, Georgia
Jennifer O'Neill, Kentucky
DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky
Tia Faleru, Ole Miss
Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss

Alaina Coates, South Carolina
Courtney Williams, Texas A&M
Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt
Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt
Ashley Williams, Alabama
Jessica Jackson, Arkansas
Brandy Montgomery, Auburn
Ronni Williams, Florida
Linnae Harper, Kentucky
Raigyne Moncrief, LSU
Breanna Richardson, Mississippi State
Alaina Coates, South Carolina
Andraya Carter, Tennessee

Tyrese Tanner, Auburn
Hasina Muhammad, Auburn
Shacobia Barbee, Georgia
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
Elem Ibiam, South Carolina
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Jordan Jones, Texas A&M

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