OXFORD, Miss. –Former Ole Miss point guard Valencia McFarland has seen her professional dreams fulfilled as she signed her first professional contract with Euroleague team CSU Alba Lulia in Romania on Monday (July 14).
“This is a dream come true,” said McFarland. “I’ve always wanted to play professional basketball and I look forward to competing with and against some of the top women’s basketball players in the country. I’d like to thank my family and friends for their continued support throughout this journey.”
McFarland (2010-14) will go down as one of the greats to ever wear an Ole Miss jersey. The 5-4 point guard closed her career as the No. 6 scorer with 1,655 career points, surpassing the 1,000-point mark as a junior. In her senior campaign she tallied 201 assists, which ranks third on Ole Miss’ single-season list, while scoring 20 or more points on 15 occasions. McFarland closed the season with double figures in each of Ole Miss’ last nine games.
McFarland, an All-SEC second-team selection and an honorable mention AP All-American, joined former Ole Miss great Armintie Price as the only Rebels to lead their team in steals in four consecutive years and is one of five players with 1,000 points and 400 assists. McFarland was a two-time finalist for the C Spire/Gillom Trophy, awarded to the top women’s basketball player in Mississippi and named after another Ole Miss great, Peggie Gillom-Granderson.
McFarland’s club plays in the Euroleague, which is widely regarded as the top women’s basketball league in the world. The league is home to WNBA stars Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird as well as numerous elite players from around the globe. The Raymond, Miss., native also spent time in WNBA’s Seattle Storm training camp this spring.
It’s not too early to get your tickets for the 2014-15 season. For women’s basketball ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587.). For all Ole Miss women’s basketball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWBB, Facebook at Ole Miss WBB and on Instagram at Ole Miss_WBB. Fans can also follow Ole Miss women’s basketball head coach Matt Insell on Twitter at @minsell
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