WBB Summer Notebook (Aug. 4)

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Aug. 4, 2014

Ole Miss' Shepard Smith Completes His #Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge
Back on July 10, Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork participated in the #Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge benefiting the Kay Yow Foundation. After being called out by Oregon Athletic Director, Rob Mullen, Bjork and his son Payton took to the Walk of Champions and got dumped on by members of the Ole Miss women's basketball team. In return, Bjork challenged Leigh Anne Tuohy, Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen and Ole Miss alum and current Fox News reporter Shepard Smith. Here is video of Leigh Anne Tuohy and Shepard Smith completing the challenge. Additionally, Michele Drinkard, Ole Miss head women's golf coach, got called out by Auburn golf coach Kim Evans. Stay tuned for her challenge video!

Shepard Smith's #Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge

Leigh Anne Tuohy's #Chillin4Charity Cold Water Challenge

Women's Basketball Family Welcomes Newest and Tiniest Member
The women's basketball team welcomed the newest member of its family on Aug. 1 when assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Alex Simmons and her husband, Christian welcomed a daughter, Carsyn. #FirstMemberOfTheClassof2032

Ole Miss Announces Non-Conference Schedule
As the summer winds down the Rebels have announced their 2014-15 non-conference schedule. Some of the highlights include home dates with Middle Tennessee (Nov. 23), Baylor (Dec. 7) and Southern Mississippi (Dec. 18). The Rebels will also travel to Reno, Nevada over the Thanksgiving holiday to participate in the University of Nevada Nugget Classic (Nov. 28-29) where they will take on Utah in the opening game and the winner of Nevada/Portland in the second game. Ole Miss will kick off the 2014-15 season on Nov. 14 vs. Grambling. Game times will be announced at a later date.  The SEC schedule will be released at a late date.

Complete non-conference schedule

Ole Miss Breaks Ground on Pavilion at Ole Miss
On July 31, the Ole Miss Athletic Department broke ground on the new basketball facility, to be called the Pavilion at Ole Miss. The groundbreaking ceremony signified that the Forward Together capital campaign has reached the $112.5 million mark, on the way to its $150 million goal, which included the $85 million set aside for the new arena. Athletic Director Ross Bjork said that the project was under construction and set to be ready to open by December of 2015. 

Athletic Foundation Story | Photo Gallery | Blog: Bjork, Kennedy, Insell at Arena Groundbreaking

Herrington Heads Into Ole Miss M-Club Hall of Fame
Former Ole Miss women's basketball great Armintie Price-Herrington will be inducted into the Ole Miss M-Club Hall of Fame this year. Price, is one of three players in program history to record over 2,000 career points and one of four players with over 1,000 points and 500 career assists. Congrats Mint!

WNBA Update
Armintie Price-Herrington and the Los Angeles Sparks are coming off a stunning 70-69 win over the Connecticut on Sunday (Aug. 3). It was a Rebel affair as former Ole Miss Rebel Jennifer Gillom was on the bench as a member of the Connecticut Sun coaching staff. The Sparks are currently 13-15 and host Tulsa (Aug. 5) and Atlanta (Aug. 8) before hitting the road for games at San Antonio (Aug, 10) and Minnesota (Aug. 12). Gillom and her Sun squad are 11-18 and host Chicago (Aug 5) before traveling to New York (Aug. 8). The Sun then open a three-game homestand starting with Washington (Aug. 10).  Keep up with Armintie on Twitter at @Armintie. Follow the Sparks all season HERE and keep up with Jennifer Gillom and the Connecticut Sun HERE.

McFarland Inks Professional Contract
Former Ole Miss point guard Valenica McFarland (2010-14) inked her first professional contact with Romanian club CSU Alba Lulia of the Euroleague. The Euroleague is regarded as the top women's basketball league in the world and is home to some of the top players in the world. Read about McFarland's signing HERE.

Get to Know The Newest Members of the Ole Miss Squad
Throughout the summer, OleMissSports.com will run a Get To Know feature highlighting the newest members of the Ole Miss women's basketball staff and newcomers. Here are the two Get To Know Features on new assistant coach Brittany Hudson and video coordinator Sean Stephenson

Brittany Hudson - June 27
Sean Stephenson - July 4

In addition to the Get To Know features, OleMissSports.com is running a Rebel Roll Call series with the players. Below are the Roll Call Features:

Gracie Frizzell - July 1


Shequila Joseph - July 8
Tia Faleru - July 15
Bretta Hart - July 22
Danielle McCray - July 29

Newcomer Get To Know Videos
In keeping with the theme of getting to know our newest members of the team, the Rebels have started a video series featuring its newcomers. First up, freshman guard A'Queen Hayes. Check out her video below. We'll unveil videos of all eight of the Ole Miss newcomers leading up to the start of the 2014-15 season.

Basketball Practice Facility Renamed Tuohy Basketball Center
Thanks to the extraordinary contributions of Sean Tuohy and his family to the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation's Forward Together campaign, Ole Miss Athletics has renamed the Basketball Practice Facility the Tuohy Basketball Center. Read all about the renaming HERE.

Rebels Host Horizon Summer Learning Program at Tuohy Center
The women's basketball team hosted a group of youth ages 5-8 who are enrolled in the Horizon Summer Learning Program at the Tuohy Center on Friday (June 27). The group sponsored by the McLean Institute on campus, is a program designed to prevent summer learning loss and features students from Oxford's Bramlett Elementary School. The Ole Miss basketball team and staff put the groups through some basketball drills and played several games during the event.  For more on the event click HERE.

Not To Early For Tickets!
It's not too early to start thinking about the 2014-15 Ole Miss women's basketball season, it will be here before you know it!  Fans can purchase season tickets for $50 and renew their season tickets now.  For ticket information go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).

 Follow Ole Miss Women's Basketball on The Web and Social Media
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. The Ole Miss assistant coaches are also on Twitter. Assistant Coach Brittany Hudson @Coach_BH), Assistant Coach Alex Simmons (@APSimms2) and Assistant Coach Todd Schaefer (@OLEMISSCoach)

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