Women's Basketball Notebook Oct. 30

Danielle McCray and the Rebels will take the court for an exhibition on Sunday (Nov. 3) at 2 p.m. vs Christian Brothers.

Danielle McCray and the Rebels will take the court for an exhibition on Sunday (Nov. 3) at 2 p.m. vs Christian Brothers.

Oct. 30, 2013

The Ole Miss women’s basketball team will take the floor for the first time under the direction of head coach Matt Insell on Sunday (Nov. 3) against Christian Brothers University. The game is an exhibition and is free and open to the public. Come check out the 2013-14 Ole Miss women’s basketball team.

Square Jam 2013 = Success

The second annual Square Jam on Friday (Oct. 25) was a smashing success and the women’s basketball team REPRESENTED! Freshman Shequila Joseph teamed with Janari Joesaar from the men’s team to win the three-point contest while Kenyotta Jenkins won the knockout contest. Head coach Matt Insell also participated, serving as a judge for the slam dunk contest which Dwight Coleby won. The highlight of the night was the women’s basketball self-choreographed dance which stole the show.  

Square Jam Stories
Square Jam Recap
Blog: Behind the Scenes at Square Jam
Photo Gallery

Check out the Square Jam 1013 Time Lapse Video

Women’s Basketball In the News
As we approach the start of the 2013-14 season, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team along with its coaches have been featured in several news publications this week .

Matt Insell continues his family’s love of basketball – Daily Mississippian
Ole Miss Square Jam is back for year two – Daily Mississippian
Simmons stays in family, makes move to Rebels – RebelGrove.com

Ole Miss Women’s Hoops Featured on NCAA Women’s Basketball Twitter
The NCAA is making a push to feature more teams on its various social media outlets and the Rebels made the twitter feed on Wednesday (Oct. 30). Ole Miss’ “Guess What Day It Is” video made the feed in honor of the first day of practice.

Guess what day it is? ICYMI, @OleMissWBB was more than excited about the first day of practice! http://t.co/Od4XG6EBEy #ncaaW

— NCAA Women's BKB (@NCAAWomensBKB) October 30, 2013

Season Preview Part 1 – Frontcourt

The Rebels return quite a few players in the frontcourt highlighted by the return of Tia Faleru, Kenyotta Jenkins, Danielle McCray and Monique Jackson. Faleru returns as one of the top scorers from a year ago, averaging 11.4 points per game and a team-best 5.0 rebounds per game. Danielle McCray also returns as one of Ole Miss’ top rebounders from last season, pulling down 5.0 boards per game.

Insell is very impressed by the progress his interior players have made despite lacking in height. 

“Our interior play is improving,” said Insell. “We have five really good athletic options in there. We’re not the biggest team in terms of height, but we are very athletic and we need to use our athleticism to make up for our lack of height.”

“We’re working on facing the basket and making moves away from the basket and attacking more than trying to power things up. We want to use our athleticism to blow by players instead of getting caught up on the inside and getting overpowered.”

Insell has been quite impressed with veterans Jenkins and Faleru.

“Kenyotta Jenkins is playing at a high level, probably the highest level I’ve seen her play at since I’ve been here,” said Insell. “I’m really excited about her and what she can do for us this season. Tia Faleru has really stepped it up at the four spot, giving us a lot in the preseason, as she takes on a different role in a different position this season.

Danielle McCray and Monique Jackson will also be called upon to be forces on the inside this season. McCray posted six games in double figures last season and tallied a career-high 12 rebounds against Lipscomb.

“Danielle McCray continues to come on, and has been scoring the basketball,” said Insell. “She’s very good and needs to continue to develop defensively, but I’m pleased with her progress so far.”

Monique Jackson saw action in 29 games in 2012-13 averaging 3.9 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game. The Phenix City, Ala., native collected a career-high 13 rebounds in Ole Miss’ win over Florida.

“Monique and Bretta (Hart) are working very hard,” said Insell. “I’m very happy with the inside players and look for continued improvement from this group throughout the season.”

Video Interview with Coach Insell – Thoughts on Exhibition Game on Sunday
Coach Insell shared his thoughts on the upcoming exhibition and also whether he had though much about it being his first time on the sidelines as a head coach.

Ole Miss Women’s Basketball on YouTube
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team is FUNNY and if you don’t believe me just watch some of these videos from their YouTube channel. Be ready to laugh!


SEC Chooses Little Rock For 2015 SEC Championship
The Southeastern Conference announced on Thursday (Oct. 17) that the 2015 SEC Tournament will be in North Little Rock, Ark.,

"The Southeastern Conference and its member institutions are excited to return to a city that has shown tremendous support for SEC women’s basketball," Slive said. "Verizon Arena is a great facility and North Little Rock is an enthusiastic community that is perfect to showcase our women’s basketball programs.  We know that our student-athletes, coaches and fans will greatly enjoy a return visit to the area.”

The Verizon Arena will host the women’s tournament for the fourth time, having previously hosted in 2003, 2006 and 2009.  Situated in North Little Rock, the Arena first opened in October of 1999, as Alltel Arena and immediately became the focal point for sports and entertainment in Central Arkansas. Known now as Verizon Arena, the facility is publicly owned by the Multi-Purpose Civic Center Facilities Board for Pulaski County.

The SEC Women's Basketball Tournament was previously announced for Nashville in 2018, 2022 and 2026.  The league office is currently in the bid process for 2016 and 2017.

Full SEC Release

Season Tickets on Sale
If you haven’t gotten your season tickets for the 2013-14 season, it’s not too late. Season tickets are on sale and can be purchased for $50. For additional ticket information go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).Also make sure to note that Ole Miss’ weekday home games will be a 6 p.m. tip, moving up an hour from last season.

SEC Tournament Tickets On Sale
Make sure you get your SEC Tournament tickets to support the Rebels!  Tickets for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament are now on sale.  The 2014 SEC Women’s Tournament will be held at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia on March 5-9, 2014. Tickets for the tournament are $100 for a reserved book.  A ticket book contains seven tickets, one for each session, which allows one person to attend all 13 games.  Tickets can be purchased at www.SECDigitalNetwork.com or by calling (800) 732-4849.  Additional information regarding special ticket promotions, including advanced single session ticket sales, will be announced at a later date.

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 Tai Dillard (@OleMissCoachTai), Assistant Coach Alex Simmons (@APSimms2) and Assistant Coach Todd Schaefer (@OLEMISSCoach)

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