McFarland Named Preseason All-SEC

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Valencia McFaland named to the preseason All-SEC second team on Tuesday (Nov. 5).
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Valencia McFaland named to the preseason All-SEC second team on Tuesday (Nov. 5).
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Nov. 5, 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Ole Miss senior point guard Valencia McFarland was named to the preseason All-SEC second team as voted on by the leagues 14 coaches, it was announced by the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday (Nov. 5).

The Edwards, Miss., native earns her second consecutive preseason accolade, also earning second-team honors last season. McFarland, a second team All-SEC selection as a sophomore, enters her senior season second among active SEC players in career assists (420) and fifth among active players in scoring with 1,107 career points.

Last season, McFarland earned SEC Player of the Week honors (Dec. 31) after averaging a triple double (26 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists) at the Tulane Doubletree Classic. McFarland was also a finalist for the C Spire/Gillom Trophy.

The senior guard has been an important piece of the Ole Miss women’s basketball puzzle throughout her career. She has scored in every game she has played in (87) and became just the fourth player in program history to lead her team in assists in three years and the first since Armintie Price to lead the team in three consecutive years.  Additionally, McFarland is on pace to become one of just three players to record 1,000 points, 500 assists and 250 steals. She’s already reached the 1,000-point milestone and is just 80 assists and 75 steals away. Should she achieve the feat, McFarland would join former Rebel greats Carol Ross (1977-81) and Glenda Springfield (1975-79).

The SEC also released the coaches’ poll and Player of the Year projections on Tuesday with Tennessee predicted to win the league in 2014. Points were compiled on a 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for order of prediction, while each player received two points for a first-team vote and one point for a second-team vote.  Coaches do not vote for their own team or players.

The Rebels open regular-season action on Nov. 8 against Jacksonville State at 5 p.m. at the Tad Smith Coliseum. The game is the first game of a doubleheader with the Ole Miss men’s team who take on Troy at 7:30 p.m.

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Coaches Poll

Order of Finish                  Points
1. Tennessee                     167
2. Kentucky                        159
3. LSU                                134
4. Vanderbilt                      124
T5. South Carolina             121
T5. Texas A&M                   121
7. Georgia                         104
8. Auburn                           72
9. Missouri                         69
10. Florida                         60
11. Mississippi State          51
12. Arkansas                     42
13. Ole Miss                     25

14. Alabama                      24

SEC Champion                   First Place Votes
Tennessee                          11         
Kentucky                             3

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC     
DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky                
Theresa Plaisance, LSU                
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina                
Bashaara Graves, Tennessee                    
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee                
Courtney Walker, Texas A&M                  
Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt                      
Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC
Hasina Muhammad, Auburn
Jaterra Bonds, Florida
Shacobie Barbee, Georgia
Samarie Walker, Kentucky
Jennifer O'Neil, Kentucky
Danielle Ballard, LSU
Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss

Martha Alwal, Mississippi State

PLAYER OF THE YEAR                      POINTS
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee            7
DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky            3
Theresa Plaisance, LSU                      3
Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt               1

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