Rebels Welcome Tennessee State on Sunday

Valencia McFarland

Nov. 23, 2013

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Game 7: Ole Miss (2-4) vs. Tennessee State (1-4)
Date: November 24, 2013
Time: 2 p.m. (CT)
Location: Oxford, Miss. (Tad Smith Coliseum)
Ole Miss leads, 2-0
Streak: Ole Miss has won two

Starting Five
1. Ole Miss is back in action at the Tad Pad on Sunday when they Tennessee State Tigers make the trek to Oxford. This will be the first meeting between the teams since the 2006 season. Ole Miss won that last meeting 90-50 and owns a 2-0 series advantage.  

2. The Rebels snapped their four-game losing streak in convincing fashion on Friday night. Ole Miss defeated Southeastern Louisiana 96-69 and picked up its 16th consecutive win in the series. The win moves Ole Miss to 2-1 in the Tad Pad this season.     

3. Valencia McFarland dropped 20 points in Ole Miss' win over Southeastern Louisiana. It was McFarland's first 20-point game this season and the second consecutive game the Rebels have had a player score 20 points or more. Tia Faleru had 29 points against Washington State to close the Rainbow Wahine Classic.  

4.  Valencia McFarland's scoring streak is up to 93 consecutive games after her 20 points against Southeastern Louisiana. She has also started in 94 career game, including 84 consecutive games.  The last time McFarland didn't score or start was during her freshman season.

5. Ole Miss' 96 points against Southeastern La., is the most points scored by an Ole Miss team since the Rebels dropped 95 against the same Lions team in the 2012-13 season opener. In fact, over the course of the last seven meetings with the Lions, Ole Miss is averaging 88 points per game.   

Ole Miss vs. Tennessee State Notables
-This will be the third meeting between Ole Miss and Tennessee State but the first meeting since the 2005-06 season.  The Rebels lead the series 2-0 and have a 28-5 record against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference.  

-Ole Miss and Tennessee State have several opponents in common. Tennessee State will take on fellow SEC members, Tennessee and Florida while the Rebels will take on another Ohio Valley team in Austin Peay.

 - Ole Miss Director of Operations, Eric White is very familiar with Tennessee State after spending the previous three seasons at Morehead State, who also plays in the Ohio Valley Conference.

A Win Would
-Give the Rebels back-to-back victories for the first time this season and move Ole Miss to 3-1 on its home court and 29-5 against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference.  

A Loss Would
-Give Tennessee State its first win in the series against the Rebels and drop Ole Miss to 2-2 at the Tad Smith Coliseum this season.   

Scouting Tennessee State
Tennessee State enters Sunday's game with a 1-4 record after dropping a 76-74 contest to Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on Thursday (Nov. 21). Chelsea Hudson leads the Tigers with 18.8 points per game and is the lone player in double figures for Tennessee State. Hudson also leads the way on the glass with 7.6 rebounds per game. Rachel Allen is nearing double figures with 9.4 points per game while Imani Davis is scoring to the tune of 8.2 points per contest. Head coach Larry Joe Inman is in his second season on the Tennessee State sidelines, after leading the Tigers to a 13-15 record in his first season.    

About Ole Miss
Ole Miss enters Friday's contest with a 2-4 record after defeating Southeastern Louisiana on Friday (Nov. 22) by a score of 96-69. Valencia McFarland led the way with 20 points, while Tia Faleru posted her second consecutive double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, turning it on in the second half with 15 of her 18 points and 10 of her 12 rebounds coming after the break. Faleru is leading the Rebels and is averaging 14.3 points per game and an SEC-leading 11.0 rebounds per game. Valencia McFarland is also in double figures with 13.8 points per game and Diara Moore is nearing double figures with 8.8 points per game. As squad, Ole Miss is averaging 71.0 points per game and is pulling down 46.8 rebounds per game.

Up Next
Ole Miss closes its three-game homestand when it welcomes Louisiana-Monroe to Oxford on Tuesday (Nov. 26). The Rebels and War Hawks will play in the second game of a doubleheader with the Ole Miss men's squad.  Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's game against North Carolina A&T.

Rebels on the Airwaves
Ole Miss' regular-season games can be heard on Q93.7 FM or 105.1 FM with the pregame show starting 15 minutes before tipoff.  Graham Doty, in his third season calling Ole Miss women's basketball games, will be on the call. Game updates via Twitter will be available all season at @OleMissWBB. All home games that are not on TV will be streamed online through the subscription-based RebelVision.

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