Nov. 29, 2013
Ole Miss Game Notes
Ole Miss hits the road for its next contest, traveling to New Orleans, La., to take on Tulane out of Conference USA. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Tulane's Devlin Fieldhouse. Fans can follow the action with in-game tweets (@OleMissWBB) and also with live stats on OleMissSports.com.
Game 9: Ole Miss (4-4) at Tulane (4-1)
Date: November 30, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Location: New Orleans, La. (Devlin Fieldhouse)
Series: Tulane leads, 2-1
Streak: Tulane has won 2
1. Valencia McFarland scored a season-high 23 points in Ole Miss' win over Louisiana-Monroe. McFarland's 23 points marked her third consecutive game with 20 or more points and is the first time in her career that she has scored 20 or more in three consecutive games. She has posted back-to-back 20 point games on three occasions.
2. Valencia McFarland also dished out a season-best 10 assists against Louisiana-Monroe. It was her first game of 10 or more assists this season and her fifth career game of 10 or more assists. The senior was one shy of her career high of 11, a mark she reached against Southeastern Louisiana during the 2011-12 season.
3. Ole Miss held court on its home court, going 3-0 in its last three home games and moving to 4-1 at the Tad Smith Coliseum. Additionally, Ole Miss has won three straight games for the first time since the 2011-12 season, when they posted five consecutive victories.
4. Sophomore Gracie Frizzell exploded for a season-high 17 points against Louisiana-Monroe. Frizzell, who opened the season 3-of-30 from long range, has warmed up over the last three games, shooting at a .571 clip (8-of-17) and nailing a season-best four in the win over Louisiana-Monroe.
5. Valencia McFarland's scoring streak is up to 95 consecutive games after dropping 23 points against Louisiana-Monroe. She also made her 85th consecutive start. The last time McFarland didn't start or score was during her freshman season. McFarland would need to play in 29 more games to enter the top 10 on Ole Miss's career game played list.
Ole Miss vs. Tulane Notables
-This will be the fourth meeting between Ole Miss and Tulane and the first since the 1997-98 season. Tulane leads the series, 2-1, and has won the last two meetings between the teams, including a win in Oxford during the 1996-97 season.
-Tulane will be one of two Conference USA teams the Rebels take on this season, as Ole Miss will also host Louisiana Tech. The Waves will take on three SEC squads in non-conference action. In addition to Saturday's game against Ole Miss, Tulane will play Auburn and LSU. The Waves even play back-to-back SEC opponents, taking on Auburn after facing Ole Miss.
- Ole Miss has a 51-21 record against teams from Conference USA and has played a team from Conference USA in each of the last two seasons.
A Win Would
-Move Ole Miss to 5-4 on the season, giving them their first winning record since opening the season 1-0. A win would also tie the series with Tulane at 2-2.
A Loss Would
-Snap the Rebels three-game win streak and move Ole Miss to 0-2 on the road this season. A win would give the Waves a 3-1 series advantage.
Tulane enters Sunday's game with a 4-1 record after falling to North Carolina State on Sunday (Nov. 24). The Waves have five players averaging double figures and is led by Leslie Vorpahl, who is scoring a team-best 13.6 points per game. Vorphal was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week after a pair of double figure scoring games last week. Joining Vorphal as double figures scores for the Waves are: Jamie Kaplan (11.6), Chinwe Duru (10.4), Adesu Ebomwonyi (10.2) and Danielle Blagg (10.0). The Waves are balanced on the defensive end with three players averaging at least seven rebounds a game. Ebomwonyi and Tiffany Dale lead the way with 7.4 rebounds per game. Head coach Lisa Stockton is in her 21st season and recently picked up her 400th win at Tulane.
About Ole Miss
The Rebels enter Saturday's contest with a 4-4 record after a 78-72 win over Louisiana Monroe on Tuesday (Nov. 26). The win moved to Rebels to 4-1 on their home court and was their third consecutive victory. Valencia McFarland scored a season-best 23 points for her third consecutive game of 20 or more points and dished out a season-high 10 assists or her first double-double of the season. McFarland leads the Rebels in scoring with 16.0 points per game while Tia Faleru is contributing 14.8 points per game. Faleru owns the glass with a team-best and SEC-best 10.3 rebounds per game. The Rebels are scoring 72.6 points per game and grabbing 45.9 rebounds.
The Rebels are back at the Tad Smith Coliseum for its next two games starting with the annual School Kids Game on Dec. 4 against Louisiana Tech. Tipoff is at 11 a.m. The Rebels will close their two-game homestand against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday (Dec. 7) at Noon.