Ole Miss (5-1) vs. Grambling State (2-2) Date: December 3, 2011 Time: 2 p.m. CT Location: Oxford, Miss. Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum Radio: 105.5 FM (Graham Doty) Gametracker: OleMissSports.com Live Streaming: OleMissSports.com Live Blog: OleMissSports.com Series: Ole Miss leads, 4-0
QUICK HITS - Ole Miss won its fourth-straight game Tuesday, beating UAPB. The Rebels are looking to post their fifth-straight win on Saturday when the team hosts Grambling State at 2 p.m. - Ole Miss leads the all-time series with Grambling State, 4-0, including a 106-64 win over the Lady Tigers on December 16, 2004. - Senior Nikki Byrd (14.0 ppg) and sophomore Valencia McFarland (14.0 ppg) lead Ole Miss in scoring. - Byrd recorded her ninth career double-double against UAPB with 11 points and 12 rebounds. It was her fourth consecutive double-double. - Byrd (12.0 rpg) and freshman Danielle McCray (5.2 rpg) lead the team in rebounding. Byrd is fourth in the nation in rebounding in the latest NCAA stats released on November 27 and is currently ranked first in the SEC. - Sophomore Valencia McFarland earned two preseason honors being named to the All-SEC Second Team by the league's media and the league's coaches. - Head coach Renee Ladner is in her fifth season at the helm. She has a career record of 63-66 overall and 21-39 in SEC play.
OLE MISS HOSTS GRAMBLING STATE SATURDAY The Rebels will host Grambling State Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., looking to win its fifth-straight game. Ole Miss (5-1 overall) is 3-0 at home this season.
ABOUT OLE MISS Ole Miss is 5-1 this season after beating UAPB Tuesday night at home. The Rebels are led by Nikki Byrd (14.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg) and Valencia McFarland (14.0 ppg, 27 assists). Freshman Danielle McCray is second on the team in rebounding, averaging 5.2 rebounds per game. Head coach Renee Ladner is in her fifth season at the helm.
OLE MISS VS. GRAMBLING STATE Ole Miss leads the all-time series, 4-0. The Rebels won the last meeting, 106-64, on December 16, 2004 in Oxford.
A LOOK AT GRAMBLING STATE Grambling State is 2-2 this season, most recently falling to Arkansas on November 25. The Lady Tigers do not have overall stats available.
A WIN SATURDAY WOULD ..... - Give Ole Miss a 6-1 start to the year which would tie for the second-best start under head coach Renee Ladner. The 2008-09 team started 7-0 while the 2009-10 team started 6-1.
- Push the Rebels' winning streak to five games, the longest since the 2009-10 season when Ole Miss won five straight from January 6 - January 24.
- Keep Ole Miss undefeated at home this season with a 4-0 mark.
A LOSS SATURDAY WOULD ..... - Snap Ole Miss' four game-winning streak.
- Hand Ole Miss its 10th loss at home dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season.
NEWS AND NOTES All 13 players who saw minutes against UAPB recorded at least one point ... Ole Miss had a team-high four players score in double-figures in the win at UMass (Nikki Byrd, Valencia McFarland, Amber Singletary and Whitney Hameth) ... Nikki Byrd has scored a team-high 26 points this season while also recording a team-high 17 rebounds ... Five of Ole Miss' six games this season have been decided by nine points or less ... Freshman Amber Singletary recorded a career-high 11 points in a win at UMass ... Valencia McFarland, Nikki Byrd and LaTosha Laws have started each game for Ole Miss ... Nikki Byrd has averaged a double-double for four consecutive weeks ... Valencia McFarland (SEMO) and Amber Singletary (UAPB) have each recorded six steals in a game this season ... Ole Miss held South Alabama without a player scoring in double figures marking the first time since November 19, 2006 that the Rebels did not allow a player on an opposing team to score in double figures.
BYRD RANKED FOURTH IN THE NATION IN REBOUDNING In the latest NCAA stats released November 27, senior forward Nikki Byrd is fourth in the nation in rebounding, averaging 12.0 rebounds per game. The NCAA stats will be released again on Monday, December 5.
BYRD RECORDS NINTH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE Senior Nikki Byrd recorded her ninth career double-double in a win against UAPB with 11 points and 12 rebounds. It is her fourth double-double of the season and she is the only Ole Miss player to record a double-double this season. Byrd is the first player to record four consecutive double-doubles since Armintie Price in 2007.
Active Players With Double-Doubles Season Career Nikki Byrd 4 9 Courtney Marbra 0 2 Pa'Sonna Hope 0 2
OLE MISS IN THE SEC STATS As of November 30, Ole Miss is third in the SEC in free throw percentage (67.3), third in rebounding offense (45.8) and third in offensive rebounds (20.3). Individually, Nikki Byrd and Valencia McFarland are tied for seventh in scoring (14.0 ppg). Byrd is first in rebounding (12.0 rpg) and eighth in field goal percentage (56.9). McFarland is first in minutes played (35.3 mpg) fifth in assists (4.8 apg) and ninth in steals (2.3 spg).
SINGLETARY RECORDS CAREER-HIGH IN STEALS Freshman guard Amber Singletary recorded a career-high six steals against UAPB. For the season, Singletary is tied with Valencia McFarland for most steals in a game by an Ole Miss player. McFarland recorded six in a win at SEMO.
HAMETH STEPPING UP Senior Whiney Hameth has recorded back-to-back games in which she's scored in double figures. At UMass, Hameth scored 10 points and added a season-best 14 points in a win against UAPB. For the season, Hameth is third on the team in scoring, averaging 5.8 points per game. She is averaging 2.6 rebounds per game and has recorded seven assists and zero turnovers.
BYRD NEARING 100 CAREER GAMES PLAYED Senior Nikki Byrd has played in 97 career games. She has played in at least 29 games over each of her first three years at Ole Miss and is the team's active leader in career games played. Byrd has started all games this season.
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