Women's Hoops Hosts UMass Saturday

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Amber Singletary (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Amber Singletary (photo by Joshua McCoy)

Dec. 6, 2012

Ole Miss Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

Acting head coach: Brett Frank (SOSU, 1995)
Career record: 4-2 (1 yr.) Record at Ole Miss: Same

Head coach: Sharon Dawley (St. Anselm, 1983)
Career record: 282-199 (18th yr.) Record at UMass: 17-51 (3rd yr.)

Date/Time: Sat., Dec. 8 / 2 p.m. CT
Site: Oxford, Miss. |Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061)
TV: None
Radio: 105.5FM
        Talent: Graham Doty (play-by-play)
Streaming Video: OleMissSports.com
Gametracker: OleMissSports.com
Twitter Updates: @OleMissWBB

      Overall: UM, 1-0                                                                                

      Oxford: First meeting

      Amherst: UM, 1-0

      Neutral: N/A

      Last meeting: 11/26/11 - UM, 72-67

      Frank vs. UMass: 0-0

• Ole Miss will play its sixth home game of the season Saturday when the team hosts UMass at 2 p.m.

• Ole Miss leads the all-time series between the two schools, 1-0. The Rebels posted a 72-67 win over the Minutewomen last season in Amherst.

• Against LA Tech, Valencia McFarland led the team with a season-high 15 points and a career-high eight steals.

Diara Moore leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.7 points per game, followed by McFarland who is averaging 10.0 points per game.

Kenyotta Jenkins and Danielle McCray lead the team in rebounding. They are each averaging 6.5 rebounds per game.

• Junior point guard Valencia McFarland has recorded 836 career points and is looking to become the 25th player in school history to score at least 1,000 career points.

Ole Miss host Belmont on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m., followed by six consecutive road games from Dec. 18 - Jan. 3 at Cleveland State, two games at the New York Life Holiday Invitational, two games at the Tulane DoubleTree Classic and the team’s first SEC game at LSU. 

UMass is 2-7 this season and is coming off a 73-50 loss at Boston University on Wednesday night. The Minutewomen are led by Jasmine Watson (13.8 points per game/6.8 rebounds per game) and Emily Mital (12.0 points per game). Rashida Timbilla leads the team in rebounding, averaging 9.2 rebounds per game.  The team’s two wins this year have come against Kent State and at Ohio University.  

Ole Miss leads the all-time series with UMass, 1-0. The Rebels posted a 72-67 win over the Minutewomen in Amherst on Nov. 26, 2011.

Coming off a 57-54 loss at LA Tech Saturday, Ole Miss will return home to play its sixth home game out of its seven games this season when the team hosts UMass Saturday at 2 p.m.  The Rebels are led by newcomer Diara Moore, who is averaging 13.7 points per game and Valencia McFarland who is averaging 10.0 points per game. Danielle McCray and Kenyotta Jenkins lead the team in rebounding. They are each averaging 6.5 rebounds per game.  Brett Frank is in his first year as acting head coach for the Rebels. He has a career record of 4-2.

Ole Miss’ regular-season games can be heard on WTNM Supertalk Mississippi (105.5 FM) or Q93.7 FM with the pregame show starting 15 minutes before tipoff.  Graham Doty, in his second 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.

• Saturday’s game is Youth League Day and all students 8th grade and under who are wearing their youth league jersey will get in free. The team will hold an autograph session on the court following the game. In addition, the team will hold a free clinic for the Girl Scouts in attendance Saturday.

OLE MISS IN THE SEC STATS (as of 12/5/12)
As a team, Ole Miss is fifth in free throw percentage (.696) and is sixth in rebounding offense (42.2 rpg), rebounding margin (+5.5), steals (11.8 spg) and defensive rebounds (25.8).  Individually, Diara Moore is 12th in scoring (13.7 ppg), Danielle McCray and Kenyotta Jenkins are tied for 16th in rebounding (6.5 prg), Valencia McFarland is 11th in assists (3.7 apg) and second in steals (3.7 spg), Diara Moore is tied for ninth in free throw percentage (.743) and Gracie Frizzell is tied for 11th in three pointers made (1.5).

Junior Valencia McFarland recorded a career-high eight steals in Ole Miss’ 57-54 loss at LA Tech on Dec. 1. The eight steals is the most by an Ole Miss player in nearly six years.  Armintie Price recorded nine steals in a game against Miami on December 21, 2006.

Danielle McCray and Kenyotta Jenkins combined for 28 of Ole Miss’ 53 rebounds in the team’s win over Lipscomb. McCray grabbed a career-high 14 boards in the win while Jenkins tied her career high with 10. They are leading the team in reboudning, each averaging 6.5 rebounds per game.

Through six games this season, Ole Miss is shooting 69 percent from the free throw line while four players (with at least 14 attempts) are shooting at least 70 percent from the line.  In two games this year, Ole Miss has made at least 23 free throws per game. The Rebels went 23-41 in a win over SELA and went 23-27 from the line in a win over MVSU. Ole Miss players have made at least five free throws in a game on four occasions.  Diara Moore has made nine and seven, Danielle McCray has made seven, Tia Faleru has made five.

In the latest set of NCAA stats released on Monday, Dec. 4, Valencia McFarland is ranked 20th in the nation in steals per game (3.67) and 29th in assist to turnover ratio (2.44).  NCAA stats are released every Monday.

Junior point guard Valencia McFarland has recorded 836 career points.  She is aiming to become the 25th player in school history to record at least 1,000 career points. If she accomplishes the feat this season as a junior, she would be the 14th player in school history to hit 1,000 career points as a junior.

McFarland also has another program milestone to keep her eye on during her career, as she aims to become just the third person in Ole Miss history to score at least 1,000 point, 500 assists and 250 steals. McFarland currently has 836 points, 287 assists and 126 steals. She’s looking to join Carol Ross (1977-81) and Glenda Springfield (1975-79).


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