Rebels Face Top 10 Test At No.9/9 Baylor

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Valencia McFarland and the Rebels put their seven-game win streak on the line on Wednesday night at Baylor.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Valencia McFarland and the Rebels put their seven-game win streak on the line on Wednesday night at Baylor.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Dec. 17, 2013

Ole Miss puts its seven-game win streak on the line when it travels to Waco, Texas to take on 2012 national champion No. 9/9 Baylor on Wednesday night. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest Plus (DirecTV: 676,677, DISH: 366,416). Fans can follow the action with in-game tweets (@OleMissWBB) and also with live stats on OleMissSports.com.

Game 13: Ole Miss (8-4) at No 9/9 Baylor (8-1)
Date: December 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Location: Waco, Texas (Ferrell Center)
Series:
Ole Miss leads, 1-0
Streak: Ole Miss has won 1

Starting Five
1. Ole Miss extended its winning streak to seven straight with a 72-56 win over South Alabama on Monday. The win moves the Rebels to 8-4 overall and marked the second consecutive road victory for Ole Miss. Ole Miss' seven straight is the most for the squad since they opened with seven consecutive victories since 2008-09.

2. Tia Faleru recorded her seventh double of the season and her second consecutive with 24 points and 13 rebounds against South Alabama. Faleru now has 12 career double-doubles and three times this season has posted back-to-back double-doubles. The last Rebel to record back-to-back double-doubles was Nikki Byrd in 2011-12.

3. Tia Faleru's 24 points was her second game of 20 or more points this season and marked the second consecutive game in which an Ole Miss player scored 20+ points. In fact, Ole Miss has had a player score 20 or more in five of its last six games. Valencia McFarland leads Ole Miss active players with 17 career games of 20 or more points.

4. The Rebels will make their first television appearance on Wednesday against Baylor. Ole Miss will play in five televised contests this season, including three games that will be televised on the Rebel's home floor. Ole Miss last won a televised road game last season when they defeated Florida, 88-81.

5. Valencia McFarland extended her scoring streak to 99 consecutive games against South Alabama. The Mississippi native also made her 89th consecutive start. The last time McFarland did start or score was during her freshman season. McFarland will play her 100th career game on Wednesday against Baylor.

Ole Miss vs. Baylor Notables
-This will be the second meeting between Ole Miss and Baylor and the first since the 1995-96 season. Ole Miss won the lone meeting between the two teams, 72-66. This will be the first meeting between the teams that will take place on a home court, as the first meeting was on a neutral floor at Southern Mississippi.  

-Baylor is the lone opponent from the Big 12 for the Rebels this season, but Ole Miss will be the second SEC opponent in the last three games for the Bears. Baylor lost to Kentucky, 133-130, in an epic 4OT battle in a neutral site game in Arlington, Texas on Dec. 6. The Rebels are 15-8 against teams from the Big 12 and last played a Big 12 opponent in 2009-10 when they played at Texas.

-There aren't any Mississippi players on the Baylor roster, but Ole Miss has a Texas native in Diara Moore who hails from Cedar Hills, Texas. Additionally, assistant coach Tai Dillard, video coordinator Jillian Samuels and graduate manager, Chynna Turner are also Texas natives.   

A Win Would
-Extend Ole Miss' win streak to eight consecutive and give the Rebels their first road win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 23/24 Arkansas during the 2010-11 season. Additionally, it would be the third consecutive road win for the Rebels - the last time Ole Miss won three road games was during the 2010-11 season.

A Loss Would
-Snap the Rebels seven-game win streak and drop them to 2-2 in road contests in 2013-14. It would also even the series with the Bears to 1-1 and give Baylor its first win at home in the series.

Scouting Baylor
Baylor enters Wednesday's game with an 8-1 record after defeating Houston Baptist, 100-57 on Dec. 15. The lone blemish on No. 9/9 Baylor's record is a 133-130 4OT loss to No. 5 Kentucky on Dec. 6. Odyssey Sims leads the Bears and is averaging 29.4 points per game and is joined in double figures by Nina Davis who is contributing 15.8 points per game. On the glass, a trio is leading the Baylor rebounding efforts. Kristina Higgins, Khadijah Cave and Sune Agbuke are all averaging 7.4 rebounds per game. The Bears are averaging 102.4 points per game and 54.8 rebounds per game. The Bears lead the nation in scoring and are outscoring their opponents by 39.2 points per game. Head coach Kim Mulley is in her 14th season.

About Ole Miss
The Rebels, winners of their last seven games, enter Wednesday's game with a 8-4 record after defeating South Alabama 72-56 on Monday (Dec. 16) Tia Faleru and Valencia McFarland are leading the Ole Miss offense. Faleru leads the way with 16.3 points per game and a team-best 10.2 rebounds per game while McFarland is averaging 15.6 points per game. Diara Moore rounds out the Ole Miss double figure scorers with 11.1 points per game to go with 4.7 rebounds. Danielle McCray is also key on the glass for Ole Miss grabbing 5.7 rebounds as Ole Miss second-leading rebounder.   As a team, Ole Miss is averaging 74.4 points per game and 45.5 rebounds per game.

Up Next
The Rebels will break for the holidays after Wednesday's game. Ole Miss will be back in action on Dec. 30 when they host Austin Peay at 11:30 a.m. in the final non-conference game of the season. The Rebels will open the SEC slate when they host Missouri on Jan. 2 at 6 p.m.

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