Lady Rebs look to rebound against No. 10 Texas A&M

Posted on Feb 21 2013 - 7:09pm by Lacey Russell

The Ole Miss women’s basketball team will travel to face Texas A&M tonight for the third time in program history. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Ole Miss will travel to College Station, Texas, for the first time ever tonight to face No. 10 Texas A&M.

It is the third all-time meeting between the Lady Rebels (9-16, 2-10 Southeastern Conference) and Lady Aggies (20-6, 10-2 SEC), which is also the first game between the two programs not on a neutral floor. Texas A&M is the first of three top-25 teams over Ole Miss’ final four regular season games.
The Lady Aggies sit at third in the league standings behind Tennessee and Kentucky. Texas A&M had won eight straight games before a 70-66 loss to another top-10 foe in Kentucky on Monday.
Interim head coach Brett Frank said feels his team is ready for the matchup in College Station tonight because of its game this past Sunday against South Carolina.
“The team we will face on Thursday is a very similar opponent,” Frank said following a loss on Sunday.

“Those two teams are evenly matched and do a lot of the same type strategies offensively and defensively.”
Frank said that his team knows what it has to change for tonight’s game now after its 62-47 loss to South Carolina this past Sunday.
“Continue to focus on our box-outs, be sure we don’t give up second-shot opportunities, work on our 50-50 balls and our spacing on offense,” Frank said.
On the offensive end of the court, the Lady Rebels look to ride the hot hand of junior point guard Valencia McFarland.

In the two games last week, McFarland averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
“We feed off of her a lot,” sophomore forward Tia Faleru said after a win against Mississippi State this past Thursday.

“When Valencia comes to play, it’s like everybody comes to play.”
The Lady Rebels and Lady Aggies will tip off tonight at 7 p.m. from Reed Arena.

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