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Ole Miss women’s basketball set for Battle in the Bayou

Ole Miss women’s basketball set for Battle in the Bayou

The Ole Miss women’s basketball team is in Baton Rouge tonight to play the LSU Lady Tigers in an 8:00 pm CT league match-up in the Pete Maravich Center.

Ole Miss (14-6, 4-3 SEC) is coming off a heartbreaking, two-point loss to Mississippi State last Thursday—the team’s first loss at home in conference play. The Rebels will be looking for their first win over LSU (10-9, 4-3 SEC) since a 102-101 triple overtime victory in Baton Rouge in 2010.

As a team, LSU enters the game averaging 63.8 points per game and 38.7 rebounds, while the Rebels are notching 69.6 points per game and 41.2 rebounds per game.

Fabulous forward Faleru

Senior forward Tia Faleru leads the SEC in rebounding with an average of 10.6 per game—which ranks her 24th in the nation. She is only 62 rebounds short of reaching 800 for her career, and according to Ole Miss Athletics, only six other players have reached the 1,000 point/800-rebound milestone for their careers. The last one to do so for the Rebels was Armintie Price in 2006-07.

Offensively, Faleru is just as dominant as she is on the boards. She is averaging 15.6 points and has scored in double figures in 18 of Ole Miss’ 20 games—and has an SEC-best eight double-doubles on the season

A’Queen Hayes, Ole Miss’ sensational freshman point guard, had 12 points against State, the seventh time this season she has finished in double figures. Hayes is averaging 7.2 points per game this season.

Other key contributors for Ole Miss are: guard Erika Sisk with 9.8 points per game; forward Danielle McCray with 6.9 ppg; and, guard Gracie Frizzell with 6.2 ppg.

About the Tigers

LSU lost to No. 5 Tennessee in its last outing. Key offensive threats for the Lady Tigers are: Danielle Ballard, averaging 14.4 points per game; DaShawn Harden, with 11.5 points per game; and, Raigyne Moncrief, who notches 11.2 points per game.

Rebounding leaders for LSU are: Moncrief, with 6.8 rebounds per game; and, Sheila Boykin, with 6.6 rebounds per game.

Where to watch

Tonight’s game will be broadcast at 8:00 pm on the SEC Network. Or, you can listen in by clicking here.

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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