FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team opens its 24th season of competition in the Southeastern Conference Friday evening on the road at Ole Miss. Friday’s game will be the first SEC game of the year for both squads, as Arkansas concluded the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 10-2 mark, while Ole Miss’ record stands at 10-3. The Razorbacks rounded out non-conference action routing Grambling State 77-35 on Dec. 29.
Here is a look ahead to the Razorbacks’ next opponent.
SCOUTING OLE MISS
• The Rebels enter Friday’s contest with a 10-3 mark, including 8-2 at home. The two losses at home came to Baylor and to Middle Tennessee State, a team that Arkansas went on the road to defeat in November.
• Senior Tia Faleru averages a double-double for the Rebels, as she is the conference’s second-leading scorer at 16.5 points per game and is the conference’s leader in rebounds per game at 10.5.
• Despite having the conference’s leading rebounder, Ole Miss ranks last in the SEC in rebounding margin (+1.9)
• The Rebels are fifth in the country and lead the SEC in steals per game (13.9), leading to a +7.2 advantage in turnover margin
• Ole Miss is shooting 39.4 percent from the field and 25 percent from three-point distance.
• Arkansas trails the all-time series with Ole Miss, 14-24, but has won four of the last five meetings. Arkansas owns a 2-14 mark in games played in Oxford.
• The last meeting between the two schools came in the 2014 SEC Tournament in Duluth, Ga., as Ole Miss came out victorious, 63-62, and ended the Razorbacks season.
• Matt Insell (Middle Tennessee State, ’07) is in his second season as the head coach, owning a mark of 22-23 (489). The Rebels finished 12-20 in his first season a year ago. Insell is the son of Middle Tennessee State’s head women’s basketball coach Rick Insell.
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