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HONOLULU, Hawaii – The West Virginia women’s basketball team will open the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic at 9:30 p.m. ET, Friday, with Ole Miss.
Ole Miss is currently 1-1 overall, defeating Jacksonville State 83-62 in the season opener and dropping a 66-63 decision to Central Arkansas. Both games were played on the Rebels’ home court.
Ole Miss returns four starters and nine overall letterwinners from last season. The Rebels recorded a 9-20 overall mark and a 2-14 mark in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) last season.
Coach Matt Insell is in his first season at the helm of the Ole Miss program. The Rebels are led in scoring by senior point guard Valencia McFarland and junior forward Tia Faleru averaging 14.0 points per game each. McFarland is shooting 44.4 percent (12-27) from the field and also leads the team in steals with six.
Faleru is also the team’s leading rebounder as she averages 11.0 boards per game and has collected five steals. Freshman guard Shequila Joseph rounds out the top three scorers with 9.0 points per game, including a team-leading three 3-pointers this season. Senior guard Diara Moore and sophomore guard Gracie Frizzell also make up the starting five. Moore averages 7.5 points and Frizzell averages 5.0 points per game.
The Mountaineers look to bounce back from a season-opening loss to Ohio State, 70-61. As a team WVU shot 30.9 percent (21-68), and only 10 percent (2-20) from 3-point range.
WVU is led in scoring by senior guard Christal Caldwell
with 17 points. Fellow classmate Asya Bussie
averages 14.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Bria Holmes
rounds out the top three scorers with 12.0 points per game. Averee Fields
helped WVU to a rebounding advantage in the last outing, pulling down 11 rebounds.
The Mountaineers trail 2-0 in the all-time series with Ole Miss. The last time the teams met was Dec. 29, 1985 when Ole Miss defeated WVU 86-66 in the Orange Bowl Classic in Miami, Fla. Friday’s game is the first time the teams will meet under coach Mike Carey.
Fans can listen online at WVUsports.com, as the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG will carry the game with Jeff Culhane on the call. In Morgantown the game will air live on 100.9 WSZT-FM, in Cumberland, Md., on WCBC-AM 1270, in Parkersburg on WADC-AM 1050 and in Charleston on WSCW-AM 1410 and WJYP-AM 1300.