Past, Present, and Future
The Auburn women's basketball program is entering its 42nd season in 2012-13. Auburn is one of just 14 teams in NCAA history that boasts 800 or more all-time program wins. The Tigers collected their 800th win in the 2011-12 season against Belmont and finished out the year with 811.
Throughout women's basketball's storied past, Auburn has produced 12 players with a collective 22 All-American honors, including names like Vickie Orr and DeWanna Bonner.
Since the Southeastern Conference adopted women's basketball as a sport, the Tigers have earned 79 All-SEC selections, as well as six SEC Player of the Year honors and two SEC Freshmen of the Year.
2009 SEC Champions
Auburn has been a five-time SEC Regular Season Champion, four-time SEC Tournament Champion and has four SEC Tournament MVP awards.
The Tigers have made 21 postseason appearances with 18 NCAA Tournament appearances and three WNIT appearances. In their 18 NCAA Tournaments, the Tigers qualified for the Sweet 16 on eight occasions, the Elite Eight on six occasions and advanced to the Final Four three-straight years from 1988-1990. Auburn also was the WNIT Champion in 2003.
There have been six former head coaches that each played a special role in making Auburn women's basketball what it is today. Aletha Bond, Susan Nunnelly and Jan Pylant combined to coach Auburn's early years from 1971-79 before Joe Ciampi took over beginning in the 1979-80 season.
Ciampi, a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, coached the Tigers to a 568-203 (.737) record and 16 of the Tigers' 18 NCAA Tournament appearances (including eight-straight from 1985-92) in his 25-year tenure. Upon his retirement, Auburn looked to former U.S. Olympic team head coach Nell Fortner, who led Auburn to its first SEC title in 20 years in 2009.
Auburn's former coaches have a legacy as long-lasting as the players they coached.
The Tigers' list of great players is as long as its history, but the most recent star to emerge from the Plains was DeWanna Bonner in 2009. After finishing her career as Auburn's all-time leading scorer with 2,162 career points and ranking second on the all-time rebound list with 1,047, Bonner has gone on to have a successful WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercury. Others that played in the WNBA include All-Star Ruthie Bolton, two-time WNBA Champion Le'Coe Willingham and Carolyn Jones-Young.
Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy
Bolton, Jones-Young and Orr have also represented Auburn and the United States in the Olympic Games. Bolton won gold medals in 1996 and 2000 while Jones and Orr took bronze in the 1992 Olympics.
Looking to the future, a new era of basketball is under way in Auburn with the hiring of Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. A veteran coach who helped coach the United States to a gold medal at the 2011 World University Games, she comes to Auburn after a successful run as the head coach at Georgetown. While in D.C., she coached the Hoyas to the post-season four times, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament and a Sweet 16 appearance.
In her 20-year coaching career, she has led teams to six conference championships, 13 post-season appearances, 12 NCAA Tournament trips, five Sweet 16s and a Final Four.