Jan. 4, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. -
After two weeks off, the Auburn women's basketball team (9-4, 0-0 SEC) will return to the court Sunday for its Southeastern Conference opener at Mississippi State (13-2, 0-1 SEC). Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT at MSU's Humphrey Coliseum.
The Last Meeting
March 3, 2013
Alverson Leads Auburn To 74-65 Senior Day Win Over Mississippi State
On Senior Day at Auburn Arena, Blanche Alverson put on one last show in front of her home crowd posting a career-high 32 points, with three rebounds, three steals and one block, as the Auburn women's basketball team picked up a 74-65 win over Mississippi State in its last regular season contest Sunday.
The Tigers last played at Minnesota on Dec. 22, a 67-54 loss in the final game of the Subway Classic. The team took a few days off for the holidays before returning to the practice courts in Auburn.
"It is an advantage for the players because they get the time off, they get to spend time with their families and the majority of them had not been home since they got to school in August, so it was good quality time to spend with their family," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "For us as coaches, it gives us a little bit of time to get in some new offenses, some new defenses and clean up some of the things that have been bad throughout the season."
Even with the layoff, Williams-Flournoy has been encouraged by the effort and focus from the team as the Tigers prepare to open the SEC portion of their schedule.
"We love this time. We have worked and they have put a lot of work in," said Williams-Flournoy. "We have gone double-sessions, done film, scouting reports, individual workouts, free throws. We have really put in a lot of time and to their credit, they have been working."
Auburn gets a tall order for its SEC opener in Mississippi State. A team that went 13-17 last season, the Bulldogs are 13-2 so far this season in Vic Shaefer's second season as head coach.
"Mississippi State is a very good team and they play so hard, extremely hard and that really helps them on the defensive end," said Williams-Flournoy. "They get into the passing lane, they are going to guard our point guard. They have Martha Alwal inside, a great post player, they have an outside presence, a good point guard that can put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. We are really going to have to sit down and defend."
MSU rolled through its non-conference slate with a 13-1 mark with the lone loss coming against Middle Tennessee State. The Bulldogs took their second loss of the season on Thursday in their SEC opener at Florida, 82-72.
Center Martha Alwal leads the team with 16.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Kendra Grant adds 13.5 points per game while Dominique Dillingham averages 11.2 points per game. As a team, MSU's defense forces 25.7 turnovers per game while racking up 12.3 steals per game.
"We will have to be efficient versus their press and not turn the ball over, right now we are turning the ball over too much and that is not a good thing to do against a good team that plays tough man-to-man defense like they do," said Williams-Flournoy.
Fans can listen to Sunday's game live on 94.3 WGZZ in Auburn with Bart Gregory and Stephanie Follett calling the action. A live webcast can be found on AuburnTigers.com while streaming video and live stats can be found at HailState.com.