Women's Basketball Returns Home To Face Ole Miss
Jan. 9, 2013
AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team (12-3, 1-1 SEC) will return to the friendly confines of Auburn Arena Thursday for a Southeastern Conference game against Ole Miss (7-8, 0-2 SEC). Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT, with doors opening at 4:30 p.m.
The Tigers are on their best run ever in Auburn Arena, winning the last 10 games played in the facility. It is the team's longest winning streak ever in Auburn Arena and the longest since the Tigers won 15 in a row from March 2, 2008 until Nov. 19, 2009.
Auburn is coming off the end of another streak as the team's nine-game winning streak was snapped Sunday at Missouri, 82-76. Hasina Muhammad scored a career-high 24 points in the loss, but it was not enough to lead the Tigers to the win. With the loss in the rearview mirror, head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy just wants her team getting back to Auburn Basketball.
"I kind of want to see us do the things that we do as Auburn basketball," said Williams-Flournoy. "We have to get back to pressing. I thought we didn't press as much as we probably should have or could have in the Missouri game. Right now, I just want to see our team go back to playing the way we've been playing."
A key to doing that will be the play of Muhammad and junior Tyrese Tanner, the team's top scorers this season. Tanner scored 20 points at Missouri, complementing Muhammad's 24. It was the second time this season for Auburn to have two 20-point scorers, but just the third time in the last 125 games.
"I think both Hasina and Tyrese are being really aggressive offensively, and I also think that they're looking to attack the basket," said Williams-Flournoy. "They are not just standing out there shooting 3s or taking jump shots. They are actually looking to attack the basket and taking higher percentage shots."
Ole Miss comes to Auburn having struggled recently under first-year acting head coach Brett Frank. After struggling through a tough nonconference portion of the season, the Rebels opened SEC play at LSU, but fell by just five in a close 84-79 contest. The Rebels dropped a 76-57 decision to Vanderbilt on Sunday in Oxford, Miss.
Auburn and Ole Miss shared a common non-conference opponent in Hofstra. The Tigers defeated Hofstra, 68-58, on Dec. 9, while Ole Miss fell, 63-72, on the road.
Ole Miss is led by Diara Moore, averaging 11.4 points per game, and Valencia McFarland, averaging 11.1 points per game. Tia Faleru rounds out the Rebels' trio of double-digit scorers, averaging 10.3 points per game while Courtney Mabra is the top rebounder with 6.3 boards per game.
"Ole Miss is a very athletic team, and they have a very good point guard in Valencia McFarland that we have to definitely keep in front of us," said Williams-Flournoy. "We really don't want her getting a little bit out of control. She can really push it in transition, and she does a very good job of making her teammates look really good. Our first point of emphasis is to keep McFarland under control."
Doors will open at Auburn Arena at 4:30 p.m. CT, Thursday. The first 1,000 fans through the doors will receive "Glow With The Flo" necklaces. Fans can listen to the game on 96.7 FM in Auburn or on AuburnTigers.com with Andy Burcham and Stephanie Follett calling the action. GameTracker and a video Web stream will also be available on AuburnTigers.com.
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