Tigers Host #9 Tennessee In We Back Pat Game
Jan. 16, 2013
AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team (13-4, 2-2 SEC) returns to Auburn Arena Thursday night to take on No. 9 Tennessee (13-3, 4-0 SEC). Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CT, and the game will air live on CSS.
The game is part of "We Back Pat Week" in the Southeastern Conference. The initiative is focused on bringing awareness and recognition to The Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, and its fight against Alzheimer's disease. In addition to offering the sale of "We Back Pat" t-shirts, wristbands and other items at www.patsummitt.org, the foundation has added a new feature this year. Those who want to support the cause can now text the word "COACH" to the number 50555 to give $10 to back Pat and the foundation.
The Tigers take on the Lady Vols in the second of three-straight games against top-25 teams. Auburn is coming off a tough 78-56 loss at No. 20 Texas A&M last weekend, a loss the team will have to take as a learning experience moving forward.
"It is never fun in losing, I thought we did some pretty good things and played much better in the second half," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "I would have liked to see the second half in the first half; it probably would have been the difference in the game. You always learn something in a loss but you also learn from a win. Losing heightens it more, the one thing they learned is that you can't go down 20 in a half and expect to come back and win in the SEC."
The Tennessee game is Auburn's third this season against a ranked opponent, but the highest-ranked one so far. With such a big game coming to Auburn Arena, Williams-Flournoy is looking for a big showing from the Auburn fans.
"I think it makes a different in the fact that the kids, the players, feel the support," said Williams-Flournoy. "Tennessee brings a good crowd and it's no fun to play in front of someone else's fans. I remember as a student-athlete it felt really good when you walked out there and had a lot of fan support screaming for you."
No. 9 Tennessee comes to Auburn at 13-3 (4-0 SEC) on the season under the direction of first-year head coach Holly Warlick. The Lady Vols are tied for first for the league lead with No. 6 Kentucky and are coming off an impressive 78-75 overtime win on the road against Florida.
Two of the Lady Vols' three losses on the season came at the hands of top-ranked opponents in a road loss to Baylor, followed immediately by a loss to Stanford at home.
Tennessee features three double digit scorers, led by Meighan Simmons with 16.6 points per game and 27 steals on the season. Freshman standout Bashaara Graves averages 14.6 points per game and adds a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game. Isabelle Harrison rounds out the trio with 10.5 points per game and 37 blocks on the year.
The Lady Vols feature an +18.5 scoring margin over their opponents and average 10.2 steals per game with 18.2 forced turnovers per game.
"They have a really good point guard who is quick and athletic, Meighan Simmons is a quick athletic wing that can score at will, and they have great post players," said Williams-Flournoy. "It is your typical Tennessee team: they are quick, athletic, rebound well, they press."
Doors will open at Auburn Arena at 6:30 p.m. CT, Thursday. The first 600 fans through the doors will receive Auburn sunglasses. 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 will be available on AuburnTigers.com with a video Webcast on ESPN3.com.
AUBURN VS. TENNESSEE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Free Shuttle Service: Tiger Transit shuttle service will be available from the Facilities Division Parking Lot (1161 West Samford Avenue) to the War Eagle Way Tiger Transit Depot. Shuttles will begin at 7 pm and run continuously until 11 pm.
Umbrella Service: In the event of rain, fans will be provided umbrella service from the Scholarship Lot to the front doors of the Scholarship Entrance as well as from the Campus Map (located at the bottom of the ramp located at the North end of the Arena Lot) to the North Main Entrance beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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