Jan. 25, 2014
Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy says coming close is not enough (Anthony Hall photo)
By Phillip Marshall
The story is growing all too familiar for Auburn’s women’s basketball team: Play hard against nationally ranked teams, come close to winning and lose in the end.
Second-year Tiger coach Terri Williams-Flournoy is ready for a different ending, starting Sunday on the road at Florida. Tipoff time at the O’Connell Center is set for 2 p.m. CST.
“It’s tough, because we’re close and we’ve been getting a lot of pats on the back saying ‘You’ve done well, you almost won,’” Williams-Flournoy said. “I want to tell them there is no A category and no close category. There’s a W and a L. You either win or you lose. I think right now they’ve got to figure that out.
“Push a little harder, play a little harder, get that rebound that we need and make that defensive stop we need. That’s going to win the game for us, because that’s what has lost the games for us.”
Auburn (11-8 overall and 2-4 in the Southeastern Conference) has lost two straight. All of its losses have come at the hands of teams that are currently ranked. Florida is (13-6 and 3-3).
Freshman guard Brandy Montgomery, from Port St. Lucie, will make her first return to her home state to play. She is Auburn’s No. 3 scorer at 11.7 points per game. She scored a career-high 22 points in a 71-60 loss at LSU last Thursday.
“We knew from day one that we recruited her she was a scorer,” Williams-Flournoy said. “I thought she played really well (at LSU). I thought she shot the ball with confidence, and that’s what we need her to do. We definitely need someone who is a consistent 3-point shooter. I swear everywhere we play they’ve got that consistent 3-point shooter that’s just knocking it down every game. We really need Montgomery to get better at that.”
Senior Tyrese Tanner leads Auburn with 16.5 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game. Senior Hasina Muhammad, who has missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury, averages 12.3 points and 5.9 points per game. Sophomore Tra’Cee Tanner averages 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds.
Jaterra Bonds leads Florida with 16.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Cassie Peoples averages 11 points and January Miller 10.8.
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: