Women's Basketball Travels To #9/10 Georgia For Thursday Night Matchup
Feb. 6, 2013
AUBURN - Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy will take a familiar place on the sideline at Stegeman Coliseum Thursday night as she takes her Tigers (13-9, 2-7 SEC) to Athens, Ga., for a 6 p.m. CT meeting with the No. 9/10 Bulldogs (19-3, 7-2 SEC). Williams-Flournoy spent six seasons as an assistant coach under Andy Landers at Georgia from 1996-2002.
The trip will be Williams-Flournoy's first time at Georgia since leaving the team a little more than 10 years ago. In her time there, she helped the Bulldogs to NCAA Tournament appearances every season, including three trips to the Elite Eight and one to the Final Four. The team also won two SEC titles and an SEC Tournament Championship during her time.
"I was there for six years at Georgia with Andy Landers and they were really good years," said Williams-Flournoy. "We were very good, very successful. It was easy to recruit there with the tradition of Georgia and it was a good time."
She will face another good Georgia team as she takes Auburn to Stegeman Coliseum Thursday night. No. 9/10 Georgia enters Thursday's game at 19-3 (7-2 SEC) with a dominating 12-1 home record during the 2012-13 season. The Bulldogs are scoring 70.2 points per game with a 16.9 point average win margin.
With no player averaging more than 12 points per game, Georgia has done it with its depth and defense this season, holding opponents to 53.3 points and 22.3 turnovers per game. Ten different players are averaging more than 12.0 minutes per game this season with nine of them starting at least one game.
"They are definitely a team with a great inside-out presence. Jasmine Hassell is a really good post player and I think she is very strong inside," said Williams-Flournoy. "Then you just look at so many guards that they have. If you take Jasmine James out of the picture, just look at everybody else that they have, they just have a lot of really good guards."
Jasmine Hassell leads the team with 11.7 points per game, followed by Jasmine James with 11.4. Khaalidah Miller rounds out the double-figure Bulldogs with 10.0 per game. Freshman Shacobia Barbee leads the team in rebounding with 5.7, followed by Hassell with 5.2 per game.
With both teams playing a pressure defense, Williams-Flournoy noted that the Bulldogs' deep bench could prove to be a big hurdle for the Tigers.
"I think Georgia sort of has an advantage in that they have more players," said Williams-Flournoy. "Their pressure is just a little bit different from ours where in the half court they will be more pressure man defense. With us, we will try to extend ours out into more of a three-quarter or full-court."
Auburn is 13-9 and averaging a 21.5-point margin of victory in the 13 wins. Three Tigers are averaging double figures, led by Hasina Muhammad with 15.8 per game, including six 20-point games, and 5.3 rebounds. Tyrese Tanner is at 12.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while Blanche Alverson comes in with 11.1 points and a team-high 5.7 boards per game.
Center Peyton Davis leads the team in the post, averaging 6.6 points and a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game. Najat Ouardad is tops in the SEC and 13th in the country in assists with 6.6 per game while scoring 5.0 points per game.
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 live video Webcast on GeorgiaDogs.com.
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