Tigers Return Home To Face Florida On Sunday
Feb. 9, 2013
AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team (13-10, 2-8 SEC) will play its first Sunday home Southeastern Conference game this weekend as the Tigers welcome Florida (14-9, 3-6 SEC) to Auburn Arena. The game will air live at 2 p.m. CT, Sunday on SportSouth, Fox Sports Southwest and Sun Sports.
Auburn will also welcome former Olympian and Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Ruthie Bolton back to The Plains. Bolton, who played at Auburn from 1985-89, will be in town to sign copies of her book, "The Ride of a Lifetime." She will sign copies in the Scholarship Entrance lobby prior to the game and at halftime.
After playing four of the last five games on the road, with three of them against teams ranked in the top 15 in the country, Auburn is looking forward to coming home for a while. The Tigers will play four of the final six games of the regular season at Auburn Arena.
"It is actually really great to be home Sunday in our own gym and it gives me the opportunity to go recruiting on Saturday," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "It is just really good to be home, and I think at this point right now our players really need a home game with their home fans cheering for them. We have had some tough road games, but are looking forward to playing in front of the Auburn Family again."
Florida enters Sunday's game at 14-9 (3-6 SEC) on the season, but is 2-5 when playing on the road. The Gators are scoring 72.3 points per game with a 7.7 scoring margin.
"The Gators, they push the ball extremely hard in transition, and they have so many people at any given time that can bring the ball up the court," said Williams-Flournoy. "The transition defense is going to be really hard for us. For us at this point, I think it is a team that we have to show our defensive presence right away. Not saying that they can't handle the pressure, but it is definitely something on our end that we need to work on."
With three players averaging double figures, Florida has done it with its depth and defense this season, holding opponents to 64.6 points and forcing 18.3 turnovers per game. All nine active players are averaging at least 14.0 minutes per game this season, each also starting at least three games this year.
Jennifer George leads the team with 12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, followed by Jaterra Bonds with 12.0 points. Sydney Moss rounds out the double-figure Gators with 10.1 per game. Second to George in rebounding is Kayla Lewis with 6.4 per game.
"Jennifer George has been playing really well for them, and she is a tough matchup for us," said Williams-Flournoy. "Peyton Davis is going to have her hands full trying to play a post that is very similar to a guard. We have some 3-point shooters that we have to be aware of, and it is just funny because on any given night, Florida has had a few different players to step up so we are not really sure of the starting lineup, it has changed a few times. I think this is really a game about Auburn taking care of Auburn."
Auburn is 13-10 and averaging a 21.5-point margin of victory in the 13 wins. Three Tigers are averaging double figures, led by Hasina Muhammad with 16.0 per game, including seven 20-point games, and 5.3 rebounds. Tyrese Tanner is at 12.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while Blanche Alverson comes in with 11.3 points and a team-high 5.7 boards per game.
Center Peyton Davis leads the team in the post, averaging 6.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Najat Ouardad is tops in the SEC and 13th in the country in assists with 6.4 per game while scoring 4.8 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 ESPN3.com.
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