Auburn travels to No. 16/20 Vanderbilt for Thursday night matchup

Feb. 12, 2014

 

 Auburn Women's Basketball
 Matchup  Auburn (13-10, 4-6 SEC) vs. (16/20) Vanderbilt (17-6, 6-4 SEC) | Game Notes
 Date & Time  Thursday, February 13 at 6 p.m. CT
 Location  Memorial Gymnasium | Nashville, Tenn.
 Broadcasts  TV: CSS | Radio: WGZZ-FM 94.3
 Online  Live Audio | Live Stats | Twitter: @AuburnWBB
 

 
AUBURN, Ala. -- After picking up back-to-back wins fueled by second-half comebacks, the Auburn women’s basketball team hits the road to face No. 16/20 Vanderbilt on Thursday night.

The Tigers (13-10, 4-6 SEC) and Commodores (17-6, 6-4 SEC) will face off at 6 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium. The game will be televised on CSS and fans can also listen to the game on 94.3 WGZZ-FM locally. Live audio will also be available through AuburnTigers.com.

Auburn overcame an eight-point halftime deficit and rallied to top Mississippi State, 51-43, at Auburn Arena last Sunday. Senior Tyrese Tanner scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half to lead the way as the Hoover, Ala., native recorded her fourth career double-double collecting 10 rebounds.

“After the game she played (vs. Mississippi State), she should be talking with a lot of confidence,” Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “She has every right it in the world. That’s Ty, that’s how she feels. She wants to win. She wants this team to do well and we saw that in the second half against Mississippi State even as bad she played in the first half, she did play better in the second half to help her team.”

The Tigers used stifling pressure defense to force 27 Mississippi State turnovers and hold the Bulldogs’ to just 15 second-half points. Auburn’s half-court pressure allowed the Tigers to pick up a season-high 20 steals in the win.

“I think it really came down to just showing them. We actually showed them some of our film from Georgetown and the way that our teams at Georgetown played our 1-2-2 and pressured,” Williams-Flournoy said. “You don’t have to be so close to people to defend them and really cause havoc. I think with them visualizing and seeing it has really helped them a lot in figuring out how our 1-2-2 defense should be played.”

The win on Sunday snapped a four-game losing streak at Auburn Arena and gave the Tigers their first SEC home win of the season. Auburn now looks to pick up its first win over a ranked opponent this season along with winning its second straight victory away from home.

Vanderbilt enters Thursday night’s contest coming off an 81-53 home loss against eighth-ranked Tennessee on Monday night. The Commodores’ sport the SEC’s leading scorer, Christina Foggie, who poured in 22 points against Tennessee and averages 18.9 points per game. Jasmine Lister also is eighth in the league in scoring with 15.2 points per game. The duo is one of the top-scoring threats from 3-point range, averaging 4.4 treys per game.

The Tigers look to avoid the season sweep by Vanderbilt and end a losing streak of 21 straight games to the Commodores, a mark that dates back to Jan. 16, 2000.  In the teams’ first meeting early this season, an early first-half run by Vanderbilt put the game out of reach for Auburn as the Tigers fell 67-59 in their SEC home opener back on Jan. 9.

Tyrese Tanner continues to lead Auburn in scoring and rebounds. The senior’s 16.2 points per game ranks fourth in the SEC and her 6.6 rebounds per game is 17th in the league. Tanner has led the Tigers in scoring in 15 of 23 games this season.

Junior Hasina Muhammad is averaging 11.2 points per game, while freshman Brandy Montgomery’s 10.9 points per game and sophomore Tra’Cee
Tanner’s 10.1 points per game are the other two Tigers averaging doubles figures.

Auburn returns home on Sunday to face Missouri at 2 p.m. at Auburn Arena. The Tigers will recognize three Final Four teams from 1988, 1989 and 1990 seasons during Sunday’s game.

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