Feb. 19, 2014
Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy expects a better effort from her players at Tennessee
By Phillip Marshall
For Auburn’s women’s basketball team, there is no time for lingering thoughts about what happened on Sunday at Auburn Arena. The Tigers will face a massive challenge and a chance to make a statement that would be heard throughout the Southeastern Conference.
The Tigers play No. 10 Tennessee Thursday at 6 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will be televised by CSS.
Sunday was a forgettable day for all involved Auburn women’s basketball. Missouri, with just three SEC wins going into the game, led 42-14 at halftime and held off a furious Tiger rally to win 68-58.
But a win at Tennessee could change the dynamic of this season.
Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy says he talked to players Monday about what happened and how it happened. When that was done, it was time to focus on the future.
“I talked to a few of them on Monday,” Williams-Flournoy said. “Monday was our day off, so as they came by the office I just kind of talked them through it. I wanted to know why. I wanted to know how it was possible for us to come out so flat.
“Sometimes, with young kids and players, you just have to talk them through it a little bit. It’s not the end of the world. It’s not going to make or break our season. But we want to make sure we understand what happened and to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
The Tigers, winners of three straight before the loss to Missouri, go into Knoxville at 14-11 overall and 5-7 in the SEC. Tennessee is 20-5 and 9-3 and coming off a loss to Kentucky.
“It’s going to be tough facing Tennessee,” Williams-Flournoy said. “They are very good, and they are very good at home. Going to play on their home floor, especially after they are coming off their loss to Kentucky, they will be ready to take it out on someone, hopefully not us.”
Auburn will have to deal with guard Meighan Simmons, an All-SEC performer who averages 15.1 points per game.
“She plays with such swag about her,” Williams-Flournoy said. “It’s not even cockiness, because she is just that good. She can back it up. She is quick. She can shoot the 3’s. She can shoot mid-range jump shots. There is not much she can’t do.”
Senior Tyrese Tanner, with 74 points in the past five games, is fourth in the SEC in scoring at 16.5 points per game. She leads the team in rebounding with 6.3 per game. Freshman Brandy Montgomery averages 10.8 points per game and senior Hasina Muhammad 10.6 Sophomore Tra’Cee Tanner averages 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds.
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: