Women's Basketball Travels To No. 11/10 Tennessee
Feb. 20, 2013
AUBURN - With the regular season winding down, the Auburn women's basketball team (14-11, 3-9 SEC) is looking for a final push heading into the Southeastern Conference Tournament, starting with a 6 p.m. CT, Thursday night game at No. 11/10 Tennessee (20-5, 11-1 SEC).
The game is the second against the Lady Vols this season as the Tigers dropped a 75-66 decision to Tennessee on Jan. 17 at Auburn Arena. The Tigers led Tennessee as late as the 6:40 mark of the second half in the first meeting, but could not hold on as the Lady Vols pulled ahead for the win.
"When you go back and think about it, it was turnovers that cost us the game," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We really just have to emphasize doing a much better job of taking care of the ball. This time around, we really have to rebound, we have to play defense and score and there are always so many other factors involved in trying to win a basketball game at Tennessee in front of 13,000 fans."
With injuries hampering the team in recent weeks, Auburn has had to juggle its lineup lately. The most significant change was moving sophomore Hasina Muhammad to the point guard position. The move proved successful Sunday against Alabama as Muhammad scored 15 points with 4 assists to lead the Tigers to the 70-53 win.
"I thought Hasina did a great job handling the ball at the point position," said Williams-Flournoy. "She was pressured, whether it was one-on-one pressure or any type of trapping pressure and I just thought she did a really great job. She learned that it is a lot of work playing the point guard position, especially when you have to do it the whole game. She really learned that it is a tough position but I thought she did a great job."
The Lady Vols enter Thursday's game atop the SEC standings at 20-5 (11-1 SEC) and hold 12-2 record at Thompson-Boling Arena this season. Tennessee is averaging 79.2 points per game, which ranks fifth in the nation. Tennessee leads the conference in rebounding at 44.3 per game.
Tennessee is led by junior Meighan Simmons who is third in the SEC in scoring, averaging 17.5 points per game. Freshman Bashaara Graves has been a staple in the low post as the Clarksville, Tenn., is second on the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game and third in the SEC in rebounding with 8.6 per game. Sophomore Isabelle Harrison has also been a force down low averaging 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Auburn is 14-11 and averaging a 21.2-point margin of victory in the 14 wins. Three Tigers are averaging double figures, led by Hasina Muhammad with 15.7 per game, including seven 20-point games, and 5.3 rebounds. Tyrese Tanner is at 12.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game while Blanche Alverson comes in with 11.7 points and a team-high 6.0 boards per game.
Center Peyton Davis leads the team in the post, averaging 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Najat Ouardad is tops in the SEC and 14th 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 UTSports.com.
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