By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy isn't talking about what could be waiting at the end of the regular season if one of the hottest teams in SEC women's basketball stays hot.
Auburn, winners of five straight, is on the Big Board, projected, as of now, of having a spot in the NCAA Tournament, according to ESPN's Bracketology. But Williams-Flournoy has more pressing issues at hand.
"We're talking about Missouri. Next game," she said.
Missouri visits Auburn Arena at 2 p.m. Sunday on Senior Day in a game that will be televised on the Internet on SEC Network-Plus. Auburn is 18-8 overall and 8-5 in the Southeastern Conference. Missouri is 20-6 and 7-6 in the league. Auburn has an improving RPI of 52. Missouri is 35. Low RPI scores help make a case for NCAA tourney play, though nothing is certain. The Tigers have a spot on ESPN's Bracketology, but not on some other projections.
Auburn, which has three regular-season games left before the SEC Tournament, has beaten two ranked teams, including then-No. 16 Florida last Sunday for its fifth straight win.
"You never sense a winning streak coming. You just try to continue to play well," Williams-Flournoy said. "Every game, we just try to improve upon something. Against Florida, one thing we improved was our turnovers. That's one thing we constantly preached and preached, even in winning the four before that."
Katie Frerking has helped lead the way. She was named the SEC Player of the Week on Monday for her performance last week. She's averaging 16.2 points per game during the winning streak.
"Katie has been an offensive threat for us, and we know that she can be an offensive threat when she comes out with that type of mentality," Williams-Flournoy said. "It's always a good thing when we can get scoring from her. There's just so many other areas where she helps us out. She rebounds, she's leading the SEC in steals, she's taking charges. She just has such an all-around game for us, and it's always been great. Now you add her scoring to it, it's even better."
She has not been alone.
"I think when you look back at the Florida game, just being able to get the scoring from Jazmine Jones and Erica Sanders at that ‘3’ position, that was really huge for us," Williams-Flournoy said. "They’re not known to be scorers, they are very good defensive players. And now when you can get them to score as well, that leads to you scoring 80 points in a game."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine