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More basketball: Auburn to host Furman in the WNIT

Terri Williams-Flournoy will lead Auburn into the WNIT for the second straight season (Anthony Hall photo)

By Phillip Marshall

AUBURN, Ala. - For Auburn women's basketball team, the season isn't over yet. The Tigers will play Furman Thursday at Auburn Arena in the first round of the WNIT. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

Terri Williams-Flournoy's second Auburn team finished 17-14 and 7-9 in the Southeastern Conference, good for a tie for sixth in the regular-season league standings. The Tigers narrowly missed doing enough to get into the NCAA Tournament field, but Williams-Flournoy said they look forward to the next best thing.

Furman finished 18-12 overall and 12-6 in the Southern Conference, finishing second to unbeaten Chattanooga. Holli Watkins, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard, leads the Paladins in scoring with 15.2 points per game. Brittany Hodges, a 6-foot-1 junior forward, averages 13.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

Auburn, with six freshmen and two junior college transfers, missed out on the NCAA Tournament after losing at last-place Ole Miss in the final game of the regular season and to Texas A&M in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

Senior Tyrese Tanner leads the Tigers with 17 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Freshman Brandy Montgomery averages 11.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore Tra'Cee Tanner averages 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

"With such a young team, it's always great to get into postseason play and stay active," Williams-Flournoy said. "No one wants to end their season so soon. Everyone wants to be playing at this time - whether it's in the NCAA Tournament or the WNIT. It's another opportunity to win a championship."

The Tigers advanced the WNIT's final 16 last season with wins over UAB, Western Kentucky and Tulane before falling to Drexel.

"I thought our fans did a great job coming out and supporting us in the WNIT last year, and we need them again," Williams-Flournoy said. "It's a great opportunity for our ladies to play in the postseason, and a great opportunity for our fans to continue to watch basketball."

Tickets are $10 for reserved, $7 for general admission and $5 for students and youth.

Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for Follow Marshall on Twitter:



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