Break Time Over: Auburn Returns for WNIT
March 19, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN -- Their coach allowed them to enjoy spring break, but now the Auburn women's basketball team is back, and it is time to get back to work.
Auburn has returned to practice and hopes to make a successful run in a post-season that begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday against UAB in a WNIT first-round game in Auburn Arena.
"I think everybody is refreshed. We had a little break, and now we're back. I think everybody is looking forward to it," said senior Blanche Alverson.
Auburn comes in sporting a 16-14 record. UAB is 18-14. Both teams promise a fast-paced game. The Tigers are hoping a restful spring break will pay dividends.
"You see a few tans. Everybody looks pretty healthy," said coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.
Auburn learned it was in the 64-team WNIT on Monday night. But the Tigers began practicing for it Sunday. Auburn s 8-2 all-time in the WNIT, including winning the tournament in 2003, and beating UAB in 2007.
"Anytime you have an opportunity to go to post-season play it's always a great opportunity," said Williams-Flournoy.
Auburn snapped an eight-game losing streak in the middle of the season by playing well at home down the stretch and winning its final three games in Auburn Arena. The Tigers are 12-3 at home.
Williams-Flournoy said she'll stay the course in the post-season.
"You just continue to do what you do throughout the year," she said. "The only thing you do is you have to make it exciting because they have to understand that it is a great opportunity for them because there are a lot of teams sitting at home right now."
Alverson said the Tigers a loss means "one and done." But, she said, "Some of our best basketball we feel is yet to come."
Tickets for Wednesday's game are $10 for reserved seating, $7 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets can be ordered at AUBTix.com. Auburn will provide live, free video coverage on the Internet at auburntigers.com/allaccess. The winner of the Auburn-UAB game will play the winner of Thursday's Western Kentucky-East Carolina game at a site and time to be determined.
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