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Win ugly? Auburn defense beautiful thing in NCAA tourney
March 20, 2016

Brandy Montgomery, left, and coach Terri Williams-Flournoy celebrate during win over St. John's
Brandy Montgomery, left, and coach Terri Williams-Flournoy celebrate during win over St. John's


 2015-16 Auburn Women's Basketball - Game #33 - NCAA Second Round
 (9) Auburn Tigers (20-12) vs. (1) Baylor Lady Bears (34-1)
 Date/Time  Sunday, March 20 | 6:00 p.m. CT
 Location  Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
 TV  ESPN2 | Watch Live
 (Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck)
 Radio  WINGS 94.3 FM | Listen Live
 (Andy Burcham, Stephanie Follett)
 Live Stats  GameTracker
 Twitter  @AuburnWBB
 Additional Info  Auburn Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader | Baylor Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader | Tournament Central

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

WACO, Texas -- Baylor coach Kim Mulkey says Auburn wants "to make the game ugly."

Insult? More like high praise.

Mulkey says defensive-minded Auburn will try to keep the score low when the Tigers play Baylor in an NCAA Tournament second-round game at 6 p.m. Sunday night on ESPN2 in Ferrell Center on the Baylor campus. The Bears, the No. 1 seed in the Dallas Region, are 34-1. Auburn, the No. 9 seed, is 20-12.

Auburn showed off its defensive prowess in Friday's 68-57 win over St. John's when it had 13 steals and forced 25 turnovers. Baylor will challenge Auburn's defense even more.

Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy says the Tigers will keep their same approach.

"At this point, you're going to do what you do. You don't have time to change anything," she said.

Baylor is favored. If Auburn pulls an upset, "we're going to have an upset doing what we do."

That's playing defense.

"We're probably about the only team in the country who plays like we do," said Auburn's Katie Frerking.

More on Katie Frerking and Auburn in the NCAAs here.

Mulkey says Auburn's style "shortens the game. It takes away a lot of your possessions with deflections and using up the clock and turning it over, and they never get away from it. That is who they are. That is their identity."

This is Auburn's 19th NCAA appearance. Mulkey knows that tradition.

"I've got a history with Auburn," she said. "We've played them in the Final Four when I was at Louisiana Tech and we were down 14 at halftime and came back and won the national championship back in the day when they had Ruthie Bolton and Ola Mae, her sister, and all those guys. So they have got a very proud tradition."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:
 

 

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