Tigers Enjoying First Full Day In California


March 21, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - The Auburn (20-11) women's basketball team spent its first full day in California, holding its first practice in Maples Pavilion before Saturday's NCAA Tournament first round game vs. No. 20 George Washington (25-6).

Saturday's game will tip at 1 p.m. CT and be televised live on ESPN2. Friday's activities included mandatory press conferences and media availability followed by a short practice at Maples Pavilion. The team continued their practice to the Ford Center on the campus of Stanford before returning to the hotel in San Mateo.

"We're very excited about being in the NCAA Tournament," Fortner said. "It's this group of players' first time to play in the tournament and we're looking forward to playing George Washington." The matchup between the Tigers and George Washington will be the third overall meeting and the second of the season. George Washington defeated Auburn, 68-66, on a buzzer beater in Auburn on Jan. 3, and also earned the win in Washington, D.C., last season, 62-51.

"We're looking forward to the opportunity to play them again, but to play in the NCAA tournament and have the opportunity to compete for a championship is very exciting. "

Auburn is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004. The Tigers are 28-16 all-time in the tournament and have won 15 consecutive first round games. The last time Auburn lost an opening round game was in 1982; its first trip to the Big Dance.

Tiger fans can also listen to the game live in Auburn on 96.7 FM and follow live stats online from www.auburntigers.com.