March 24, 2014
Tra’Cee Tanner scored 17 points in Auburn’s WNIT victory over Furman (Anthony Hall photo)
By Phillip Marshall
AUBURN, Ala. – For Auburn’s women’s basketball veterans, it is an opportunity to add to their legacy. For younger players, it’s an opportunity to take a step toward even bigger things. For all of them, it’s a chance to win a championship.
That’s the message second-year Auburn women’s basketball coach Terri Williams-Flournoy has for her team going into tonight’s second-round WNIT game against Old Dominion at Auburn Arena. Tipoff is set for 6.
Auburn (18-14) advanced with a 78-64 victory over Furman. Old Dominion (18-15) knocked off Navy 68-60.
“I think as you move on you really begin to understand what you are playing for,” Williams-Flournoy said. “You are playing for a championship. As you continue to advance, you kind of focus a little more. It’s going to mean a lot, especially to our young kids. For our older ones, it gives them a chance to put their mark on the program. For the young ones, it gives them a chance to understand postseason play.”
The Auburn-Old Dominion winner will move on to the quarterfinals to play the winner of tonight’s game between Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi.
Senior Tyrese Tanner and her sister, sophomore Tra’Cee Tanner, led Auburn’s victory over Furman with 17 points apiece.
Junior Old Dominion forward Shae Kelley led Old Dominion’s victory with 22 points, becoming the fifth Monarch player to break the 1,000-point barrier. And she got the attention of Williams-Flournoy.
“She can just flat out score,” Williams-Flournoy said. “She can play inside or outside. She can do a little bit of everything. She reminds you a little of Tyrese Tanner with her style of play. They are very good team.”
Kelley averages 18.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. She is the only Old Dominion player who averages double figures.
Tyrese Tanner leads Auburn with 17 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Freshman Brandy Montgomery averages 11.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. Tra’Cee Tanner averages 10.7 points and 6.1 rebounds.
Bruce Pearl, named Auburn men’s head coach last Tuesday, is expected to be on hand to watch.
“We will welcome him any time,” Williams-Flournoy said. “He is very energetic, has a great personality. He’s going to being a lot of energy to the program.”
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: