March 29, 2013
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By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN -- Drexel runs a different motion offense. Not many do. Auburn likes to press like nobody's business.
Opposites will certainly attract Saturday when the Dragons come calling at 6 p.m. in a WNIT quarterfinal in Auburn Arena.
It's an interesting matchup, to be sure, says Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, who says Drexel's offense is "just something that is totally different."
"They're going to go against a team that presses, something that they haven't gone up against. And we're going against a motion-type offense, trying to defend it that's something we haven't been faced up against," she said.
Each team has been successful whatever the route. Auburn is 19-14, buoyed by decisive WNIT wins over UAB 80-57, Western Kentucky 84-66 and Tulane 72-52. Tyrese Tanner has helped make all of that so. She's scored 29, 24 and 25 in the WNIT games.
Drexel is 25-10 and is coming off a 50-47 win over Bowling Green.
Auburn will be hosting its fourth straight WNIT game.
"Anytime you can continue to play in March that's just another motivation that your team has had for post-season and the summer to get better before next season," Williams-Flournoy said.
That's the big picture. The immediate concern is Drexel's offense.
"It just spreads you out extremely far," she said. "You cannot simulate it in practice. People will say you don't really have that much time for Drexel. It would matter if we had a week to get ready for Drexel, you just can't simulate the offense they run. It takes you too long to try to even teach your scout team or second-team to even run it."
Who's going to win?
"Teams that can make the adjustment succeed," said Williams-Flournoy.
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