Oct. 8, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's basketball team has wrapped up its first full week of practice. The Tigers opened fall camp on Tuesday, Oct. 1 and have conducted six practices in that span.
The Tigers are under the direction of second-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, who led Auburn to a 19-15 season and an appearance in the Women's NIT quarterfinals in her first season. Auburn returns three starters and six letterwinners from that team while welcoming eight newcomers.
With the first week in the books, Williams-Flournoy said that patience has been the key to getting started.
"There are so many newcomers and so many freshmen, you just have to be patient," said Williams-Flournoy. "Where we thought we could have got a little more in, we are having to go back and re-teach, but it's ok."
Playing in a system that emphasizes full-court pressure defense, it has been important to acclimate the newcomers to the atmosphere and speed of practice. With senior Tyrese Tanner, who played at the top of the press last year, moving to one of the post positions, it has been key to get the freshmen involved as much as possible in the press.
"They (the freshmen) have been doing good so far, learning the plays pretty quickly, especially the top of our press," said Tanner. "Our freshmen will be playing up there most of the time this season and they have been doing pretty good. They are getting in shape, getting stronger in the weight room and learning fast."
With Tanner back for her senior year a player that has led Auburn in scoring each of the last two seasons, she has played an important leadership role in helping the newcomers learn the system and get up to speed with college basketball.
"Tyrese Tanner has been my most improved player overall," said Williams-Flournoy. "The things that she does; the way she is taking control on the court, the way she is talking to the players. Tyrese Tanner is not afraid to really get after somebody, but at the end of the day explain to them exactly what needs to be done, `this is who we are, this is how we play, so you have to pick it up a little bit.'"
Auburn fans will be able to get their first look at the team Sunday as the Tigers host the Women's Basketball Fun Fan Day at Auburn Arena. The event will include a scrimmage, an opportunity to meet the team and coaching staff, inflatable games for children ages 12 and under, and an autograph session with the team. Free pizza, while supply lasts, is also available to the fans.
The Tigers will open the season on Saturday, Nov. 9 as Auburn hosts Georgia Southern at 2 p.m. CT, at Auburn Arena. The Tigers will play a 14-game home schedule this year with games against Tulane, St. John's, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Georgia and in-state rival Alabama.
Season tickets are on sale now with packages starting as low as $50. New for the season, fans can purchase the Auburn Women's Basketball Flex Pack. The Flex Pack offers fans the opportunity to purchase six games of their choice for $24. Flex Packs will go on sale on Oct. 21 and single-game tickets will go on sale on Nov. 4. For more information on tickets, go to AUBTix.com or call 1-855-282-2010.