Nov. 8, 2012
|(0-0) Auburn vs. Maine (0-0)|
|Date:||Friday, Nov. 9||Tip:||1:30 PM CST|
|Where:||Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, N.C.||Live Stats||Game Tracker|
|Live Video:||All-Access||Live Audio||All-Access|
|Radio:||96.7 WMXA, Andy Burcham (PBP)|
|Up Next:||Auburn will take on either Wofford or host North Carolina State in the second round of the tournament Saturday evening.|
AUBURN - After a little more than seven months on the job, the Terri Williams-Flournoy era at Auburn will officially get under way Friday afternoon as the Tigers take on Maine in the season-opener for both teams. Playing in the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational, Auburn and the Black Bears will tip off at 1:30 p.m. CT, Friday at North Carolina State's Reynolds Coliseum.
Auburn officially opened practice for the 2012-13 season on Oct. 1, working toward the No. 9 season-opener. With the installation of a new philosophy and style of play, Williams-Flournoy has spent the last two weeks making final preparations for the start of the season.
"For the last two weeks we've just been cleaning up some of our mistakes that we did during the scrimmages and just trying to fix some of the small mistakes," said Williams-Flournoy. "They are things that aren't that big, but could be big problems if we don't clean them up.
"It's always great to get the season started and play other opponents. They get tired of just practicing against each other. As a coach you always wish you had more time, but eventually the season has to start."
Williams-Flournoy will take the court with seven letterwinners returning from last season's squad, including five players that have started at least one game during their Auburn career. She also brings five newcomers, including four freshmen to the team.
With a base of experience that includes 127 career starts, Williams-Flournoy has seen some things she likes, but is still looking for consistency out of her squad.
"I have seen some good things out of Courtney Strain, Najat Ouardad and Peyton Davis," said Williams-Flournoy. "The problem we are having right now is that no one is consistent. Maybe once we get people a little more consistent, and consistently doing the same thing correct every time, then I might be able to answer that question a little better."
Ready or not, the Tigers will hit the ground running this weekend, beginning with Maine on Friday and either host North Carolina State or Wofford on Saturday.
"Maine is actually a very young team, they have a lot of freshman and newcomers this year," said Williams-Flournoy. "They have a really big post player (Anna Heise) that played well for them in the exhibition game. They have a solid point guard (Ashleigh Roberts) that's coming back from last year, so Maine's a good team and coached extremely well. We just have to be ready."
Maine returns two starters and four letterwinners from last season's team that went 8-23 (4-12) and finished eighth in the America East Conference. The Black Bears welcome nine newcomers for the 2012-13 season. Roberts is Maine's top returning scorer, as she averaged 7.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season. She was ranked 29th in the league in scoring and was third on the team with 121 total rebounds.
Maine played New Brunswick in its lone exhibition game. The Black bears won 71-46 with Heise leading the team with 18 points.
Saturday's second round will see the Tigers take on either the host Wolfpack or the Wofford Terriers. North Carolina State returns three starters from last season's team that went 19-16 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT. Wofford, meanwhile, lost just one player from last season's team that went 13-18.
Auburn has a 33-8 all-time record in season-openers and are 11-5 when opening the season away from home. Williams-Flournoy holds a 5-3 mark in season-openers as Georgetown's head coach, winning her last four.
Fans can listen to Friday's game live on WMXA 96.7 FM in Auburn or online at AuburnTigers.com/AllAccess with Andy Burcham calling the action. Live streaming video will also be available at GoPack.com/AllAccess.