Nov. 12, 2013
By Phillip Marshall
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn's women's basketball team will have two freshmen in the starting lineup in Wednesday night's game against Jacksonville State at Auburn Arena.
Brandy Montgomery, a 5-foot-10 wing player from Port St. Lucie, Fla., will join freshman guard Katy Frerking, who scored 8 points in last Saturday's 69-59 victory over Georgia Southern, in the starting lineup. Tipoff time is set for 6 p.m.
Junior college transfer Kiani Parker will start at point guard. Senior Tyrese Tanner, who started on the wing at the 3 position against Georgia Southern, will start inside at the 4 and senior Peyton Davis at center.
Montgomery, Allina Starr and Keonna Farmer, all freshmen, were suspended for the season opener for violations of team rules, according to second-year coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. Junior Hassina Muhammad, a preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection, was suspended for the first five games.
Tanner worked for most of the preseason at the 4 position but had to move outside, where she played last season, when the Tigers were short-handed in their opener. Montgomery's return will change that.
"Brandy gives us another shooter on the wing," Williams-Flournoy said. "She's a 3-point shooter. She's a scorer, so it gives us another offensive threat. She's a good defensive player as well. She plays at the top of the press, so Ty doesn't have to play that all night. Ty will be back at the 4 where I wanted her in the first place."
Davis and Tanner led the way for the Tigers in the opener. Davis had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Tanner had 17 points and seven rebounds. But Williams-Flournoy wasn't happy with much anything else she saw.
"They didn't play hard enough for me," Williams-Flournoy said. "Are we happy about the win? No doubt, but we have to play harder than that. I thought we had too many mistakes defensively. We were getting beat off the ball. We were out of position on our press. It was all things we had worked on. It was nothing new. It was just our defense wasn't up to par.
"We've been working on defense since Day 1. Now they have to do it. They'll figure it out."
Jacksonville State, under first-year coach Rick Pietri, fell 83-62 in its season-opener against Ole Miss.
Flournoy's goals for Wednesday night's game are simple. She wants to see improvement in effort and execution.
"I want to see them play harder and I want to see them improve defensively," Williams-Flournoy said. "Also rebounding. If we improve in those three areas, we'll look a lot better."
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