Auburn Women Prepare for Alabama A&M on Sunday
Nov. 17, 2012
AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team (2-1) will take on Alabama A&M (1-1) Sunday afternoon at the Auburn Arena. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT.
"In preparing for Alabama A&M, I think we have to go back, and the one thing we really have to focus on is closing up our traps," Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "We're just doing a poor job of closing up the traps, and that right there is affecting our defense because we go to trap and the other defenders are moving to position. When we don't close up the trap and we let that person split our defense, then it makes us vulnerable defensively, so we definitely have to work on closing up our traps."
Auburn is coming off an 80-43 win over Alabama State on Thursday night. Williams-Flournoy picked up her first win in the Auburn Arena. Blanche Alverson led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points and added nine rebounds in the effort.
Four other players also scored in double figures, and it was the first time since a Dec. 30, 2010, game against Jacksonville State in which five Auburn players scored in double figures.
The Tigers forced 26 turnovers against Alabama State, marking the third-consecutive game with 20 or more forced turnovers. In its first three games, Auburn has scored 78 points off turnovers, averaging 26 ppg off turnovers.
"That's what we want to do," Williams-Flournoy said. "That's how we want to play. We want to force teams to turn the ball over. One of the things we try to get our kids to realize is when you force a team to turn the ball over, that means they're giving us another offensive possession, and we're taking one away from them. At the end of the game, with the field goal attempts, we should always be on the higher end with forcing teams to turn the ball over which gives us a chance to win the game."
Auburn stays at home to face Alabama A&M before traveling to Boulder, Colo., for the 26th Annual Omni Hotels Classic. This is the sixth meeting all-time between Auburn and Alabama A&M with Auburn holding a 5-0 series lead. The last meeting was an 84-45 win on Dec. 28, 2010 in Auburn.
For fans that cannot make it to the game, GameTracker and a live video Webcast will be available at AuburnTigers.com. Tiger fans can listen to the game live on WMXA 96.7 FM and AuburnTigers.com with play-by-play from Andy Burcham and color commentary from Stephanie Follett.
Season and tickets are still on sale with individual packages starting at $50 for reserved chairback seats. Auburn students are allowed in for free and discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Auburn's home schedule this season features games against Hofstra, Temple, Samford, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU, Florida, Missouri, Mississippi State and in-state rival Alabama.
For more information, please call the Athletic Department ticket office at 1-855-282-2010 or visit www.AUBTix.com.
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