Nov. 18, 2008
Georgia Southern Game Notes
STATESBORO, Ga. - The 20th-ranked Auburn women's basketball team (2-0) returns to action Wednesday night as the Tigers travel to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., for a 6 p.m. CT game.
Auburn is coming fresh off a Monday-night win over defending Atlantic 10 champion Temple, 95-76, at the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The game was the home-opener for the nationally-ranked Tigers.
Auburn has cruised to big wins in both of its games so far this season, downing Alabama A&M, 91-53, on Friday before taking down the Owls on Monday. The Tigers have scored more than 90 points in both games, marking the first time in the Nell Fortner era to reach that plateau in back-to-back games.
Georgia Southern also enters the game with a perfect 2-0 record after taking down NAIA-member Brewton-Parker, 93-44, and Florida Atlantic, 83-67. The Eagles are coming off a 17-13 season in 2007-08 in which it finished in a tie for third in the Southern Conference. Five newcomers join four starters returning from last season's team.
"Georgia Southern is a good team, they put the ball in transition, run a very disciplined flex offense with some different tweaks to it," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "They will be very challenging to guard because they can put four three-point shooters on the floor at a time, spread you out and that makes them very difficult to guard when that happens."
Fortner also said Georgia Southern pushes the ball in transition, forcing the Tigers to get their legs back quickly after playing Monday night. But, with the style of offense Auburn is running this season, Fortner likes the quick turnaround.
"I think it is good, the tough part is the travel, but the team bounces back from that pretty good," said Fortner. "I think it works in our favor with the rhythm of our offense that we do not have to wait a week to play again."
The meeting between Georgia Southern and Auburn will be the fourth all-time and the second when playing in Statesboro, Ga. The Tigers hold the all-time series lead, 3-0, with the last meeting coming in a 92-56 Auburn win during the 1996-97 season.
A video Webcast of Wednesday night's game can be found at www.GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com. Tiger fans can listen to the game live on WZMA 96.7 FM with play-by-play from Andy Burcham and color commentary from Arnika Edwards. An audio Webcast will also be available at www.AuburnTigers.com.