Nov. 18, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. -The Auburn women's basketball team will play its second of five-straight games away from Auburn Arena on Tuesday as the Tigers travel to Alabama A&M. Tipoff from T.M. Elmore Gymnasium is set for 7 p.m. CT.
Because of the Auburn men's basketball game Jacksonville State being at the same time, the women's game will air live on WANI 98.7 FM in Auburn and on AuburnTigers.com/AllAccess. Andy Burcham will call the action with Brit Bowen in the studio.
The Tigers are coming off their first loss of the season, a heartbreaking 78-74 loss at Temple on Saturday. Because of foul trouble, Auburn was forced to rely on its newcomers to keep the Tigers in the game in the second half.
"I thought the young players did a good job," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "Unfortunately during that segment where we lost our 16-point lead, we had five turnovers and both Peyton (Davis) and Tyrese (Tanner) got into foul trouble at the same time. You have to rely on your young kids to step in where your upperclassmen need not to get into foul trouble. I thought they did a decent job."
Auburn will get its second road test of the season Tuesday against the Bulldogs.
Alabama A&M is 0-2 on the season after a home loss to Southeast Missouri State (76-64) and a road loss at Eastern Kentucky (89-69). The Bulldogs are led by Brittany Strickland with 13 points per game while Alyssa Strickland is right behind her with 12 points per game. Jasmine Sanders leads the team on the boards with 7.0 rebounds per game along with 8.5 points per game.
The Bulldogs are coached by Semeka Randall, a former standout player at Tennessee. She is in her first season with the Bulldogs and inherited a team that went 9-20 last season, finishing sixth in the SWAC with a 6-10 league mark. Alabama A&M returns three starters and six letterwinners from last season's team while welcoming five newcomers.
"Alabama A&M is very quick and very athletic," said Williams-Flournoy. "The guards are extremely quick. They like to penetrate, but also shoot the ball. It is another team that we have to sit down and defend."
Auburn opened its season with a 69-59 win over Georgia Southern and a 66-49 win over Jacksonville State before the loss at Temple.
Tyrese Tanner leads the Tigers with 18.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while her sister Tra'Cee Tanner averages 13.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Freshman Brandy Montgomery has made an immediate impact on the team, averaging 15.0 points per game.