Women's Basketball Set For First Road Test At South Florida
Nov. 21, 2010
AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team hits the road for the first time this week, traveling to Tampa, Fla., for a 6 p.m. CT, Monday meeting with South Florida at the Sun Dome. The Tigers enter the game with a 1-2 record while the Bulls are 2-2 after falling to Morgan State, 53-51, Saturday night.
Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said South Florida will be a challenge for the Tigers with its up-tempo, fast-paced style of play.
"South Florida is very athletic and very fast," said Fortner. "They like to play an up-tempo style and they get a lot of penetration to try to get to the free-throw line a lot. They are a nice team, a very strong team at home, too. They have a great home-court advantage."
After opening the season with three-straight home games, including matchups with No. 16 Florida State and No. 6 Duke, this will be the first road trip this season for the Tigers. Auburn will play three games away from Auburn Arena, beginning with the South Florida game. Following the meeting with the Bulls, Auburn will travel to Freeport, Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam.
"I'm looking forward to taking the team on the road," said Fortner. "It is time to get road tested, to get out of town and see how much we have grown. I am anxious to see how much we have grown as a team after the last two games."
The three season-opening games have been the toughest in Auburn's history with two of the three opponents ranked in the top 25. It marked the first time ever for the Tigers to play two ranked teams in their first three games.
"Over the last two games, I think we saw what are bench is capable of doing," said Fortner. "We are learning about rotations and some of the versatility we have on the defensive end that we need to take advantage of.
"We have also learned that we have to become a better rebounding team and we have put more emphasis on that. There was a lot to take away from playing Florida State and Duke."
South Florida returns two starters and seven letterwinners from last season's squad that went 15-16, advancing to the WNIT. The Bulls lost to in-state rival Florida, 61-54.
USF has wins this season against Jacksonville (82-77) and Stetson (80-42), losing at Middle Tennessee State (71-59) and at home against Morgan State (53-51). Three of the Bulls' first four games this season have been at home.
Junior Andrea Smith is leading USF this season with 15.5 points per game. Kaneisha Saunders is right behind her, coming off the bench in all four games, with 9.8 points and 4.8 assists per game. After missing the first two games of the season, Porche Grant has stepped up, averaging 8.0 points and a team-high 12.5 rebounds per game.
Senior Jordan Greenleaf has led the Tigers through the first three games, averaging 13.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. She is one of three Tigers averaging double figures, coming in ahead of sophomore Blanche Alverson (12.0 ppg) and Smalley (11.3 ppg).
Sophomore point guard Morgan Toles is averaging 9.7 points and a Southeastern Conference-leading 6.0 assists per game.
For fans that cannot make it to the game, live stats will be available at AuburnTigers.com. Tiger fans can listen to the game live on WMXA 96.7 FM with play-by-play from Andy Burcham and color commentary from Arnika Edwards. An audio Webcast will also be available at AuburnTigers.com.
For news and live-game updates, follow Auburn women's basketball on Twitter at twitter.com/AuburnWBB.
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