Nov. 27, 2012
|Auburn (4-2) at Tulane (5-0)|
||Wednesday, Nov. 28
||6:30 PM CST
||Fogelman Arena, New Orleans, La.
||Cox Sports Television; Tim Grubbs (PBP), Victor Howell (color)
||96.7 FM WMXA, Andy Burcham (PBP) and Stephanie Follett (color)
||Auburn Notes | SEC Notes
||Auburn will take a 10-day break for final exams, returning to the court on Dec. 9 with a home game gainst Hofstra at 6 p.m. CT.
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AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team will play its final game before semester finals Wednesday as the Tigers travel to New Orleans for a meeting with Tulane. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT, from Fogelman Arena and the game will be televised on Cox Sports Television.
The Tigers (4-2) are coming off a 1-1 weekend at the Omni Hotels Classic in Boulder, Colo. After dropping a tough game to San Diego State in the opener, Auburn bounced back for a consolation win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
"I thought we played well defensively in spots, at different times in the games," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "I saw some fight in our kids. We got down a little bit and we fought to get back in the games. Against San Diego State, we did not win, but we fought back to tie the game. Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, unfortunately we had to fight back again and that one we did win."
Five different players scored in double figures over the course of the two games with career high performances from Peyton Davis, Courtney Strain and Tra'Cee Tanner. The ability to get several players involved will be key for the Tigers in upcoming games, according to Williams-Flournoy.
"For us to win ball games, we are going to need all 12 ballplayers at any given time," said Williams-Flournoy. "Each game we should really have a different player stepping up to help Tyrese (Tanner) and Hasina (Muhammad) because those two are our leading scorers. When we get help from anywhere, especially Peyton inside and Courtney knocking down some shots, it really helps us a lot."
Looking for its fifth win of the season, Auburn will get a tough road test from undefeated Tulane (5-0). The Green Wave are coming off a tournament title at the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Tournament in Flagstaff, Ariz., and are playing just their second home game of the season.
Tulane has 10 letterwinners returning for the 2012-2013 season, including four starters, from last season's team that went 23-11 (9-7 Conference USA). Tulane welcomes three newcomers to the team, as well a redshirt returning for the season.
"Tulane is having a really good season. They are playing hard and have a great point guard in Olivia Grayson that is playing really well for them," said Williams-Flournoy. "They are having a great season so far, they have had some great games on the road that they have won, they played really well at their Thanksgiving tournament. They are a tough team right now."
Janique Kautsky and Olivia Grayson lead the team with 9.6 points per game each this season. Grayson is also the team's top rebounder with 7.4 per game. Tulane is playing just its second home game of the season against Auburn. The Green Wave defeated Louisiana Tech, 66-59, at home in the season-opener.
The Tulane Green Wave is under the direction of head coach, Lisa Stockton, who is in her 19th season coaching the Green Wave.
When Auburn wins, the Tigers have been tough, averaging a 32.8-point margin of victory in its four wins. The Tigers will be playing their second true road game of the season at Tulane. Three Tigers are averaging double figures, led by Muhammad with 15.7 per game, including two 20-point games. Tyrese Tanner is at 14.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while Blanche Alverson comes in with 10.0 points and a team-high 5.8 boards per game.
Live stats and streaming audio of Wednesday's game can be found on AuburnTigers.com. The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television with Tim Grubbs and Victor Howell calling the action. Tiger fans can also listen to the game on WMXA 96.7 FM in Auburn with Andy Burcham and Stephanie Follett on the call.