Dec. 10, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's basketball team is 6-3 on the season as the Tigers take the week off for final exams. Auburn has four more non-conference games on its slate before opening Southeastern Conference play on Jan. 5.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
With this season's 6-3 start, head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy now has a 20-7 record in non-conference games at Auburn. Of those out-of-league games, she has put together a 14-1 mark in Auburn Arena.
With less than two minutes left in the game vs. St. John's, freshman Brandy Montgomery picked up a steal at mid-court and flipped it up to junior Hasina Muhammad. On the break, Muhammad decided to do what no Auburn women's basketball player has done before - attempt a slam dunk. She missed. The ball came off the back of the rim, but Muhammad put an exclamation point on the Tigers' big win over the Red Storm.
Freshman Brandy Montgomery has established herself in the Auburn starting lineup and has been a consistent presence for the Tigers. The native of Port St. Lucie, Fla., has scored in double figures in seven of the eight games she has played in with a season-high of 17 points against Ball State. She is currently third on the team with 12.4 points per game.
FIRST TO 20
Junior Hasina Muhammad became the first Auburn player this season to score 20 or more points when she torched St. John's for a career-high 28 on Dec. 6. She was 11-of-19 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line in the win.
While Hasina Muhammad was the first Tiger to score 20 points in a game this season, she was not alone as a 20-point scorer in the game. Senior Tyrese Tanner also scored 20 points against St. John's, marking the first time since March 24, 2013 for a pair of Tigers to score 20 points in the same game. Coincidentally, it was Tanner and Muhammad that night as well.
Against St. John's, Auburn forced 22 Red Storm turnovers while allowing just 20 made field goals. It marked the fifth time this season and the 23rd time in the Coach Flo Era that an Auburn opponent committed more turnovers than made field goals.
Auburn has four non-conference games left on its slate, two set for Auburn Arena and two on the road. The Tigers will first take on Florida A&M on Sunday at Auburn Arena before closing out the home non-conference schedule with Presbyterian on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The Blue Hose went 19-12 and advanced to the Women's Basketball Invitational last season. The Tigers will then take on Minnesota and UCLA in the Subway Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. Host Minnesota went 18-14 and advanced to the WNIT last year while UCLA went 26-8 and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Play continues at 6 p.m. CT, Sunday at Auburn Arena as the Tigers take on Florida A&M (6-4). Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Fans can listen locally on WGZZ 94.3 FM in Auburn or catch the AUHD broadcast on AuburnTigers.com/AllAccess.