Williams-Flournoy Goes For 150th Career Win At George Washington
Dec. 11, 2012
AUBURN - Auburn women's basketball head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy will go for the 150th win of her head coaching career Wednesday as she takes the Tigers (6-2) back to her former home for a meeting with George Washington (4-4). Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT, Wednesday from the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C.
Williams-Flournoy got win No. 149 last Sunday as Auburn downed Hofstra, 68-58. The win also marked another milestone in her career as it was the 400th of her coaching career with 251 as an assistant and 149 as a head coach. Playing the game after a long break for final exams, she said she was just happy to get back on the court.
"It was good to finally get back home and play and actually just to play," said Williams-Flournoy. "We had such a long break, and from the performance, you can tell that we hadn't played in a long time. Under those circumstances of having not played for a long time and just finishing finals, it was good to get the win."
Four of Auburn's five starters scored in double figures in the win with junior center Peyton Davis picking up the first double-double of her career with 13 points and 12 rebounds. While the top five played well, the game also marked the first of the season where the bench did not produce a double-digit scorer, something Williams-Flournoy wants to get back on track.
"I think the starters played extremely well but like I said before, we have to get a little bit more out of our bench; a little bit more productivity," said Williams-Flournoy. "Some of the starters are playing too many minutes and the way that we play, nobody should be playing that many minutes. Hopefully we can get just a little bit more productivity from our bench."
Auburn will get another test as the Tigers play a true road game for the third time this season. The Tigers are 1-1 when playing on an opponents' floor after falling at North Carolina State in the first game of the season and winning at Tulane on Nov. 28.
The Tigers will face a 4-4 George Washington team coming off two-straight losses to Georgetown and at American. Megan Nipe leads the Colonials in scoring with 10.6 points per game. Point guard Danni Jackson leads the team in assists with 4.6 per game and steals with 3.4 per game. Tara Booker is an outside sharp shooter at .483 (14-of-29) from beyond the arc.
George Washington has caused opponents to relinquish the ball this season, forcing 25.1 turnovers per game. The Colonials are also averaging 5.3 blocks per game.
The 2012-13 squad is a young one, featuring seven underclassmen with six seniors or graduate students. Head coach Jonathan Tsipis is in his first career season as a head coach at George Washington, having previously served as an assistant at Notre Dame for the last nine seasons under head coach Muffet McGraw.
"I know a lot about George Washington, we played them there a couple of years when I first started at Georgetown, and then those kids were the same kids that were constantly around and playing against our kids so we always knew a lot of them," said Williams-Flournoy. "They have a really good point guard; a lefty (Danni Jackson). She actually played for my brother and she's quick.
"Tara Booker is a shooter. She's just going to stand in the corner and just launch it. It's going to be tough defensively for us to get out to her if we are not moving on the flight of the ball. They have a good first-year coach in Jonathan Tsipis. He was an assistant at Notre Dame, and we had been together in the Big East for a little while. It's going to be a tough matchup back home in Washington, D.C."
Auburn is off to a 6-2 start and is averaging a 24.3-point margin of victory in its six wins. Three Tigers are averaging double figures, led by Hasina Muhammad with 15.9 per game, including two 20-point games. Tyrese Tanner is at 13.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while Blanche Alverson comes in with 11.5 points and 5.6 boards per game.
Coming off her first career double-double, center Peyton Davis leads the team in rebounding with 6.3, along with 8.1 points per game. Najat Ouardad is tops in the SEC in assists with 5.8 per game while scoring 5.5 points per game.
Fans can listen to the game on 96.7 FM in Auburn or on AuburnTigers.com with Andy Burcham calling the action. GameTracker will be available on AuburnTigers.com while a video Web stream will also be available on GWSports.com.
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