Dec. 17, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's basketball team (7-3) will play its last home game of 2013 and its final non-conference home game Wednesday as the Tigers take on Presbyterian (2-7). Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT with doors opening at Auburn Arena at 4:30 p.m.
Fans can take advantage of the Gameday Youth Special Wednesday night. Fans that buy one adult ticket can get one youth (12 and under) ticket for free.
The Tigers are coming off a dominating 92-55 win over Florida A&M on Sunday. Auburn struggled early in the game, but a 30-0 run in the second half put the Rattlers away.
"You could tell during the first half that they were still recovering from finals and trying to practice," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "I thought we really woke up in the second half and did a great job. I thought our defense really stepped it up, and that's really what started our offense."
With the Tiger' defense playing a major factor in the 30-0 run, Williams-Flournoy thought it was important in showing Auburn's younger players how much of an impact their defensive pressure can have.
"I knew we had scored and they really weren't scoring, but it was definitely our defensive pressure that stepped up," said Williams-Flournoy. "I thought Tyrese Tanner did a great job at the top of the press, causing a lot of havoc. It was also causing them to come down in half court, with not as much time to run their offense. They were starting to take quick shots, which in turn turned into transition points for us.
"For our young kids, I think the point that we want them to take note of is the number of times we force a team into turnovers and the points off the production of the turnovers. We are trying to get them to understand that's how we play."
After taking on Florida A&M, a team that got off 27 3-pointers against the Tigers, Auburn will face a similar foe in Presbyterian, a squad that went 6-of-24 from 3-point range in their 83-41 win against Truett-McConnell on Monday.
"They are another team that can shoot the three," said Williams-Flournoy. "They also have a really good inside presence. They have an undersized post, but she works it really hard in there."
After a 19-12 record in head coach Ronny Fisher's first season at the help, Presbyterian has struggled early in his second year, entering its meeting with Auburn with a 2-7 record. The Blue Hose return just one starter and eight letterwinners from last season's team that advanced to the Women's Basketball Invitational.
Presbyterian's two wins this year have come against Columbia College and Truett-McConnell. Auburn is the second SEC opponent for the Blue Hose as the team dropped a 45-30 decision to Georgia in their season opener.
Karlee Taylor leads the team with 8.6 points per game and is the team's main long-range threat as she shoots 37.8 percent from 3-point range. Rebecca Walker and Sherece Smith are right behind her with 7.2 points per game while Noelle Carter pulls down a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game.
"It is another team that will stand out there and shoot the three. They shot 24 threes last night in their game, so they obviously aren't shy about shooting the three," said Williams-Flournoy. "I think this is a game that I'm really going to test our kids on because we haven't done a very good job of defending the 3-point line. We didn't do a good job against Florida A&M during the first half. We did a much better job in the second half. After halftime we explained to them what they weren't doing, so once again it's another team we have to chase off that 3-point line."
Fans can listen to the game locally on 94.3 WGZZ FM in Auburn or catch the AUHD Webcast on AuburnTigers.com/AllAccess. GameTracker will also be available at AuburnTigers.com.