|2017-18 Auburn Women's Basketball - Game #12|
|Auburn Tigers (8-3) vs. Xavier (La.) Gold Nuggets (6-4)||Date/Time||Thursday, Dec. 28 | 6 p.m. CT|
|Location||Auburn, Ala. | Auburn Arena (9,121) | Seating Chart|
|Tickets||Purchase Tickets Online | WBB Ticket Information & Options|
|TV||SEC Network + (Rod Bramblett, Joe Ciampi) | Watch Live|
|Radio||WTGZ 93.9 FM (Andy Burcham)|
|Additional Info||Auburn Notes | XULA Notes | SEC Notes|
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn wraps up the non-conference portion of the 2017-18 women's basketball season Thursday night as Xavier University of Louisiana visits Auburn Arena for a 6 p.m. tip.
It's Dollar Night at Auburn Arena - all general admission tickets for Thursday's game are just $1.00. Auburn's players will also sign autographs for fans on the court immediately following the game.
The Tigers (8-3) look to finish off non-conference play on a six-game winning streak; the Tigers have won five straight coming into Thursday night. Auburn's last time out, the Tigers earned an 80-46 win over Southeastern Louisiana just before breaking for Christmas. Freshman Unique Thompson has three straight double-doubles coming into Thursday's game and four total for the season.
XULA (4-6), an NAIA school in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, is playing its third Division I opponent of the season. The Gold Nuggets dropped an exhibition to Louisiana-Lafayette in November and fell to New Orleans on Dec. 14.
Andy Burcham will have the radio call on WTGZ 93.9 FM beginning at 5:45 p.m. Fans can listen online at AuburnTigers.com or via the official Auburn Tigers app for mobile devices. The game will be televised on SEC Network + with Rod Bramblett and Joe Ciampi on the call; the broadcast can be seen online via WatchESPN or the ESPN app.
• Dollar Night - All general admission tickets are just $1.00!
• Postgame Autographs on Court
• This is the first meeting between Auburn and Xavier (La.)
• This marks Auburn’s first regular-season game against a non-Division I opponent since the 2000-01 season (Puerto Rico-Mayaguez) and first NAIA opponent since 1995-96 (AUM)
• Auburn is 5-0 against the state of Louisiana this season and plays eight total games this season against teams from the Pelican State
• Auburn is 64-29 all-time against the state of Louisiana and has won 9 of its last 10
• Auburn ranks in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense (6th - 51.8); steals per game (3rd - 15.1); turnovers forced per game (5th - 24.9) and turnover margin (7th - +8.3).
• Auburn forced a season-high 35 turnovers vs. UL-Monroe, second-most under Williams-Flournoy and 8th-most in Auburn history
• Auburn has forced at least 20 turnovers in all 11 games this season and 25+ turnovers in five games
• Auburn has won 22 of its last 24 games when forcing at least 25 turnovers (4-1 this season)
• Junior point guard Janiah McKay is Auburn’s top scorer with 15.1 points/game; she also leads team and ranks third in SEC in assists (5.2) and second in steals (3.1)
• McKay matched her career-high with 29 points vs. Louisiana Tech (11/19); also had 29 vs. UT and Alabama last year
• McKay had a career-high 8 rebounds vs. North Carolina A&T (11/16)
• Freshman Unique Thompson was named SEC Freshman of the Week after her first career double-double (16 pts, 14 rebs) vs. Louisiana Tech (11/19); she had 10 points and 10 rebounds by halftime
• Thompson earned a second SEC Freshman of the Week nod after back-to-back double-doubles vs. UL-Lafayette and Southern; her 29 points at ULL was a career-high and the second-most ever by an Auburn freshman
• Thompson has 4 double-doubles this season: LA Tech (16/14), ULL (29/12), Southern (18/10), SE Louisiana (10/11)
• Thompson had six blocks vs. LA Tech, most for Auburn player since 2011 (Jassany Williams, 7 vs. Duke)
• Thompson became the sixth Auburn freshman since 2005 to earn a start in her first collegiate game; she played 34 minutes in the opener at Virginia Tech
• Thompson pulled down 16 rebounds at Virginia Tech, the most by an Auburn player since Tra’Cee Tanner had 19 at Florida Gulf Coast in 2015
• Thompson missed two games with injury suffered vs. Northwestern (11/25), returned to lineup at Indiana (12/3)
• Sophomore Daisa Alexander scored a career-high 19 points in the season opener at Virginia Tech (11/13); then topped that career-high with 25 points at Indiana (12/3)
• Alexander is second on the team with 12.9 points/game; she has scored in double-figures in nine of 11 games
• McKay and Alexander rank second and third, respectively, in the SEC in steals; McKay averages 3.1, Alexander 2.5
• Junior Erica Sanders had a career-high 6 steals vs. Louisiana Tech (11/19)
• Junior Emari Jones had a career-high 7 rebounds at Virginia Tech (11/13) and earned her first start vs. N.C. A&T (11/16)
• Auburn’s win over North Carolina A&T on Nov. 16 was the 900th win in program history, dating back to 1971-72
• Auburn is the 24th program in NCAA Division I to win 900 women’s basketball games
›› Senior Tiffany Lewis led four players in double figures as the Auburn women’s basketball team earned an 80-46 win over Southeastern Louisiana Tuesday night at Auburn Arena.
›› The Tigers (8-3) head into the Christmas break on a five-game win streak with their largest point total of the season. Auburn forced Southeastern Louisiana (1-9) into 31 turnovers, turning those into 34 points -- which proved to be the winning margin.
›› Lewis scored 15 points, her most in two seasons at Auburn, to lead the Tigers. She was 5-of-9 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Lewis also had three rebounds and two steals.
›› Freshman Unique Thompson picked up her third straight double-double and fourth of the season with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore Daisa Alexander added 14 points, and junior Janiah McKay had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 assists.
AUBURN vs. XAVIER (LA.)
›› Auburn and Xavier have never met in women’s basketball.
›› Tonight’s game counts as a regular-season contest for Auburn but as an exhibition for Xavier.
›› This is Auburn’s first regular-season game against a non-Division I opponent since 2000-01 against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.
›› Auburn’s last regular-season game against an NAIA opponent came on Dec. 14, 1995, against AU-Montgomery.
›› Xavier is 6-4 on the season and has split its last four games. The Gold Nuggets went 1-1 in their home tournament just before Christmas, defeating the University of the Virgin Islands 76-30 before falling to 9th-ranked Lindsey Wilson 69-60.
›› The Gold Nuggets average 59.9 points/game but hold their opponents to 58.9 points/game. Much like Auburn, XULA forces opponent turnovers in bunches; they have forced 24.6/game this season.
›› Essence Wells leads XULA with 10.7 points/game. Gina Smith is the Gold Nuggets’ leading rebounder with 6.2 per game.
›› XULA was picked to finish 2nd in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.
›› Auburn is 8-3 on the season, coming off an 80-46 victory over Southeastern Louisiana just before the Christmas break.
›› The Tigers are scoring 63.4 points per game while holding opponents to an SEC-best 51.8. Auburn’s scoring defense ranks 6th nationally.
›› Junior point guard Janiah McKay has scored in double-figures in 10 of the Tigers’ 11 games, including matching a career-high with 29 vs. Louisiana Tech. She also ranks second in the SEC in steals (3.0/game) and third in assists (5.2/game).
›› Freshman Unique Thompson has been a breakout star, twice earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors while averaging 12.9 points and 9.7 rebounds. She had a double-double vs. Louisiana Tech to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
›› Senior forwards Jazmine and Jessica Jones are the Tigers’ other two returning starters. Jessica Jones is the team’s leading returner in rebounds (5.2/game) and steals (1.4/game) and averaged 3.8 points last season. Jazmine Jones averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds last season and was a key component of Auburn’s trademark pressure defense. Jessica pulled down 10 rebounds in a win over N.C. A&T, and Jazmine matched a career-high with five steals vs. ULM.
›› Junior Emari Jones earned her first career start vs. North Carolina A&T on Nov. 16 and has remained in the lineup ever since. She has averaged 4.3 points and 3.6 rebounds so far this year.
›› Sophomore Daisa Alexander has been another breakout star, averaging 12.9 points off the bench. In just 20 minutes vs. Indiana, she scored a career-high 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter to help Auburn pull away.
›› Auburn has forced at least 20 turnovers in all 11 games this season and has forced 25 or more five times (29 vs. LA Tech; 25 vs. Northwestern, 35 vs. ULM; 26 vs. Southern; 31 vs. SE Louisiana).
›› Southeastern Conference play tips off on New Year’s Eve as the Florida Gators visit Auburn Arena at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. The game is nationally televised on ESPN2.