Tyrese Tanner scored 25 points with 11 rebounds in WNIT 3rd round victory over Tulane March 27.
In what has turned out to be a pleasant surprise, the Auburn women Basketball Team has cruised through the first three rounds of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, dispensing opponents by an average of 20 points per game.
However, in tonight’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal game, Auburn (19-14) faces a team that brings an unconventional style of offense heretofore unseen by the Tigers.
Drexel University (25-10) runs a motion offense that Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy says is impossible to simulate in practice. “We’re going against a motion-type offense … that’s something we haven’t been faced up against.”
Trying to defend it will present a big challenge. It will be a clash between the unconventional motion offense against Auburn’s high pressure defense. It’s anybody’s guess which style will win out.
But this writer gives the edge to the Tigers for two reasons:
First, Auburn will be playing their fourth consecutive tournament game at home. You can just see the player’s confidence level increase with each game. Second, just because the Tigers have convincingly defeated their first three opponents, doesn’t mean they haven’t been tested.
In the third round game against Tulane for example, the Green Wave made several charges, including a 13-2 run in the second period. Each time the Tigers fought back to take control.
While junior sensation Tyrese Tanner has been impressive with her 26 point per game average, 23 rebounds, and 11 steals … the most impressive thing so far has been the Tigers ability to withstand opponent’s charges and not wilt.
That’s always the mark of a championship caliber team. And It looks more and more like these Tigers have that championship swagger. Win tonight, and Auburn will be headed to the Final Four.
Let’s go Tigers!