At the April, 2012 press conference introducing Auburn Women’s new Basketball Coach, Terri Williams-Flournoy, a question was asked as to what she would do to rebuild the Tiger program. She responded that she had one plan to get Auburn back to the top of the SEC … “Win.” So far the plan seems to be working.
And with Auburn’s convincing victory over Temple Sunday afternoon, the Women’s Basketball Team (8-2) is off to its best start in four years. Although Temple was a team Auburn hadn’t beat in four years, the Tigers trounced the Owls 71-49 in the Auburn Arena.
Winning is something Williams – Flournoy knows some thing about. In her 20 years in coaching she has been a part of 13 post season appearances including a Final Four (1999) and two regional finals (1997, 2000).
Before coming to Auburn, she led Georgetown to a four-year run (2008-12) that was the most successful period in Hoya history; with four consecutive 20+ seasons, three NCAA Tournament appearances including the Sweet 16 in 2011, and posting of a 93-41 mark. Her overall coaching record both as an assistant and as a head coach was 391-220.
And on December 12, she returned to Washington, DC to see her new team defeat George Washington 69-59 and give Coach Flo her 400th career victory.
With her high pressure defense and explosive offense, she has the team rolling – averaging a 28 point margin of victory in its eight wins. Three players are consistently scoring in double digits. Hasina Muhammad, Tyrese Tanner, and Blanche Alverson. And Najat Ouardad is tops in the SEC in assists with 5.8 per game.
It’s been a fast start for sure but Terri’s Tigers will be severely tested tonight when they face the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in the Auburn Arena. UTC is also having a good season, experiencing their best start since 1999-2000.
The Moccasin’s (8-1) opened their season at home with an 80-71 victory over the storied Tennessee Volunteers and just last week defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa 72-58.
Five Lady Mocs scored in double figures in that game and the Tide never led as Chattanooga dominated the glass, outrebounding Alabama 57-40. Senior guard Kayla Christopher regularly gets 10 rebounds a game and against Bama she had her first career double-double with 10 boards and 10 rebounds.
Also presenting a challenge for the Tigers defense will be junior forward Ashlen Dewart who is an excellent rebounder and deadly 3-point shooter.
The Moccasin’s are ranked as the 22nd best scoring team in the nation at 75 points per game. It will be one of the toughest test the Tigers have had to face in this young season. But one thing’s for certain, the Tigers are in good hands with Coach Flo – because Terri Williams-Flournoy knows how to win.
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