First year Auburn Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy brought a winning attitude to Women’s Basketball.
The hot shooting Auburn Women’s Basketball Team that easily handled their first three opponents in the WNIT – suddenly went cold this evening in the quarter-finals. The Tigers shot only 15 percent in the first half and fell behind Drexel 30-12 at the break.
Auburn shooting improved in the second half with the Tigers actually outscoring Drexel 31-26 but it was too little too late, as they fell to the Dragons 56-43.
The home loss was a sad way for the seniors to finish out their careers.
But these ladies bought into first year coach Terri Williams-Flournoy’s style of play and did Auburn proud by making it to the fourth round of the tournament.
Some counted the Tigers out during a losing streak midway through the season. Yet they didn’t give up on their coach or on each other and with true Auburn Spirit fought hard to get back on track.
Coach Williams-Flournoy said, “When we had our eight-game losing streak they could have just taken a dive. They could have said the season was done and given up. That is not what they did. They came back and played extremely hard.”
The Tigers finished up the season 19-15 including a deep run into the WNIT. Today’s loss may have been a sad moment for the Tigers but it was also an encouraging one, because now these Tigers have laid a strong foundation for the future.
War Eagle ladies!
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!
Auburn’s Tyrese Tanner (32) blocks Tulane’s Jamie Kaplan (24) during the Tigers WNIT Sweet 16 victory at the Auburn Arena.
Another Auburn opponent bit the dust tonight as the Women’s Basketball Team defeated their third post season foe by blowing out Tulane 72 – 52.
As with the first two wins, the Tigers did it with a high pressure defense that had 11 steals; which set a new school record for steals with 396.
A red hot Tyrese Tanner again led the way, this time by hitting her first double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Coach Williams-Flournoy has her Tigers hitting on all cylinders. And it looks like they are playing their best basketball of the year.
The Tigers now advance to the WNIT Elite Eight, and will play the winner of Thursday’s Drexel-Bowling Green game.
Congrats Tigers and keep it going!
Auburn’s Tyrese Tanner (32) drives past Western Kentucky’s Bianca McGee (22) during the second round of the WNIT Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Auburn Arena.
Auburn women will play another round of the WNIT tonight at the Auburn Arena as the Tulane Green wave come to town. Both teams have made it to the Sweet 16 level of the Tournament.
Auburn (18-14) easily handled their first two opponents, UAB and Western Kentucky, using Coach Williams-Flournoy’s trademark full court press.
However the Green wave (24-8) should be ready for Auburn’ style since they lost a regular season game to the Tigers 70-65. Tulane will be seeking some revenge for that one as the Tigers rallied from a 14 point deficit to get the victory.
“It is so hard when you play a team in November because they are so much more mature now,” Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “Right now, Tulane is probably playing their best basketball, but I think at this point in the season, teams are not changing that much. We are who we are and Tulane is who they are.”
Auburn center Peyton Davis said, Tulane was, “undefeated until they played us, so I think we all kind of realize that they’re going to come in here hot, wanting to win this game,”
But expect the Tigers to make it close as they appear to be playing their best basketball of the year; led by Terese Tanner who is averaging close to 27 points, six rebounds, three blocks and 3.5 steals.
At any rate it’s a great match up with the winner advancing to the elite eight (semifinals) against the winner of the Bowling Green – Drexel game. Tip off is at 6 p.m. CT and will be broadcast over the Auburn Radio network.
A New Era in Accessibility.
Expect to see a lot more of the Auburn football team this spring. While former coach Gene Chizik preferred keeping a lid on practices, Gus Malzahn is opening things up a bit. While we won’t be returning to the open policies of Tommy Tuberville, the media will have a half hour a day to watch practice. Unfortunately, fans will still be locked out when things get started Wednesday.
Malzahn also plans to make coaches and players more accessible after practice. Auburn will practice 14 times before closing things out on A-Day April 20th…
I don’t know about you, but sentencing for Harvey Updyke last week was somewhat anti-climatic. The Toomer’s Tree killer was given a three year prison sentence, but in reality will only serve another six months. He’ll be placed on five years probation and will be prohibited from attending any college sporting events or speaking with the media. He’ll have a nightly curfew of 7 p.m. I say there’s no way he goes five years without violating parole. I predict at least two additional visits to the big house in the coming years…
Watching all the upsets by these small schools in March Madness makes you wonder why programs like Auburn and Georgia can’t compete. These small programs don’t have the shoe contracts or recruiting budgets of schools in the SEC, yet find a way to compete. As long as I’ve watched Auburn basketball, I’ve never been able to figure it out…
While some still believe this Auburn baseball team has a chance to be good, starting off 0-6 in conference makes you really question that logic. Then again, opening against the second and third ranked teams in the country is no easy task. You have to believe a good team would at least grab one win. Losing both series to Vanderbilt and LSU was maybe expected, get swept six straight was certainly not.
I’ll hold off passing judgement on this team for a few weeks, before putting them in the basket with football and basketball. It’s a big hole to overcome, but all is not lost – yet…
We saw this coming from 10 miles away. The Toomer’s Oaks slated to come down in a few weeks will quickly be converted to souvenirs. However, if you were hoping to buy a big slab of wood with Toomer’s written on it, you’re out of luck. Because of licensing issues, they’ll be called Auburn Oaks. Nobody loves the tradition of rolling those trees more than me, but without the Toomer’ name on them, the appeal is just not there. I’ll pass…
Word is, Auburn will be putting up power lines along Toomer’s Corner next season for fans to roll. There won’t actually be power running to them like the old days, but it will take the tradition back to where it started. Before fans turned to the oaks, they rolled the power lines situated on the corner. It may be four years before the soil is suitable for planting on the site. All in all, this is probably the best short term solution…
Despite them being our hated rival, you hate to see Alabama athletic director Mal Moore exit like he did. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone on either side of the rivalry that had a bad word to say about him. He’s had some tough personal battles in recent years. I hope he finds peace in retirement…
Terri-Williams Flournoy is taking her Tigers to the postseason in her first year.
The Auburn Women’s Basketball Team has been selected to the WNIT. The selection committee made the announcement Monday night. It will be the Tigers 22nd trip to the post season and the fourth appearance all-time in the WNIT.
It also marks the first appearance for Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy as the coach of the Tigers. Overall, it’s her fifth postseason appearance in nine seasons as a head coach and her second WNIT appearance. She led Georgetown to the NCAA Tournament in 2010, 2011
“We are really looking forward to playing in the WNIT,” said Williams-Flournoy. “Making the postseason in our first season here at Auburn was a goal of ours and this will be a great experience for our players as we continue to build this program back to where it should be.
“You cannot simulate the tournament atmosphere and what it means to play for a championship and we are excited that our young ladies will have that opportunity.”
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT, Wednesday. Tickets for the game are available and are $10 for Reserved (Risers A, B, & C and Sections 101-104), $7 for General Admission and $5 for Students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.AUBTix.com, by phone at 1-855-AUB-2010 and in person at the Auburn Arena ticket box office.
Those that can make it, need to come out and support our Tigers at the Arena Wednesday.
Lets go Tigers!
UPDATE: Auburn beats UAB 80-57, and will advance to play the winner of East Carolina-Western Kentucky in the second round.
Reflecting on another stellar week of Auburn Athletics, I sat with a group of friends this weekend and tried to put into prospective how bad the situation is on the Plains. In case you missed it, and I pray that you did, Auburn was swept in a three game series by Vanderbilt at Plainsman Park.
On Friday, athletic director Jay Jacobs gave a vote of confidence to embattled basketball coach Tony Barbee. Coming off the worst season in Auburn history, and you know it’s monumental when you say that, Jacobs has pledged to assist Barbee in the rebuilding process.
“Coach Barbee and I will continue to work together to support our basketball program at the highest level so we can give our fans the kind of program they expect and deserve,” said Jacobs.
I don’t know about you, but I feel 100% better knowing that Jay is rolling up his sleeves and going to work on behalf of Auburn people everywhere. Meanwhile, Auburn president Jay Gogue was seen Friday walking on campus whistling Zippity Doo Dah.
Vanderbilt has long been the gold standard for futility in the SEC. As my friends discovered over a few cold beers this weekend, that’s no longer the case. Here are a few sobering stats to get you thinking:
- Auburn now stands 3-27 in the SEC this academic school year in football, basketball and baseball. With Auburn traveling to Baton Rouge on Friday, it stands to get worse.
- The Tigers have lost eight consecutive basketball games to Vanderbilt.
- Auburn baseball has lost five of the last six games against the Commodores. Granted, Vandy is a top five team, but that begs the question, ‘Why not Auburn?’
- Auburn has been outscored by Georgia and Alabama 146-21 over the last two seasons in football.
- The Tigers have not scored an offensive touchdown against Bama since Phillip Lutzenkirchen did his dance in the end-zone of Bryant Denny Stadium in 2010.
These were just a few depressing nuggets that Miller Lite pulled out of us on a warm spring night. We decided to stop there in case anyone became suicidal. After all, we had one friend whose wife just left him. But rightfully so, he was more depressed about the situation at Auburn.
I promise I’ll stop beating this dead horse at some point. I know it’s depressing to read this stuff on a Monday. I’m just stunned that Auburn people with deep pockets seem not to care.
It’s like they’ve double-downed on Gus Malzahn and pray that he makes everything right for all sports. The apathy is disturbing. Most everyone seems optimistic about football, but any success this fall will only mask the bigger issues taking place in the athletic department.
I’ll ask again, “Does anyone care?”
Much has been made about the contract Auburn has with Under Armour and the impact it has on the basketball program. Many argue that because Nike essentially controls AAU basketball and prevents coaches not wearing their brand from attending its sponsored basketball camps, schools like Auburn have a huge disadvantage.
It’s a logical argument. It also begs the question why the Auburn Athletic Department would enter into an agreement with an apparel company that would threaten the success of its second biggest revenue sport.
There’s nothing wrong with Under Armour from a consumer standpoint outside the prices. They have a great reputation with football and have really streamlined the look of the Auburn uniform.
But when Nike controls the high school and college basketball universe, why would you built a $100 million arena and then make it near impossible for your team to compete?
Don’t misunderstand; Auburn’s failures on the court this season are not Under Armour’s fault. Even if Auburn could recruit top talent, Tony Barbee would run them off. But moving forward, Auburn’s relationship with the Maryland based company could be a real hindrance in not only landing great talent, but also finding a good coach…
Is tonight Tony Barbee’s last one as Auburn coach? While athletic director Jay Jacobs has been mum on the issue, those close to him believe Barbee will be given a fourth year.
Auburn (9-22, 3-15) takes on 11th-seeded Texas A&M at 9 p.m. in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Nashville. The Tigers have lost 15 of its last 16 contests, but nine of those losses have by been by 10 points or less. Despite the long odds, Auburn players believe they have a chance.
“It’s been worse than what the numbers indicate for us,” Frankie Sullivan said. “Nobody wants to be in last place, but it is what it is, it’s the cards we’ve been dealt with, now we’ve got to go into the SEC Tournament and play our hearts out.”…
Yesterday was a tough one for a couple of former Auburn players. Will Herring parted ways with the New Orleans Saints after refusing to take a pay cut for the 2013 season. Releasing Herring saved the Saints $1.5 million in salary cap money.
In something of a surprise, Karlos Dansby was released by the Miami Dolphins yesterday, just three years after signing a five-year, $42.5 million contract. He was due a $6.2 million pay day this year…
In case you were wondering, Auburn kicks off the football season 170 days from now. Students are on break this week. Spring practice starts in two weeks. Maybe it’s the first appearance of warm weather, but I’m pretty excited about this year’s football team.
No one expects Auburn to compete for a title this season, but it will lay the foundation for all of Gus Malzahn’s teams to follow. Like 1981 and 1999, there’s always excitement in watching the ground floor go up.