Auburn Women’s Basketball Gaining National Recognition
Katie Frerking was named the SEC Player Of The Week for her double-double play against Florida. (photo: auburntigers.com)
“We were getting out to shooters, and we were just flying all over the floor. When we are flying all over the floor, it is hard to get any balls past us,” said Auburn Basketball Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy after her Tigers defeated No. 16 Florida 80-58.
The Tigers are on a five-game winning streak and playing their best ball of the season. Sunday’s impressive win moved them into a tie for third place in the SEC standings.
It was the first time since 2010 that the Tigers (18-8, 8-5) have completed a second win over a nationally ranked opponent. And the national pollsters are taking notice as the Auburn women are receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Tigers received nine votes in the poll after their dominating victory over the Gators. In addition, today ESPN projected the Tigers to be an NCAA Tournament team.
On Sunday Florida (19 -7, 7 -5) jumped out to an early 15-5 lead, but Auburn rallied back to take a 48-43 lead at the half. The Gators battled, swapping the lead 16 times, but the Tigers clamped down in the final quarter defensively, holding a team that had been averaging 80.5 points a game to a 42.3 percent shooting average. The Tigers only committed 10 turnovers while forcing 21 and held the Gators to 15 points in the second half.
“That was the game right there,” Williams-Flournoy said. “We were scoring. Our offensive game was at its best, but I told them at halftime that we had given up 43 points, and we needed to do a better job defensively.”
Four Tigers were in double digits, and Katie Frerking led Auburn again with her second career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Katie was named SEC Player of the Week today for her performance.
With just three games remaining, the Tigers have an excellent chance to move into second place in the conference. Auburn plays again Sunday at home against Missouri, then hosts Texas A&M next Thursday before closing on the road against the Gators February 28th.
If you haven’t been able to watch Auburn live, there’s only two chances left to catch the Tigers in action. So if you’re in the Auburn area, why not come out and support the streaking Tigers as they make their final push toward SEC Tournament play?
War Eagle, Ladies!