Auburn, Ala.--Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy’s first Auburn women’s basketball team has received an invitation to play in the WNIT and her Tigers will take on UAB in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday at Auburn Arena.
Game time for the contest vs. 18-12 UAB is 6 p.m. CST. Auburn has an all-time record of 29-4 in women's basketball games vs. the Blazers.
“We are really looking forward to playing in the WNIT,” Williams-Flournoy said. “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,” Williams-Flournoy added.
The Tigers, who have 16-14 record, are one of four SEC teams in the 64-team field along with Arkansas, Missouri and Florida. This will be the fourth appearance for the Tigers in this tournament with the last one coming in 2011 with the Tigers advancing to the second round under Coach Nell Fortner.
Auburn’s first WNIT appearance was in 2003 when Coach Joe Ciampi’s team won the championship. The Tigers have an all-time record of 8-2 in WNIT games and are 1-0 vs. UAB in WNIT appearances.
The Tigers feature three players scoring in double figures. Sophomore guard Hasina Muhammad is averaging 14.3 points per game, junior guard Tyrese Tanner is at 12.9 per contest and senior forward Blanche Alverson is averaging 12.8 points.
Blanche Alverson shoots for the Tigers.
Alverson is Auburn’s top rebounder with 6.0 per game and has made 58 of Auburn’s 104 three-pointers. Junior center Peyton Davis is averaging five rebounds per contest.
Senior point guard Jet Ouardad is averaging 5.9 assists per contest.
The Tigers are averaging 65.6 points per contest and giving up 61.3 points per game. A key to Auburn’s defensive success has been full-court pressure, which is forcing an average of 21 turnovers per contest.
“It is exciting to be able to open the WNIT at Auburn Arena because it is a place we have had so much success this year,” said Williams-Flournoy. “We have had great fan support all year long and that played a big part in our 12-3 record at home.
"We need our fans to get their tickets and come back out because we need an electric atmosphere for some postseason play in Auburn Arena,” the coach added.
This is the fourth consecutive year Williams-Flournoy has led a team into postseason play. Her last three Georgetown teams appeared in the NCAA Tournament and her 2009 team reached the WNIT quarter-finals.
Auburn defeated UAB 74-60 at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum in the 2007 WNIT. The last time the two teams played was the following season with the Tigers winning 91-62 in Birmingham.
Second round WNIT games will be played at sites around the country beginning on Saturday. Round three games are scheduled for March 27-29, the quarterfinals are March 30-April 1, the semi-finals are April 3-4 and the title game is set for April 6th.
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