Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women’s basketball team’s quest for AU’s second WNIT championship will continue on Saturday with the Tigers playing host to Drexel at Auburn Arena.
Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CDT in the quarter-finals of the 64-team event. Drexel advanced to round four of the tournament with a 50-47 road victory at Bowling Green on Thursday night.
Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy’s Tigers will bring a 19-14 record into the contest while Drexel, which plays in the Colonial Athletic Association, is 25-10.
The Dragons opened the WNIT with a 59-50 victory vs. Iona before defeating Harvard 82-72. Drexel has never played Auburn in women’s basketball.
Auburn opened the tournament with an 80-57 victory over UAB followed by wins over Western Kentucky (84-66) and Tulane (72-52). Each of those victories was at the Auburn Arena.
The Tigers need to win three more times to win the WNIT title, something Auburn did in 2003 under Coach Joe Ciampi. Senior forward Blanche Alverson said that is the team’s goal.
“We want our last game to be a win,” the forward stated. “Not many people can say that. That’s my goal. I want to play my last college game and I want it to be a win. We’re looking to do that and just keep on moving forward.”
Tickets are $10 for reserved seats, $7 for general admission and $5 for students. The first 200 AU students with an Auburn Ignited card will be admitted free as guests of Coach Williams-Flournoy, who has purchased those tickets.
Junior guard Tyrese Tanner has sparked Auburn's run in the tournament, averaging 25.3 points per contest.
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