Furman Visiting Auburn for WNIT Opener

The Auburn women's basketball team will try to earn an 18th victory on Thursday night.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball Tigers will look to extend their season as they open WNIT play with a 6 p.m. CST home game on Thursday vs. Furman.

Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy's Tigers will take a 17-14 record into the contest as they look to bounce back from a disappointing third round loss in the SEC Tournament.

Furman brings an 18-12 record into the contest as the runnerup of the Southern Conference.

Auburn's coach has 6-2 all-time record in WNIT games, including a 3-1 mark last year as the Tigers advanced to the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champion Drexel.

Williams-Flournoy noted that the postseason experience can be good for her team's six freshmen, but added that she still plans to rely on her veteran players like All-SEC senior Tyrese Tanner. "We are trying to win a championship," she said. "You think I'm going to put Tyrese Tanner down? Absolutely not (laughing).

"They (freshmen) will come along," she added. "The thing is we have had a lot of young kids playing thus far anyway so it's just even better and more experience for them."

Auburn's last experience in a game situation was not a pleasant one. The Tigers were walloped 86-54 by a hot-shooting Texas A&M team.

"As coaches we'll look at it and figure out what things we did wrong, what we needed to fix," Williams-Flournoy said. "Honestly, it wasn't anything that we can say we just flat out did that bad. I thought Texas A&M was just better than us. And, sometimes, you've just got to face up--a team's better than you.

"There is no way we should have gotten beat by as many points as we got beat by, but as a young team it's hard for them to not look at the clock and not put their heads down when you're getting beat by so much," she added.

Auburn is 11-3 overall in WNIT appearances and is 5-0 all-time in games vs. Furman.


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