Tigers Play Host to ODU In WNIT Round Two

The Auburn women's basketball team can match last season's victory total with one more win as they take on Old Dominion on Monday.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball team will be back on its homecourt Monday evening as the Tigers take on Old Dominion in a round two contest in the WNIT.

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CDT at Auburn Arena as Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy's Tigers bring an 18-14 record into the contest vs. and Old Dominion team out of Conference USA that has an 18-15 record.

"They are a very athletic team with a very good player in Shae Kelley," Williams-Flournoy says. "She can just flat out score. She's just a good player inside and outside. She can do a little bit of everything. Her style reminds me a little bit of Tyrese Tanner."

Kelley, a 6-1 junior forward, scored 22 points and pulled in 13 rebounds in ODU's 68-60 homecourt victory over Navy in the opening round of the WNIT.

That same night Auburn defeated Furman 78-64 Tyrese Tanner and her sister Tra'Cee led the Tigers with 17 points apiece in their opening round WNIT victory in Auburn.

"I think we'll be prepared," Williams-Flournoy said of her team. "This time of year there's not a whole lot you go about changing. We are going to play the way we play, press the way we press."

Commenting on what she expects from the Lady Monarchs, the Auburn coach said, "They will get up and down in transition. They mix it up defensively. They will play some man, some zone. I think they will play us more zone. They aren't that tall inside so I think they will pack it in a little bit to keep Tra'Cee under control."

Tra'Cee Tanner is averaging 10.7 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds. Her sister Tyrese leads the Tigers in scoring average at 17.0 per contest.

Auburn leads the series 3-2 The only previous postseason meeting was a 77-61 victory for the Tigers in 1987 NCAA Tournament.

ODU is coached by Karen Barefoot, who played against Auburn's coach when they were high school players in Virginia.

With a victory the Tigers will match their victory total of 19 from Williams-Flournoy's first season at Auburn. The 2012-13 Tigers won three WNIT games before losing to eventual champion Drexel in the quarter-finals.


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