Coach Joe Ciampi's club will be looking to shake off the cobwebs following an eight day layoff since pounding Mercer 97-59. FSU's last outing was a day later when the Seminoles, who are ranked in the CNN/USA Today poll, blitzed Central Florida 78-42.
In its last game, Auburn received strong play from the bench, which sparked a 30-4 run in the first half to put the Mercer Bears into early hibernation. Ciampi is expected to take advantage of his team's depth against the Seminoles, who are led by 6-0 sophomore forward Tasheika Morris (16.6 points and 4.9 rebounds). Originally a Tennessee signee out of Butler High in Huntsville, she transferred to FSU. The Seminoles also feature 5-9 junior guard Shinikki Whiting (16.1 points, 6.0 rebounds) and 5-10 senior guard April Traylor (15.9 points, 4.4 rebounds).
Sophomore center Tia Miller, sophomore forward Le'Coe Willingham and senior point guard Carol Smith are Auburn's statistical leaders. Miller is averaging 12.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds. Willingham is averaging 11.3 points and eight rebounds. Smith is making a successful transition from the two guard spot to the point. She is averaging 10.4 points and four assists.
A trio of freshmen stepped forward with strong games off the bench vs. Mercer. Natasha Brackett contributed 14 points and eight rebounds, Nicole Louden scored 13 points and Ezria Parsons added 11 points.