AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn women’s basketball team will complete a four-game season-opening home game Sunday afternoon as the state of Alabama makes the short drive up I-85. Tip is set for 2:00pm CT at Neville Arena.
The Tigers (2-1) are looking to recover after falling 57-51 at home to Georgia Tech on Wednesday night. Alabama State (0-3) dropped an 81-46 contest on the road in Mississippi State Friday night. The teams met in Auburn last year, with the Tigers earning a 74-45 win for the coach Johnnie Harris‘ First win as head coach.
Tickets are available at the arena ticket office, online at AUBTix.com, and by calling 855-282-2010.
IN THE AIR
›› Brit Bowen and Larry DiChiara will conduct the radio call beginning at 1:45 pm CT on WTGZ 93.9 FM in Auburn. The show can also be heard on AuburnTigers.com and the official Auburn Athletics app.
›› The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+ with Auburn’s radio message. SEC Network+ is available through WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
›› Auburn turned a 15-point deficit in the first half into a fourth-quarter lead, but the Tigers couldn’t complete the comeback with a 57-51 loss to Georgia Tech at Neville Arena on Thursday night.
›› The Tigers (2-1) struggled to score early, allowing the Yellow Jackets (3-0) to build a cushion early on. Auburn broke late in the second and third quarters and advanced briefly midway through the fourth quarter, but Tech used a 10-2 run from there to stymie the comeback.
›› Aicha Coulibaly and Honesty Scott Grayson led Auburn by 11 points each. student in the first year Mya Pratcher came off the bench to grab 10 team-leading rebounds and finished with six points. student in the first year Kaitlyn Duhon also contributed six points. Coulibaly led Auburn with four assists and four steals.
›› It was a tough shooting night for the Tigers, who missed 17 of their first 18 shots and posted a season-low 26.3% (20-76), including just 2 of 19 from 3-point range. But the Tigers crashed the boards and won the rebound fight for the first time this season, 51-39. Auburn converted 29 offensive rebounds into 22 second chance points and they forced Tech into 22 turnovers that gave the Tigers 14 points.
AN AUBURN WIN WOULD…
›› Improve the Tigers to an all-time 21-0 lead against Alabama State.
›› Give Auburn a 3-1 start for the fourth time in five seasons.
AUBURN ALABAMA STATE SERIES
›› This is the 21st meeting between Auburn and the state of Alabama. The Tigers have won the last 20 meetings between teams.
LAST MEETING: November 16, 2021 in Auburn
Auburn 74, Alabama 45
›› Honesty Scott Grayson recorded her second straight double-double, Kiyae’ White posted a career-high scoring, and Auburn gave coaches Johnnie Harris her first win as a head coach with a 74-45 win over Alabama State.
›› The Tigers held a double-digit lead for most of the game and pulled away late, ending the game on a 13-0 run and beating Alabama State 24-7 in the last third.
›› Scott-Grayson led all scorers with 21 points and had a game-best 10 rebounds for her second double-double in as many games, also the second of her career. White scored 15 points to set a career high and contributed seven rebounds and three steals.
›› Aicha Coulibaly She narrowly missed her second straight double-double with a 9-point 9-rebound night that also included five steals as the team leader. Annie Hughes added nine points and six rebounds and Sanja Wells scored eight points with a career-high seven assists. Coulibaly, White and Jala Jordan each had two blocks.
SCOUTING ALABAMA STATE
›› State of Alabama is 3-0 at the start of the season after three absences; two of their three setbacks were suffered by SEC opponents in Georgia and Mississippi.
›› The Hornets were selected for second place in the SWAC behind Jackson State. ASU went 15-15, 12-6 in SWAC play last year and finished third in the conference.
›› Ayana Emmanuel, Shmya Ward and Jayla Crawford were selected to the pre-season All-SWAC team. Emmanuel leads the ASU with 11.3 ppg; Crawford averages 10.7 ppg.
›› Auburn is 2-1 after back-to-back wins against Sam Houston and South Alabama and a hard-fought loss to Georgia Tech.
›› Auburn brings back 3 starters and 8 letterwinners from the 2021-22 team that finished 10-18 overall and 2-14 in SEC play, doubling their overall wins from the previous season. The Tigers picked up three wins against top-25 opponents last season, defeating No. 4 Tennessee, No. 18 Georgia Tech and No. 21 Georgia.
>> jr Aicha Coulibaly was a preseason All-SEC second-team selection after receiving a postseason All-SEC second-team nod the previous season. She is Auburn’s leading returnee in scoring (17.1 ppg), rebounds (7.5 rpg), and steals (2.2 ppg). Last season, she placed ninth in the SEC. She scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds in the season opener against Sam Houston for her sixth career double-double and leads the Tigers with 18.0 points/game.
›› Redshirt senior Honesty Scott Grayson returns for her third season on the court for Auburn. She was second on the team last year with 13.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and started in 27 of 28 games. She had 12 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds in the opener.
>> Senior Sanja Wells was the SEC’s leading free throw taker in 2021-22, hitting 90.5% of her attempts (76-84). That percentage ranked sixth in the nation. Wells was Auburn’s third-best scorer with 9.1 points per game and led the Tigers with 2.6 assists/game. Wells is 5-5 on the line so far this season.
›› Redshirt sophomore Romi Levy returns to action after missing the 2021-22 season with a cruciate ligament rupture. As a freshman in 2020-21, she averaged 5.4 points and 3.9 rebounds and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. She made her regular season debut on November 16 against Georgia Tech after missing the first two games due to illness.
›› Auburn’s newcomers will try to make an immediate impression. newcomers Sydney Shaw, Kaitlyn Duhon and Kharysa Richardson were all on the starting grid opening night. All were highly rated recruits who helped form the Tigers’ top-25 league last fall. student in the first year Mya Pratcher and jr Jakayla Johnson also try to play important minutes.
›› Auburn is making its debut this season in the Las Vegas Invitational, which will be held Friday through Saturday at The Mirage in Las Vegas. The Tigers meet No. 12 Indiana at 7:45 pm CT on Friday and then meet Colorado State at 5:30 pm CT on Saturday.