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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Women's Basketball: Passion

In April of 2012, Jay Jacobs, who is Auburn University's Athletic Director, hired a proven winner to lead the Women's basketball program. Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy was tasked to restore Auburn to prominence nationally.

Coach Flo started strong at AU with back to back 19 win seasons. This season they have come out of the gate with a 7-2 record. 

Next up for the Tigers is a trip to New York and the St. John's Chartwells Holiday Classic. The tournament can be seen on ESPN3.  Then it's off to sunny Miami, Florida for the FIU Fun-N-Sun Classic. Coach Flo is 13-1 in December according to the official AU Athletics web site.

Coach Flo's team is passing the ball really well this season, and getting better scoring opportunities. Watching the highlight videos, you can see a squad that shares the ball, and is attacking on defense. That style of defense in known as "Club Press" and is best described here:

"CLUB PRESS: Auburn's high-pressure, full-court defense under coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, refered to by the players as "Club Press," has ranked as one of the best ever at Auburn over the last two seasons. In 2012-13, Auburn's 402 steals set a new school record for a single season while the 701 turnovers forced went down as second all-time on The Plains. In 2013-14, the Tigers forced 659 opponent turnovers while recording 354 steals, remaining a major force on defense in the Southeastern Conference."

SCORING  617  481 
   Points per game  68.6  53.4 
   Scoring margin  +15.1 
FIELD GOALS-ATT  252-558  168-474 
   Field goal pct  .452  .354 
3 POINT FG-ATT  39-119  51-178 
   3-point FG pct  .328  .287 
   3-pt FG made per game  4.3  5.7 
FREE THROWS-ATT  74-135  94-141 
   Free throw pct  .548  .667 
   F-Throws made per game  8.2  10.4 
REBOUNDS  344  317 
   Rebounds per game  38.2  35.2 
   Rebounding margin  +3.0 
ASSISTS  159  86 
   Assists per game  17.7  9.6 
TURNOVERS  140  200 
   Turnovers per game  15.6  22.2 
   Turnover margin  +6.7 
   Assist/turnover ratio  1.1  0.4 
STEALS  121  81 
   Steals per game  13.4  9.0 
BLOCKS  30  22 
   Blocks per game  3.3  2.4 

This team has not received a lot of media attention since the Bruce Pearl hire, although the splash they are capable of making in post season will get noticed. Look for these Ladies to make some real noise come tournament time in March. 

War Eagle!
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