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Auburn women host South Alabama Thursday night

AUBURN, Ala. — It’s a quick turnaround for Auburn women’s basketball as they play their second game in three days Thursday night when South Alabama visits Neville Arena for a 7 p.m. CT tip.

Thursday’s game is the annual Beat Bama Food Drive. Fans can bring three or more non-perishable foods and receive a free general admission ticket.

The Tigers (1-0) earn a 90-76 win over Sam Houston on Tuesday night in which four players had double-digit points and Auburn had 31 points from 33 Sam Houston turnovers. South Alabama (1-0) earned an 89-45 win over Spring Hill in Monday night’s season opener in Mobile.

IN THE AIR

›› Brit Bowen and Larry DiChiara will conduct the radio call beginning at 6:45 pm CT on WQSI 93.9 FM in Auburn. The broadcast can also be heard on AuburnTigers.com and the official Auburn Tigers mobile app.
›› The game can be seen on SEC Network + with audio from the Auburn radio show. SEC Network+ is available through WatchESPN.com or the ESPN mobile and smart TV app.

LAST TIME-OUT

›› Auburn gave head coach Johnnie Harris the best birthday present possible with a 90-76 win over Sam Houston on Tuesday night to open the 2022-23 women’s basketball season at Neville Arena.
›› The Tigers (1-0) had four players in double figures and converted 33 Sam Houston turnovers into 31 points as Auburn won their home game for the 43rd time in 44 seasons.
>> jr Aicha Coulibaly lived up to her reputation as a preseason All-SEC pick with a 24-point, 10-rebound night for the sixth double-double of her career. She also contributed three assists, two steals and a block.
>> Senior citizens Honesty Scott Grayson and Sanja Wells along with newbie Sydney Shaw each finished with 12 points. Wells and Scott-Grayson shared team leadership alongside sophomore Mar’Shaun Bostic with four assists each, and Scott-Grayson had a career-high five steals.
›› Despite the slowdown in the fourth quarter, the Tigers shot 46.5 percent from the field and were at the free-throw line with 20 of 25 (80%) in a game that totaled 57 fouls. Sam Houston won the rebound fight 44-40, but the Tigers beat the Bearkats in the paint 50-24 and were also strong in the transition game with 27 points on quick breaks.

AN AUBURN WIN WOULD…

›› Give Auburn a 2-0 start for the seventh time in the last 10 years.
›› Be Auburn’s 8th straight home win without a conference.
›› Be Auburn’s 27th straight win over South Alabama, dating back to 1981.

AUBURN-SOUTH ALABAMA SERIES

›› This is the 44th meeting between Auburn and South Alabama in women’s basketball. South Alabama is Auburn’s most-played nonconference opponent; Troy and UAB are in second place with 36 games each.
›› Auburn has won 26 straight games against South Alabama since 1981 and is 20-0 at home to the Jaguars.

LAST MEETING: December 13, 2020 in Auburn
Auburn 74, South Alabama 66

›› An understaffed Auburn women’s basketball team fought back from an early double-digit deficit to earn a 74-66 win over South Alabama at Auburn Arena.
›› Led by senior Unique Thompson’s 21 points and 15 rebounds, four players had double-digit points while the Tigers led by up to 12 behind and up to 12 ahead in a game that was truly a two-half story.
›› Thompson’s double-double was her fourth of the season and 46th of her career; She has totaled 47 points and 37 rebounds in her last two games. second grader Sanja Wells added a career-high 11 points by downing three 3-pointers and two free throws that came with two assists.
Sophomore Annie Hughes also tossed in 11 points with a career-high three 3-pointers, and junior Kira Lowery added 10 points that night. student in the first year Romi Levy also had a strong performance with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

SCOUTING SOUTH ALABAMA

›› South Alabama is 1-0 after an 89-45 opening win against Spring Hill on Monday night.
›› The Jaguars were 8-18 overall last season, 2-11 in the Sun Belt game. They bring back nine players from last year’s roster and were selected for 13th place in the Sun Belt.
›› Senior Nadia Howard is USA’s top returnee in terms of goals (8.3 ppg) and Kiana Anderson is their top returnee (3.9/game).

EXPLORING AUBURN

›› Auburn is 1-0 after a season-opening win over Sam Houston on Tuesday night.
›› 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.
›› 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, 4 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 3-3 at 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.
›› 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.
>> First year student Audia Jung will miss the 2022/23 season after tearing his Achilles tendon in pre-season training.

SEE DOUBLE

>> jr Aicha Coulibaly recorded the Tigers’ first double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener against Sam Houston. It was the sixth of Coulibaly’s career.

DEFENSE THAT CREATES ATTACK

›› Auburn forced Sam Houston into 33 turnovers and converted them to 31 points in the season opener on November 8th. The 33 turnovers were the most by an Aubun opponent since the 2017-18 season, when ULM had 35.
›› Auburn is 31-0 all-time when forcing 30 or more turnovers in a game.

NEXT

›› Auburn faces its toughest test yet as Georgia Tech makes the short trip from Atlanta to Neville Arena next Wednesday, November 16. Game time is 7pm CT.

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