Auburn hosts Charleston Southern for Friday matinee

AUBURN, Ala. – It’s another quick turnaround for the Auburn women’s basketball team as they host Charleston Southern at noon CT Friday at Auburn Arena.
 
The Tigers (2-3), less than 48 hours removed from a trip to Little Rock, will look to shake off a tough loss to the Trojans as they begin a four-game home stand that spans the next three weeks. Charleston Southern (0-3) last played Saturday at Western Carolina, falling 74-48.
 
Tickets are available at the arena box office on gameday, or by visiting AUBTix.com or calling 855-282-2010.
 
PARKING INFO: Due to Saturday’s football game, parking is not available in the Coliseum, CDV or Extension loop lots. Fans are encouraged to park in the Campus Safety lot off Wire Road and Donahue Drive, which is the most easily accessible lot to the main arena entrance. Accessible parking is available in the Auburn Arena lot (limited spaces available) in addition to the Campus Safety lots. Additional free parking is available in the Arena lot, Stadium Deck, and Athletics Complex Deck.
 
ON THE AIR
››           Brit Bowen will have the radio call on WTGZ 95.9 FM beginning at 11:45 a.m. The broadcast can also be heard on AuburnTigers.com and the Auburn Athletics mobile app.
››           The game can be seen on SEC Network +, available via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app for mobile devices and smart TVs.
 
LAST TIME OUT
››           The Auburn women’s basketball team was unable to climb out of an early hole Wednesday afternoon at Little Rock, falling to the Trojans 57-49 at the Jack Stephens Center.
››           The Tigers (2-3) trailed nearly from start to finish, cutting the deficit from double-digits to as little as one point, but could never get over the hump as Little Rock (4-1) had an answer every time.
››           Sania Wells led Auburn with 11 points and Aicha Coulibaly added 10, but buckets were hard to come by for the Tigers as Auburn shot 32.2 percent (19-59) from the field. Honesty Scott-Grayson was Auburn’s leading rebounder with seven, but early foul trouble limited her offensive output and she finished with six points.
››           Auburn out-rebounded Little Rock 39-36 and converted 16 Trojan turnovers into 20 points, but the Trojans shot 45.8 percent from the field and were 3-of-9 from 3-point range.
 
AN AUBURN WIN WOULD…
››           Move the Tigers back to .500 for the season.
››           Be the 100th women’s basketball win in Auburn Arena.
 
AUBURN-CHARLESTON SOUTHERN SERIES
››           This is the fourth meeting between Auburn and Charleston Southern in women’s basketball. The Tigers have won the three previous meetings.
 
SCOUTING CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
››           Charleston Southern is 0-3 on the season with losses to Alabama, George Mason and Western Carolina so far.
››           The Buccaneers average 45.0 points per game and are giving up 82.3 per contest. The Bucs shoot 29.2% from the floor.
››           Tori Gittens is the Bucs’ leading scorer with 11.0 points per game, and Sha’Mya Leigh averages 10.0 per contest. Skylar Baltezegar is CSU’s top rebounder at 8.5/game.
 
WELCOME BACK
››           Charleston Southern head coach Clarisse Garcia makes her return to Auburn Arena, where she served as an assistant coach for the Tigers from 2017-21.
 
SCOUTING AUBURN
››           Auburn is 2-3 after falling at Little Rock 57-49 Wedneday afternoon.
››           The Tigers return 3 starters and 9 letterwinners from its 2020-21 team that finished 5-19 overall, 0-15 in SEC play.
››           Redshirt junior Honesty Scott-Grayson is averaging 13.2 points and 8.2 rebounds through five games this year, and she has recorded two double-doubles. She is the Tigers’ leading returner from 2020-21 in most statistical categories: scoring (14.5 ppg), rebounding (4.1 rpg), assists (1.7 apg), steals (2.1 APG) and shooting (.406 FG/.301 3FG/.761 FT).
››           Junior Sania Wells and sophomore Aicha Coulibaly are expected to have a major impact on the Tigers in 2021-22. Wells will return to her natural position of point guard; she averaged 3.3 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists last season. Coulibaly averaged 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds as a freshman.
››           Wells leads the Tigers in assists (3.0) and is third in scoring (11.4) through four games. Coulibaly is the team’s second-leading rebounder with 8.0 per game and the team’s second-leading scorer with 12.4/game.
››           Junior Annie Hughes and redshirt senior Kiyae’ White look to be a part of the Tigers’ regular rotation as well. Hughes is the only Tiger to appear in every game each of the last two seasons; she averaged 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 20-21. White missed all but one game last season, but as a redshirt sophomore in 2019-20, she averaged 4.0 points and 4.8 rebounds.
››           The Tigers will be without sophomore Romi Levy for the 2021-22 season after she suffered a torn ACL in practice just before the start of the season.
››           Transfers Xaria Wiggins and Paris Mullins look to provide depth off the bench for the Tigers, along with freshmen Amoura Graves and Mar’Shaun Bostic. Redshirt sophomore walk-on Adaora Onwumelu made her collegiate debut at Old Dominion with five rebounds in seven minutes.
 
UP NEXT
››           Auburn will continue a four-game home stand on Tuesday, Nov. 30, as the Tigers host North Florida. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT at Auburn Arena.
 

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