AUBURN, Ala. – After a nearly two-week break from basketball, the Auburn women’s squad is ready to kick off the Southeast Conference game on Sunday afternoon with a rivalry match in Alabama. Game time is 16:00 CT at the Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa.
The Tigers (8-3) enter the SEC game after winning their last six games, the last being a 66-54 victory over Kennesaw State at home on December 20th. After the health and safety protocols forced the postponement of the planned opening of the Auburn SEC against. Kentucky, it will be 13 days since the Tigers last spoke at game time on Sunday.
Auburn enters league game with SEC third leading scorer in second year Aicha Kulibaly, which has an average of 18.3 points / game. She has scored 20-plus in five of her last six games, including a 23-point day and 11 rebounds against Kennesaw State in the Tigers’ last game.
Alabama (9-3, 0-1 SEC) opened the SEC game Thursday at No. 7 in Tennessee, pushing Lady Vols for three quarters before UT pulled back for a 62-44 victory in Knoxville. Tide had a long break from their job before playing UT; Their last two pre-holiday games were canceled and they had not played since December 13th.
IN THE AIR
›› Brit Bowen and Larry DiChiara will have a radio call from the Coleman Coliseum starting at 15:45 CT on WQSI 93.9 FM in Auburn. The broadcast can also be heard on AuburnTigers.com and the Auburn Athletics mobile app.
Sunday’s game will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Sam Gore and Tamika Catchings calling for action.
COME OUT LAST TIME
›› Aicha Kulibaly won its second double of the season to lead the three-figure Two Tigers as Auburn beat Kennesaw State 66-54 to end the non-conference game.
›› The Tigers (8-3) held a six-game winning streak over the holiday season, and the start of the SEC game after a strong defensive effort for most of the three quarters helped Auburn build a huge lead. Kennesaw State (4-7) rallied late and reduced its deficit by 26 points to single digits, but five points in a row from Jala Jordan and a 3-point dagger from Annie Hughes put the game out of reach.
›› Coulibaly finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, her fifth time in the last six games to cross the 20-point mark. She also had three assists and a pair of steals along with a 3-point crash.
›› Jordan had her second big appearance in a row with 17 points and six rebounds from the bench; she also went 5-6 on the free-kick line on a day when Auburn fought on the bar. Sania Wells came back after losing Saturday’s game to Grambling to mark a day with 11 points, three steals. Hughes recorded 7 career assists, playing all 40 minutes for the third time this season.
AN AUBURN WIN WILL …
›› Give Auburn a seven-game winning streak for the first time since the 2018-19 season, when Auburn won nine straight times from November 25 to December. 29.
›› Give the Tigers a win at a SEC opening for the first time since the 2017-18 season.
›› Be a coach Johnnie HarrisThe first victory of the SEC.
›› Make a four-game losing streak with Alabama.
›› Be Auburn’s first win in Tuscaloosa since the 2018-19 season.
›› Be Auburn’s first SEC victory since February 25, 2020, in Missouri.
›› This is the 96th meeting between Auburn and Alabama in women’s basketball, the first of two competitions scheduled this season. It is the second most played women’s basketball series in the SEC, after only Ole Miss-Misissippi State.
›› Auburn is 53-42 all-time against Alabama, but Crimson Tide leads 25-18 in games played in Tuscaloosa. Alabama has won the last four meetings.
FINAL MEETING: February 14, 2021, in Auburn
Alabama 92, Auburn 78
›› A 49 points combined by Thompson unique AND Honesty Scott-Grayson were part of Auburn’s best attacking night of the SEC game, but Alabama’s outdoor play was superfluous in Auburn’s 92-78 loss to the Auburn Arena on Sunday.
›› The Tigers shot 50.8 percent from the field and had seven low rebounds per season, but Alabama – led by 41-pointers senior Jasmine Walker – hit 15 three points and checked the glass to win their second win over Auburn this season.
›› Scott-Grayson led Auburn by 25 points, giving her 55 combined points in her last two home games after a 30-point effort against Missouri. Thompson added 24 points in 12 of 18 shots, along with six high rebounds for the team.
›› Beginners Aicha Kulibaly also contributed 13 points in the top season in 5-by-8 shots; was her second two-digit SEC game.
›› Alabama is 9-3 overall, 0-1 in the SEC game. The Crimson Tide played their first game in nearly three weeks Thursday night in Tennessee, falling 62-44 from Lady Vols ranked 7th.
›› Alabama averages 75.7 points / game while keeping opponents at 54.3. Tide are the SEC’s best free kick team with 73.1% and also scored 7.7 pik 3 points per game, the third best in the SEC.
›› Brittany Davis is Alabama’s top scorer with 15.5 points / game; she also leads the Tide with 6.9 jumps / game.
›› Auburn is 8-3 and enters the SEC game in a six-match winning streak. The Tigers last played on Dec. 20, which will make Sunday’s game in Alabama their first game in 13 days.
›› With wins at No. 18 Georgia Tech on Nov. 21 and at home to Oklahoma State on Dec. 5, the Tigers have two wins over Power 5 non-conference opponents for the first time since the 2018-19 season.
›› Second student Aicha Kulibaly leads Auburn and is third in the SEC with 18.3 points / game. She is also the Tigers top scorer with and 7.9 rebounds per game. She has scored 20 points in five of the last six races, scoring 27 career points against Charleston Southern, 23 against North Florida, 25 against Oklahoma State, 24 against Belmont and 23 against Kennesaw State. For her efforts against UNF and OSU, she was named SEC Player of the Week on December 7th.
›› Red junior shirt Honesty Scott-Grayson is averaging 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in 10 games this year, and has recorded two double-doubles. She was the Tigers’ main returnee from 2020-2021 in most statistical categories: note (14.5 p. .761 FT).
›› Junior Sania Wells has returned to its natural point guard position and averages 10.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Wells is the SEC top scorer from free throws at 0.925 (37-40), who also ranks 14th nationally.
›› Junior Annie Hughes and red top blouse Kiyae ‘White have also been the main components of the initial formation. Hughes is the only Tiger to appear in every game since the start of the 2019-2020 season and heads the SEC in minutes played (34.7). White lost all but one of her games last season, but as the second red jersey student in 2019-2020, she averaged 4.0 points and 4.8 rebounds. Hughes scored 21 points and 5 3 career points against Charleston Southern on November 26th.
›› Junior Jala Jordan has been outstanding on the defensive side, leading the Tigers with 11 blocks and reducing 4.8 rebounds to 15.8 minutes / game off the bench. She recorded her first career double-double with 23 points and 10 career rebounds against Grambling on December 18th.
›› Auburn continues a two-game SEC roadmap with a trip to Missouri on Thursday, January 6th. The game schedule is 19:00 CT at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.