AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn women’s basketball team play their second of four straight home games on Tuesday night when North Florida visits Auburn Arena. Game time is 7:00 p.m. CT.
Auburn (3-3) is looking to build on the momentum of a 91-42 rout from Charleston Southern on Friday afternoon that saw Auburn’s 13 players play important minutes. In fact, every player dressed for Auburn scored and had a rebound in the game, led by a career-high 27 points from Aicha Couilbaly and 21 from Annie hugues.
North Florida (5-2) are one of the best teams in the country, averaging 84.5 points per game to place 10e nationally. The Ospreys won on the road at College of Charleston on Saturday 86-76.
Auburn and UNF met last season at Auburn Arena with the Tigers scoring a 94-81 victory; Hughes had his previous career high in that game with 17 points.
Reserved tickets are $ 8 and general admission is $ 6 for all non-conference games; tickets are available at the box office on match day or in advance by visiting AUBTix.com.
ON THE AIR
âºâº Brit Bowen and Larry DiChiara will have the radio call for Tuesday’s game; Airtime is 6:45 p.m. CT on WQSI 93.9 FM, online on AuburnTigers.com and the Auburn Athletics mobile app.
âºâº Tuesday’s game can be seen on SEC Network + with Brad law and Joe Ciampi calling for action.
âºâº Second year Auburn AÃ¯cha Coulibaly and junior Annie hugues had the career-best score as the Tigers fled Charleston Southern 91-42 on Friday afternoon at Auburn Arena.
âºâº A season-best crowd of 2,338 saw Auburn (3-3) secure 13-man production as the Tigers claimed their third win in four games.
âºâº Coulibaly scored 27 points, shattering his previous career record of 17; in fact, she had equaled her previous record at halftime. She also had nine rebounds, three steals and two assists, and she was 11 of 14 at the free throw line. Hughes, meanwhile, hit a career-high five to 3 points to score a career-high 21 points; she also shared the lead with five steals and added four rebounds and two assists.
âºâº Honesty Scott-Grayson also filled the stat sheet across the board, scoring five points but also contributing nine rebounds, six assists and five steals, as well as one block. Auburn’s 13 players scored and had a rebound in the game. The Tigers shot a season record 44.6% as a team (29-65) and scored 7 of 13 3 points (53.8%). Auburn also made 26 free throws on 35 attempts, season highs in both categories.
AN AUBURN VICTORY WOULD BE …
âºâº Move the Tigers above .500 for the first time this season.
âºâº Be Auburn’s second victory over North Florida in as many seasons.
AUBURN-NORTH FLORIDA SERIES
âºâº This is only Auburn’s second meeting with North Florida in women’s basketball. The teams met last season at Auburn Arena and the Tigers took the 94-81 victory.
LAST MEETING: December 17, 2020, in Auburn
Auburn 94, North Florida 81
âºâº Five Tigers scored in double digits as Auburn broke the 90-point mark for the second time in 2020-21 with a 94-81 victory over North Florida at Auburn Arena.
âºâº Unique Thompson led Auburn with 19 points and 18 rebounds, his sixth consecutive double-double and the 48th of his career. His 18 rebounds were the most important in a home game of his career at Auburn; she also contributed three assists and two steals.
âºâº Hughes reached a career-high 17 points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds, knocking down three to three points for the second time in three games. She also shared the lead with three interceptions.
âºâº Redshirt second year Honesty Scott-Grayson scored 16 points for the second night in a row. She also had three interceptions. First-year student Romi Levy also had a career-high 12 points with five rebounds, and Jala Jordan came just ahead of his first career double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds. Alaina Rice added nine points off the bench, his best at Auburn, and Kira lowery led the Tigers with five assists and a career-high three interceptions.
SCOUTING IN NORTHERN FLORIDA
âºâº North Florida is 5-2 this season. The Ospreys’ only two losses came to ACC opponents Florida State and Clemson.
âºâº The Ospreys are the No. 10 scoring team in the country, averaging 84.9 points / game. They are shooting 48.5% from the floor (11th NCAA) and are third nationally in assists per game (20.3).
âºâº Rhetta Moore is the Ospreys’ top scorer with 19.9 points / game, which ranks her 21st nationally. Jazz Bond is just behind her with 19.1 points / game, 35th in the country. Moore is one of the best 3-point shooters in the country – she is 8th nationally in 3 points per game (3.5) and 6th nationally in 3-point percentage (56.8%).
âºâº Auburn is 3-3 after watching all 13 players score in a 91-42 win over Charleston Southern on Friday afternoon at home.
âºâº The Tigers return 3 starters and 9 letter winners from their 2020-21 team which finished 5-19 overall, 0-15 in the SEC game.
âºâº Junior redshirt Honesty Scott-Grayson is averaging 11.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in six games this year, and she’s recorded two double-doubles. She is the Tigers’ top raiser of 2020-21 in most statistical categories: scoring (14.5 points per game), rebounds (4.1 rpg), assists (1.7 apg), steals (2.1 APG) and shot (0.406 FG / .301 3FG / .761 feet).
âºâº Junior Sania Wells and second AÃ¯cha Coulibaly are expected to have a major impact on the Tigers in 2021-2022. Wells will return to his natural position as a playmaker; she averaged 3.3 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists last season. Coulibaly averaged 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in the first year.
âºâº Wells leads the Tigers in assists (2.7) and is the third scorer (10.0) in six games. Coulibaly is the team’s second-best rebounder at 8.2 per game and the team’s top scorer at 14.8 / game; she had a career-high 27 points against Charleston Southern.
âºâº Junior Annie hugues and senior redshirt Kiyae ‘White appear to be part of the Tigers’ regular rotation as well. Hughes is the only Tiger to appear in every game in each of the past two seasons; she averaged 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 20-21. White missed every game except one last season, but as a red-shirt sophomore in 2019-20, she averaged 4.0 points and 4.8 rebounds. Hughes scored a career-high 21 points and scored 5 to 3 points against Charleston Southern on November 26.
âºâº The Tigers will be without a second Romi Levy for the 2021-22 season after suffering an ACL tear in training just before the start of the season.
âºâº Transfers Xaria Wiggins and Paris Mullins look to provide depth on the bench for the Tigers, as well as freshmen Amoura Graves and Mar’Shaun Bostic. Redshirt sophomore sock Adaora Onwumelu made his college debut at Old Dominion with five rebounds in seven minutes.
EFFORT OF THE WHOLE TEAM
âºâº All 13 players scored at least one point and at least one rebound in the Tigers’ 91-42 win over Charleston Southern on November 26.
âºâº The last time all available Auburn players scored and rebounded in a game was on November 6, 2018, against Grambling State, Auburn’s 97-48 victory.
âºâº Auburn will participate in the SEC / Big 12 Challenge for the fourth time, hosting the State of Oklahoma on Sunday, December 5th. Match time is 2:00 p.m. CT at Auburn Arena.