Auburn ladies’ basketball misplaced seventy three-sixty four to BYU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Stanford, California. The Tigers have been performing in the Big Dance for the primary time in two seasons and lost as the No. 10 seed. The Tigers dropped in the back of through 15 factors inside the fourth region, however, came back to reduce the deficit to 4 elements in a valiant comeback effort. Still, AU couldn’t get the lead and drop to 1-3 within the seven-12 months head-education tenure of Terri Williams-Flournoy.
Janiah McKay scored 19 points in her final Auburn sport. Unique Thompson had 10 points and 19 rebounds for Tigers, who performed a trap-up maximum of the afternoon after dropping an early 9-4 lead. Williams-Flournoy informed the Auburn Radio Network after the game that it wasn’t merely the generally-robust press protection that proved luxurious, but the half of-court docket defense wasn’t appropriate sufficient to get the win. The Tigers pressured sixteen turnovers. “We had been gambling guy-to-guy and just letting directly line-drives get to the basket,” Williams-Flournoy stated at the radio broadcast.
“We needed to near up that paint; we didn’t do an excellent activity of slicing off that lane to the paint.” Auburn got into the NCAA Tournament as a bubble crew that turned into part of Selection Monday’s “Debatable Eight.” Williams-Flournoy pushed towards the concept that Auburn become a bubble crew, pointing to the group’s nine-7 report within the SEC. AU did win ten video games in right street environments. But AU changed into gambling in a weaker SEC and didn’t beat a number of the properly groups that did make the sphere, out of doors of a home win towards Missouri. The season noticed the further development of junior Dasia Alexander and Thompson. Crystal Primm commenced each game for the Tigers after spending the first two seasons of her career at Duke. Freshman Erin Howard started 17 games and showed that she’d be a more substantial piece for the Tigers next season.
After completing under .500 remaining season, the Tigers took a nice breakthrough, to their third NCAA Tournament inside the last four seasons. “You hate that that is your final recreation. However, I desired to go away a legacy of operating difficult, having man or woman,” McKay said in a team launch. “I’m in reality enthusiastic about the destiny of this program, and now it’s (time for) the following step. The real world is next. I’m very excited about that.”