Auburn women’s basketball’s 10-day exhibition tour of Australia didn’t start well as the Tigers fell to the Logan Thunder Tuesday morning in Brisbane, 86-54.
The matchup with the Thunder of the WNBL is the first of four exhibition games the Tigers will play against professional Australian teams.
Sophomore guard Hasina Muhammad scored 24 points in nearly 38 minutes of play in the loss. Senior Blanche Alverson added 10 points, and junior Peyton Davis neared a double-double with 8 and 9.
“We had a hard time shooting the ball tonight, but this is a learning experience for all of us,” head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said in a press release. “We are still learning more and more about the team and they are still learning about it. This is going to be a process.”
The Logan Thunder of the WNBL — sister-league to Australia’s National Basketball League and the premier professional women’s basketball league in Australia — fielded a team comprised of four professional players and nine standouts from the club’s basketball academy to take on the Tigers. Meanwhile, only seven players from the Auburn roster dressed and saw the court.
“Auburn were a bit depleted tonight with several of their players out injured,” Thunder coach Tony Stephens said in a release at WNBL.com.au. “They are quality on paper and are in the process of rebuilding their programme ahead of their upcoming NCAA season.”
The trip to Australia was scheduled before the arrival of first-year head coach Williams-Flournoy, but the Tigers are taking every opportunity to practice with their new coaching staff. They’ll have three more opportunities to gather real-game experience together before returning stateside and waiting for the season tipoff this fall.
Auburn is next pitted against the Cairns Dolphins of the Queensland Basketball League on August 10 at 5:30 a.m. CST. Then they’ll be taking on the Sydney Uni Flames, also of the WNBL, before closing the trip with a matchup against the Sutherland Sharks of the Australia State League.
Auburn fans’ best chance to follow the Tigers will come against the Sydney Uni Flames on August 12, which is set for a 10 p.m. tipoff local time.
Photo via the Logan Thunder.
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