Nov. 26, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The No. 9/12 Florida State Seminoles (4-0) will welcome Auburn (3-2) to the Donald L. Tucker Center on Friday in the second game of the Seminole Classic at 7 p.m. Missouri and Florida A&M will kick off the tournament at 5 p.m. before the Seminoles and Tigers take to the floor.
The Rattlers will take on Auburn on Saturday at 2 p.m. before FSU and Missouri wrap up the tournament on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Friday’s contest will be the 11th meeting between the two teams as Auburn has dominated the head-to-head series by a 9-1 margin, including 9 straight victories. The two squads have not met on the hardwood since 2003 when Auburn bounced Florida State from the NCAA Tournament by a 68- 57 margin in the second round.
Auburn is coming off a 62-56 home win over Georgia Southern on Tuesday when Keke Carrier poured in 17 points for the Tigers.
Alli Smalley is leading the Tigers in scoring with 18.4 points per game and has led Auburn in scoring every game except against Georgia Southern.
The Tigers turned in a 30-4 season a year ago when All-American DeWanna Bonner averaged 21.1 points per game to help Auburn to a No. 2 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional. The Tigers were knocked off in the second
round by Rutgers by an 80-52 margin.
Auburn was pegged No. 8 in the initial SEC poll as voted on by the SEC media members.
Last Time Out
Jacinta Monroe scored 14 points before twisting her left knee midway through the second half, and No. 13 Florida State beat Georgia State 66-53 on Sunday. Alysha Harvin scored 13 points, all in the second half, and also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds for the Seminoles (4-0), who were playing their third game in six days. Florida State pulled
away after having its lead cut to five points