The Auburn women’s basketball team will embark on its first foreign tour since 2012 when the Tigers travel to Italy from Aug. 7-16.
Junior Abigayle Jackson and sophomores Erin Howard, Brooke Moore, Robyn Benton, Kiyae’ White and Natalie Kelly also return for the Tigers as most saw extensive playing time last season.
The trip will also be the first chance to see Auburn’s six newcomers in game action. The Tigers welcome freshmen Lauren Hansen, Annie Hughes, Maliya Perry, Morgan Robinson-Nwagwu, and Sania Wells, along with sophomore transfer Jala Jordan.
1st match: Three Tigers scored in double-figures, but a big halftime deficit was too much for Auburn to overcome in a 77-69 loss to the Netherlands National Team in the first game of Auburn’s tour of Italy Friday night.
The Tigers spent a sweltering Saturday morning touring Rome, visiting the Trevi fountain, the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona, enjoying lunch along the Campo dei Fiori. The team then boarded a Trenitalia train for the trek to Florence, arriving late afternoon. Following a team dinner, the Tigers took a brief tour of Florence, walking along the Arno River back to the hotel for the night.
Sunday morning saw the team take a walking tour of Florence, visiting the massive Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore on the Piazza del Duomo, then heading toward the Piazza della Signoria, where a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Allies’ liberation of Florence on Aug. 11, 1944, was being held.
Junior Unique Thompson recorded her second double-double of the Tigers’ trip to Italy, but the Auburn women’s basketball team was unable to hold onto a halftime lead in an 81-75 loss to the European All-Stars Thursday night.
The Tigers came close to avenging a loss to the same squad Sunday night in Florence, but saw their opponent take full advantage of a pair of long Auburn scoring droughts in the second half to secure the come-from-behind win.
For all the details go to the official page of the Tigers at : https://auburntigers.com/sports/womens-basketball