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Auburn takes on Little Rock, Alabama State in upcoming nonconference games

Johnnie Harris and her Tigers will finish their last stretch of road games in the nonconference slate against the Little Rock Trojans before traveling home for an in-state clash against Alabama State. 

Auburn is coming off its third straight win with a 72-62 victory in Birmingham, Alabama, against UAB this past Sunday. The Tigers were led by veteran Honesty Scott-Grayson with a season-high 22 points. 

Sunday’s road victory was the second straight game in which Scott-Grayson matched or set her season high in an early 2023-24 campaign. In the Tigers’ ACC/SEC Challenge win against Clemson, Scott-Grayson hit 18 points for the third time this season – along with five assists and five steals.

Scott-Grayson’s performance against the Blazers marked the sixth time she hit double figures this season – going 9-of-16 from the field and making her only three-point attempt. 

When Auburn takes the floor in Arkansas, Harris makes her return to the place that launched her collegiate coaching career. She was an assistant coach at Little Rock from 1999-2001 as the program restarted after an 11-year hiatus.

The Trojans will be seeking redemption after their recent loss to in-state rival Central Arkansas. Despite Little Rock's efficient performance with season-high shooting and 58 points, it aims to secure a victory on its home court, where they previously beat Auburn in November 2001.

Little Rock faces a challenging stretch with six consecutive road games following today’s game before returning home on Jan. 4 against SIUE. 

When the Tigers return home to the friendly confines of Neville Arena, the Alabama State Hornets will await.

In their home opener, the Lady Hornets faced a 74-53 defeat against Jacksonville State. Despite impressive three-point shooting, with Che'Mya Carouthers leading the charge with 13 points and two steals, the Lady Hornets struggled to overcome a persistent Jacksonville State lead. 

The defensive efforts were notable, forcing 19 turnovers and converting them into 13 points on the offensive end, but Alabama State ultimately fell short in its bid for a comeback.

As the Hornets aim to bounce back, key players like Carouthers and Shmya Ward, who both contributed 13 points in the recent game, will play crucial roles. Alabama State's resilience and focus on capitalizing on turnovers could prove instrumental as it faces the challenges posed by Auburn's squad.

After the win over UAB, Auburn will look to win its first back-to-back road games since the 2018-19 season when the Tigers take on the Little Rock Trojans on the road at 2 p.m. CST Sunday with television coverage on ESPN+. When the Tigers return home, they’ll tip off against Alabama State at 7 p.m. CsST on the SEC Network+. 

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