Jan. 1, 2012
AUBURN - Auburn (8-6, 0-1 SEC) committed 25 turnovers and sent No. 7/8 Tennessee (9-3, 1-0 SEC) to the free throw line 31 times in 73-52 Southeastern Conference-opening loss to the Lady Vols. Sophomore Camille Glymph came off the bench to lead the Tigers with 21 points.
The 21 points marked the seventh game for Glymph to score in double figures and her second 20-point game of the season.
"Turnovers. Rebounding. Free throws. Tennessee didn't have to run much offense," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "They got 28 points off the free throws and 30 second-chance points. We made it pretty easy for them in the second half. That was disappointing. If we could just play 40 minutes like we play 20 minutes - that would be nice."
Auburn held a four-point lead midway through the first half and was down by just two, 31-29, at halftime. But, the Lady Vols opened the second half on a 9-0 run to take a double-digit lead and keep the Tigers from threatening for most of the remainder of the game.
"We started the half slow and in the first three minutes of the game they go up 10, that's tough to recover from," said Fortner. "We had it cut to about six at one point and we had a big defensive stop, but Alverson got the rebound, turned it over, then fouled and I thought it was downhill from there."
Tennessee led by 14, its largest lead of the game at the time, with 10:20 left in the game, but Auburn came back with a 9-2 run, fueled by a pair of Glymph 3-pointers, to cut it to seven with 7:59 to go.
But, the fouls started to rain down on Auburn from that point on as the Tigers committed 10 in the final 7:27 of the game. Tennessee out-scored Auburn 20-6 from that point on with 14 of the points coming at the free throw line.
Meighan Simmons went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line to lead Tennessee with 20 points. She was one of four Lady Vols to finish in double figures, coming in ahead of Shekinna Stricklen (17), Glory Johnson (14) and Alicia Manning (10). Johnson also netted a double-double with 13 points.
Auburn's bench out-scored Tennessee 33-8, led by Glymph's game-high 21 and eight points from Tyrese Tanner. Tanner also tallied three steals. Leading the Auburn defensive effort was Jassany Williams with five blocked shots, along with her five points and five rebounds. It was her fourth game of the season with four or more blocks.
The Tigers will return to the court at 6:30 p.m., Thursday in their road opener at Alabama (10-5, 0-1 SEC). The Crimson Tide also dropped their SEC opener, 68-42, at South Carolina.
"We will have a good three days of practice to prepare for Alabama," said Fortner. "There is not a whole lot of motivating you have to do for that game. It's such a big in-state rivalry. We'll get back at it and get ready to play."
The game will be the first for the Tigers against the Crimson Tide since the team moved into Foster Auditorium last season.