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Jazmine Jones helps power Auburn past Alabama
Jan. 14, 2016
Auburn
Auburn
(12-5, 2-2)
 Game 17
1
2
3
4
F
 Alabama
13
7
21
18
59
 Auburn
12
18
24
18
72

Alabama
(12-5, 1-3)



By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala.  Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy counts on Katie Frerking, Brandy Montgomery and Tra'Cee Tanner for scoring. But when a fourth player wants to join the party, even bigger and better things can happen.

A bigger thing happened Thursday night when Jazmine Jones scored a season-high 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Auburn beat rival Alabama 72-59 in front of 3,383 fans in Auburn Arena. The Tigers had four players in double figures in beating Alabama for the fifth consecutive time on their home floor.

"Anytime you can have somebody else step in and give the scoring that we need, it is great," Williams-Flournoy said. "Jaz really gave us that extra bonus we need. Jaz can do that every night."

Auburn's big three scorers did their part, too. Frerking led Auburn with 21 points, Montgomery scored 16 and Tanner scored 11. Hannah Cook led Alabama with 19 points.

Auburn improved to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama fell to 12-5 overall and 1-3 in the league.

"It's always fun to beat Alabama... the whole rivalry and all," Frerking said. "But at the end of the day, it was just another win and we've got to take it, learn from it and enjoy it but move on."

Alabama led after the first quarter, but that didn't last long. The Tigers led 30-20 at the half and ran the lead to 20 points late in the third quarter. The Tide cut the lead to six in the fourth quarter, but Auburn pulled away again.

"They kind of made their run right back at us, but we got our composure and got back in the game and won it like we're supposed to," Williams-Flournoy said.

Williams-Flournoy also said she pushed her team to rebound better. The Tigers did. Auburn won the rebounding battle 39-25, including 16 offensive rebounds.

"Rebounding hasn't been what we done extremely well, so it was a point of emphasis we've made the last couple of days in practice because we have to," Williams-Flournoy said. "A lot of teams were really killing us on the offensive board. We had to get to the offensive boards ourselves."

Auburn's next game is at No. 9 Kentucky at noon Sunday in a game that will be televised by the SEC Network. The Tigers beat the Wildcats 66-61 on Jan. 3.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:


 

 

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