Jan. 15, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Auburn sophomore Tyrese Tanner scored a career-high 22 points Sunday, breaking her previous high of 20 set at Alabama earlier this season, but the Tigers (9-9, 0-5 SEC) dropped the 59-39 decision to Arkansas (12-5, 1-4 SEC).
"Tyrese has had some really good games for us lately," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "She has been coming off the bench and competes so hard. It was great to see her have that kind of game, but we would like a better end result."
The Tigers never led in the game while three Razorbacks finished in double figures. Sarah Watkins and Ashley Daniels scored 12 points each while C'eira Ricketts added 11.
"It was not a good day for us, I can't say one good thing we did today," said Fortner. "We will go home and recover, we have to get better. Credit goes to Arkansas, though, they were hungry for a win and got it."
Arkansas led the entire first half, but Auburn twice cut the Razorback lead to two in the last 8:01. The last time came on a Tanner jumper. Tanner had the chance to tie it up on the next possession, but missed a pair of free throws.
Arkansas closed the half on a 10-2 run after Tanner's basket, taking a 28-18 lead into the locker room, the team's largest lead of the game.
The Tigers were able to keep the Hogs' lead in check for most of the second half, cutting it twice back to 10 after it got as high as 15. A 10-2 run late in the first half, book-ended by a pair of Harris 3-pointers, extended the Arkansas lead to 18. The Razorbacks would lead by as many as 22 before taking the 59-39 win.
Auburn will return to action at 6 p.m., Thursday for a home game against South Carolina at Auburn Arena. The game is the Tigers' "We Back Pat" game.