AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's defense held No. 6 Tennessee to its lowest scoring output of the season, but the Tigers could not generate much offense of their own in a 54-42 loss to the Lady Vols on Thursday night at Auburn Arena.
The Tigers (9-9, 0-5 SEC) will have a much-needed Sunday off in SEC play before traveling to Alabama next Thursday night. Auburn has faced four top-20 teams - including three in the top 10 - in their first five SEC games.
Auburn shot 32.2 percent from the field in the game (19-of-59) while Tennessee (15-2, 5-0 SEC) connected on 22-of-52 attempts for 42.3 percent. The Lady Vols also hit five 3-pointers in the game while a pair of treys from sophomore Katie Frerking were Auburn's only points from beyond the arc.
"I thought we did a great job defensively as far as holding Tennessee to 54 points," Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "Tennessee's a very good team. We knew that they would eventually score, even with their scoring droughts. I thought we did a lot of little things. We got eighteen offensive rebounds. We did little things we knew that would win the basketball game, except make a shot.
"It is disappointing. We just have to keep working. We have to keep getting in the gym and shooting. We worked on rebounding. At this point right now, we can't stop working. We have to keep working."
After a buzzer-beating jumper gave Tennessee a 26-18 lead at the half, the Lady Vols scored four straight to open the second period and take a 12-point lead. As they have done in most games in conference play, though, Auburn made a push midway through the second half, cutting it to a seven-point game at 42-35 on a Frerking 3-pointer with just under 10 minutes to play. From that point, though, Auburn would make just three more shots the rest of the way.
Junior Tra'Cee Tanner led all scorers with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting and also pulled down six rebounds. Senior Hasina Muhammad, and sophomores Brandy Montgomery and Frerking had eight points each; Muhammad added a team-best nine rebounds.
Tennessee was out-rebounded for just the fourth time this season as Auburn pulled down 39 boards to the Lady Vols' 33. Of those, 18 of Auburn's rebounds were on the offensive glass; however, the Tigers converted those into just 11 points.
Jordan Reynolds and Andraya Carter led Tennessee with 11 points apiece. Cierra Burdick scored 10, and Isabelle Harrison had a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Tigers' next game is Thursday, Jan. 22, at Alabama. Tip is set for 8 p.m. CT at Foster Auditorium in Tuscaloosa, and the game will be televised by Fox Sports South.