Jan. 20, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky pounced early and Auburn was never able to recover Sunday as the Tigers (13-6, 2-4 SEC) dropped a 97-53 decision to the fifth-ranked Wildcats (18-1, 6-0 SEC) at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky.
"We knew right away coming in that we were going to have to handle the pressure immediately," Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "Right away, we just did not do a very good job of handling the pressure."
Hasina Muhammad led Auburn with 13 points and remains the only player in the SEC to have scored in double figures in each game this season. She has now posted double digits in scoring in 21-consecutive games dating back to the 2011-12 season. Peyton Davis added 11 points and five rebounds in the effort.
The first half would be the difference maker in the game, as Auburn couldn't overcome an early Kentucky run and shot just 6-of-22 (.273) from the floor.
The Tigers took a 30-point deficit into the locker room at halftime, as the Wildcats led 51-21. After trailing just 7-6 in the opening minutes, Auburn allowed an 10-0 run in less than two minutes, as Kentucky jumped out to an 11-point lead at 17-6 with 13:15 remaining in the half. The Tigers never came within eight of the Wildcats, and Kentucky ran off to a 30-point lead at the half.
Auburn managed to get some offense going coming out of the locker room, but it would be too little too late. The Wildcats continued to hit on all cylinders, as all five of Kentucky's starters finished in double figures. A'dia Mathies led with 24 points, while Jennifer O'Neill added 17, DeNesha Stallworth tallied 16 Samarie Walker scored 15 and Bria Goss added 10.
Turnovers didn't help Auburn's cause as Kentucky scored 34 points off of 30 forced turnovers. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Tigers 40-31, and Auburn allowed Kentucky 12-of-28 (.429) shooting beyond the arc.
Despite the loss, the Tigers had some movement in the Auburn record books during Sunday's game. With one 3-pointer, Blanche Alverson tied Tiffany Krantz for second all-time at Auburn in career 3-pointers with 184.
With seven points and three rebounds on the day, Alverson also became just the fourth player in Auburn women's basketball history to accrue 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists, 100 steals and 50 blocks in her career.
Auburn returns to action Thursday as it takes on Alabama (11-7, 1-4 SEC) at 8 p.m. CT from Foster Auditorium in Tuscaloosa. The game will air live on CSS.