Jan. 26, 2012
AUBURN - Auburn junior Blanche Alverson scored in double digits for the second game in a row, notching a team-high 15 points, but an 18-0 Kentucky run in the first half proved to be the difference as the No. 6 Wildcats (19-2, 8-0 SEC) picked up the 66-48 win over the Tigers (10-11, 2-6 SEC).
"The turnovers killed us," Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said. "Turnovers killed us, and then I think in the second half, the bunnies that we missed. We had to work hard for our baskets to begin with, and then when we get it right under the basket and miss, it's tough to recover from. Turnovers ultimately are what cost us."
Auburn tied its season-high in turnovers with 30 and Kentucky took advantage, turning them into 38 points on the other end. Maegan Conwright came off the bench and picked up three of the Wildcats' 14 steals while tallying 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.
A'dia Mathies led Kentucky in scoring with 20 points, shooting 7-of-16 from the floor, including 3-of-9 from 3-point land.
Auburn jumped out on the Wildcats early, taking a 16-11 lead after a Tyrese Tanner layup with 10:13 left in the first half. That would be the Tigers' last basketball for more than eight minutes as Kentucky went on an 18-0 run to take the lead for good.
The Tigers scored four of the last six points before the half, cutting the Wildcat lead to 31-20 at the break.
Auburn got another boost to open the second half as sophomore Camille Glymph scored four straight points to cut the Kentucky lead to seven. The Wildcats responded with another run, scoring 11 straight to keep the lead in double figures. Kentucky went on to lead by as many as 21 before finally taking the 66-48 win.
Senior Morgan Jennings followed Alverson in double figures with 10 points while Glymph added nine. Freshman Hasina Muhammad went scoreless, but led the team in rebounds and assists with five each. She also blocked two shots while picking up a team-high three steals.
Auburn will return to action at 1 p.m. CT, Sunday as the Tigers travel to Ole Miss (12-9, 2-6 SEC). The game will be televised live on SportSouth from Tad Smith Coliseum.