Jan. 29, 2012
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OXFORD, Miss. - Auburn sophomore Camille Glymph scored a game-high 19 points, leading the Tigers (11-11, 3-6 SEC) to a 67-54 win at Ole Miss (12-10, 2-7 SEC) Sunday afternoon at Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss.
"That was a good way to start the second half of the SEC season," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "We are focusing on finishing the season strong and we are one down now with seven to go."
Glymph scored 12 of her 19 points in the first half when the Tigers used a 13-2 run to take the lead for good. The Greenville, S.C., native also finished the day with four rebounds and a team-high six assists.
"Camille had a good day shooting the ball, but she didn't even take all the shots she had, if you can believe that," said Fortner. "I actually had to get on her to shoot more. It was nice to see her knock down those shots because it gives us some confidence and you can see that immediately when she does that."
Tyrese Tanner, Auburn's leading scorer on the season, came off the bench for 12 points while Blanche Alverson added 10. Senior Parrisha Simmons came off the bench and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
One of the big factors for Auburn was the defensive play of Pascale West, who came off the bench to guard Ole Miss' Nikki Byrd. Byrd, the Rebels' second-leading scorer and the SEC's top rebounder coming into the game, was held to just two field goals and three rebounds.
"We had to take care of Nikki Byrd and that is where I thought P.J. West was the x-factor for us," said Fortner. "P.J.'s size really bothered Byrd and kept the ball out of her hands."
There were three ties and eight lead changes in the first half, but Auburn went on 13-2 run to close out the half to take the lead for good. The Rebels led 26-25 with 5:09 left in the half, but Glymph found Alverson in the lane for a layup that gave Auburn the lead for good and sparked the run.
Ole Miss was able to cut into the lead early in the second half, but would come no closer than seven points.
A pair of free throws by Kenyotta Jenkins with 9:51 left cut the lead to seven, but Chantel Hilliard got a turnaround jumper that sparked a 10-2 run that put the Tigers back up by 15. Auburn would lead by double digits the rest of the way, holding on for the 67-54 win.
Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with 15 points while Byrd finished with 11. McFarland and Danielle McCray pulled down team-highs of five rebounds each.
Auburn shot 46.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from3-point range with Glymph and Alverson combining for five treys. The Tigers also out-rebounded Ole Miss, 40-32.
Auburn will return to the court at 6 p.m., Thursday as the Tigers take on Vanderbilt (16-5, 4-4 SEC) at Auburn Arena. It will be a re-match from a game on Jan. 12 in Nashville, Tenn., a 66-58 Tiger loss.