Feb. 5, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Auburn battled, but a pair of Tennessee runs kept the Tigers (11-13, 3-8 SEC) from pulling the upset Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn., falling to the No. 8 Lady Volunteers (17-6, 8-2 SEC), 82-61. Camille Glymph led the Tigers in scoring with 13 points, shooting 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
"This was a game like we have a lot of the time," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "We play good for about 34 minutes and then just break down at the end. We had a good shot there at the end, but missed free throws and turnovers killed us."
Auburn led most of the first five minutes of the game, jumping on the Lady Vols early. Alicia Manning connected on a layup to give Tennessee a 16-14 lead with 13:51 left in the first half, a lead it would not give up. The Tigers stayed close, but a 17-8 run late in the half put the Lady Vols up 44-31 going into the locker room at halftime.
The Tigers led the Tennessee lead grow to as many as 17 points early in the second half when Ariel Massengale scored to put the Lady Vols up 56-39.
Auburn answered with a 14-5 run, led by six points from Hasina Muhammad, to cut the lead to eight, 61-53, with 6:51 left in the game. Tennessee responded with a run of its own, capitalizing off Auburn turnovers to score 11 straight points to take a 72-53 lead and put the game out of reach. The Lady Vols cruised the rest of the way for the 82-61 win.
Tennessee used its defense to get the win, forcing 23 Auburn turnovers that resulted in 21 Lady Vol points off turnovers. UT also held down the paint, out-scoring Auburn 52-28 in the lane, though the Tigers won the rebounding battle, 42-39.
"Tennessee's press really hurt us," said Fortner. "It really kept us from doing much. They also trapped our point guard a lot and made things difficult."
Tanner followed Glymph's 13 points with 11 of her own. Freshman Hasina Muhammad followed with 10 points and four rebounds off the bench. Morgan Jennings also provided a spark off the bench with eight points and three assists.
Glory Johnson and Massengale led Tennessee with 14 points each. Meighan Simmons added 13 while Shekinna Stricklen scored 11. Johnson and Stricklen also notched double-doubles, pulling down 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively.
The Tigers will return to action at 6 p.m. CT, Thursday as Auburn travels to Florida (15-6, 5-5 SEC). The game will air live on Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports and WatchESPN.com.