OXFORD, Miss. -- Auburn rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to earn its fourth-straight win, defeating Ole Miss 65-60 Thursday night in SEC women's basketball action at the new Pavilion at Ole Miss.
Senior Tra'Cee Tanner led three Tigers in double figures with 19 points, nine rebounds and had a key blocked shot in the closing seconds as Auburn (17-8, 7-5 SEC) outscored the Rebels 20-8 in the fourth quarter to pick up its third road win in SEC play.
"They had a lot of adversity, had to come from behind and handle the press," Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "I'm so proud of them today. Like I've said before, we're battle-tested. We've been in just about every situation you can think of. Down by 17 (to Kentucky), big leads, overtime - we've dealt with just about everything. Our ladies did a very good job of handling it and not getting too stressed about being down, just taking it two at a time and getting some stops."
Ole Miss (10-14, 2-9 SEC) pushed ahead to a 12-point lead in the third quarter on the strength of a 9-for-14 (64.3%) shooting percentage in the third quarter that included four 3-pointers. Auburn closed it to a seven-point game at 52-45 at the end of the third quarter, then opened the fourth on a 7-0 run, tying the game on a Brandy Montgomery 3-pointer with 8:15 to play.
After the teams traded baskets over the next three minutes, Tanner converted a three-point play and then hit another layup to give Auburn a 57-55 lead - its first since the 3:28 mark of the first quarter - with 6:38 to play. The Tigers would never trail again.
Ole Miss cut the lead to one on a Bretta Hart layup with 1:49 left, but Katie Frerking converted two free throws with 22 seconds to play to make it 63-60. Tanner came up with a huge block on the Rebels' final possession, and then she hit two free throws with less than a second remaining to secure the final margin.
Auburn shot 53.3 percent for the game, its best in SEC play and second-best overall this season, including a 58.3-percent mark in the second half. The Tigers attempted just four 3-pointers in the game but connected on three of them.
The Tigers overcame 21 turnovers - 13 of them in the first half - and poor free-throw shooting early to pick up their first win in Oxford since 2012.
Frerking finished with 17 points, including two crucial free throws in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter that pushed Auburn's lead to three points, and a game-high six assists. Freshman Janiah McKay added 12 points, and Brandy Montgomery finished with eight.
Auburn found itself trailing by 11 late in the second quarter, but the Tigers ended the period on an 8-0 run to trail by just three at halftime, 30-27.
A'Queen Hayes led Ole Miss with 17 points, and Madinah Muhammad had 11.
Auburn returns home for its next three contests, beginning Sunday as 16th-ranked Florida visits Auburn Arena for a 1 p.m. tip. It will be the annual Play4Kay Pink Game, and fans are encouraged to wear pink.