The Tigers (13-17), seeded 13th in the tournament, won their fourth straight game and advanced to the second round where they will face Texas A&M at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. It was the largest margin of victory for Auburn in an SEC Tournament game since a 73-51 win over Arkansas in the 2008 tournament, and it marks Auburn's longest winning streak against SEC opponents since the 2009 season.
"I thought our players came out and started the game exactly how we wanted them to start, and that's playing defense," Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "That's been key for us the last couple of games - them not only playing defense, but converting some of those turnovers into points for us as well."
Montgomery scored 22 points, giving her 52 over her last two games and marking her seventh time this year to top the 20-point plateau. She did so on 7-of-15 shooting - she hit her first three 3-point attempts of the night - and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the free-throw line.
"It helps us a lot when Brandy is making shots," Williams-Flournoy said. "Once she's in rhythm, you're not going to stop her."
Tanner finished with 19 points and a team-high eight rebounds as she was 7-of-11 from the field. Like Montgomery, Tanner hit all five of her free-throw attempts and also had a team-high three steals.
Sophomore Katie Frerking had seven points and five rebounds and tied Khady Dieng for the team lead in assists with five. Freshman Neydja Petithomme scored eight points, and twin freshmen Jazmine and Jessica Jones had six points apiece.
Auburn shot 46.3 percent from the field and held Florida to 31.7 percent. The Tigers dominated the boards all night, out-rebounding Florida 43-34. It was Auburn's second-largest rebounding margin against an SEC opponent this season. The Tigers were also 73.9 percent at the free-throw line, hitting 17-of-23.
The Tigers never trailed, opening up a 13-2 lead in the first five minutes with Montgomery scoring the first five points of the game. The Gators would get no closer than six points the rest of the way as Auburn limited Florida's opportunities, out-rebounding them 24-14 in the first half and holding the Gators to just four offensive boards. Auburn led 32-18 at halftime.
Auburn is now 11-0 this season and 46-12 under Williams-Flournoy when scoring 60 or more points in a game.
The start time of the game was moved up two hours due to impending winter weather in the forecast for the Little Rock area. Area roads remained hazardous for teams and spectators traveling from the arena Wednesday night.
Thursday's second-round game is slated for a 2:30 p.m. start and will be televised by SEC Network. Auburn and Texas A&M met once this year with the Aggies winning 78-45 in College Station on Feb. 1.