Nov. 18, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke's Elizabeth Williams notched a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, leading the No. 8-ranked Blue Devils (2-0) to a 73-50 win over Auburn (2-1), handing the Tigers their first loss of the season.
Sophomore Camille Glymph came off the bench and led the Tigers in scoring for the second game in a row, shooting 4-of-6 from 3-point range for a team-high 12 points. Freshman Hasina Muhammad also finished in double figures, finishing with 10 points and three rebounds.
It was a tale of two halves for the Tigers as Auburn clawed back from being down double figures to pull within one, 32-31, at halftime. Duke turned the tables on Auburn in the second half, out-scoring the Tigers 41-19 to pull away for the win.
"If it was a 20-minute game, I would feel pretty good but that last 20 minutes was pretty tough for us," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "We competed hard and did some good things, but we have to learn to play for all 40 minutes. We had a lot of fight in the first half, but we got down and panicked in the second half."
Auburn's defense did the trick early on as the Tigers forced nine Blue Devil turnovers in the first half, turning them in to 15 points off turnovers. Duke then used that tactic against Auburn, forcing 11 second-half Tiger turnovers that turned into 15 Blue Devil points.
Auburn tallied eight steals and 11 blocked shots in the game, led by sophomore Jassany Williams with seven blocks and two steals. Williams' seven blocks ties for 13th all-time at Auburn in single-game blocks.
Auburn trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, with Duke leading 27-14 with 6:26 to go in the period. The Tigers finished the period on a 17-5 run, capped off by a buzzer-beater by Najat Ouardad, to cut the lead to 32-31 at the half.
Duke opened the half on an 8-0 run, but Auburn was able to keep the lead in single digits for most of the half. But, capitalizing on Auburn turnovers in a crucial stretch late in the game, Duke was able to go on an 11-0 run to go up 61-42, solidifying its lead.
Auburn shot just 32.8 percent from the field while Duke shot 41.7 percent in the second half to finish at 38.0 percent for the game. The Blue Devils won the rebounding battle, 52-35, and dominated inside with 44 points in the paint.
Auburn was 5-of-16 from 3-point range with Glymph accounting for four of Auburn's treys. The Tigers held Duke to 0-for-12 from beyond the arc.
Williams was one of three Blue Devils in double figures, ahead of Chloe Wells and Haley Peters with 14 and 10 points each, respectively. Senior Morgan Jennings led Auburn with six rebounds and three assists.
Auburn will return to action at 6 p.m., Wed., Nov. 23 against George Washington. The game will be the first of a three-game homestand for the Tigers.