Women's Basketball Falls To SDSU 78-57 In Omni Hotels Classic Opener
Nov. 23, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. - Auburn (3-2) got down early and overcame a double-digit deficit to tie the game in the second half, but could not hold off a late San Diego State (3-1) run as the Tigers dropped a 78-57 decision to the Aztecs Friday night in the first round of the Omni Hotels Classic in Boulder, Colo.
Auburn's Tanner sisters led the way for the Tigers. Junior Tyrese Tanner was the top scorer with 17 points, along with four rebounds and three steals, while Tra'Cee Tanner followed with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds off the bench. Hasina Muhammad rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10.
"Tra'cee came in and gave us a defensive presence, banging around inside where we need her to be aggressive," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "She led us in rebounds and we have to get that from her, she is a big body post and we need a presence from her inside."
Auburn got down early against the Aztecs, trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half after San Diego State took a 24-9 lead.
"I thought in the first five minutes of the game, San Diego State came out pretty aggressive in their man-to-man defense, but later in the game we were able to get open," said Williams-Flournoy. "But, we were not making hard cuts, we were not setting screens like we needed to."
The Tigers rallied back, however, out-scoring the Aztecs 15-5 to close out the period and holding SDSU scoreless for the last 4:06. Tra'Cee Tanner scored six of seven first-half points in the run.
The Tigers kept the momentum rolling into the second half and tied the game up at 36-36 with 15:05 to play after a 3-pointer from Courtney Strain. That would be the final run, though as San Diego State scored the next seven points and out-scored Auburn 42-21 the rest of the game.
"We could not keep playing basket for basket, we had to get some stops," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "We just did not get the defensive stops we needed when we were making our run."
SDSU senior Courtney Clements led the way for the Aztecs, scoring 26 points with five rebounds and three steals. She had six of the team's 11 3-pointers in the game. Chelsea Hopkins added 14 points and nine rebounds while Malia Nahinu scored 12 with eight boards.
SDSU shot 46.7 percent from the field, including a 44.0 percent clip from 3-point range. The Tigers were limited to 30.9 percent shooting on the night.
Auburn will play at 6 p.m. CT, Saturday night in the consolation game of the 26th Annual Omni Hotels Classic. The Tigers will face either Texas A&M-Corpus Christi or host Colorado.
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