Dec. 3, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Auburn women's basketball team suffered its second loss of the season Saturday, falling at Temple, 73-57. Camille Glymph led the Tigers off the bench with 12 points while Parrisha Simmons tied her career high with nine.
The Tigers fall to 5-2 on the season, heading into next week's break for final exams. The Owls broke a five-game losing streak to improve to 3-5.
Auburn was down 25-31 with 3:27 to go in the first half, but was out-scored 14-2 in the final stretch, thanks partly to two Temple 3-pointers in the final 12 seconds, giving the Owls a 47-25 halftime lead.
The Tigers out-scored Temple, 30-28, in the second half, but could not overcome the first-half difference.
"That just killed us, we either los our focus or didn't have enough right there. It was very surprising and disappointing," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "We came back and played hard in the second half, but that put us too far down."
Temple was led by Shey Peddy with 27 points and five steals. Nineteen of Peddy's points came in the second half when the Owls extended their lead to as many as 23 points. Auburn came back, however, and cut the margin to 16 by the final horn.
"Temple shot 55 percent in the first half, those guards just shot the ball so well," said Fortner. "But, we will go back and evaluate some things. Pre-conference time is to get better and hopefully we will go back and get better."
Auburn struggled from the field, shooting 35.0 percent (21-of-60) from the field, but was 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from beyond the arc. Temple was able to capitalize on Auburn turnovers and score in transition. The Owls forced 16 Auburn turnovers and scored 21 points off them, including 16 fast-break points.
Along with Simmons, sophomore Tyrese Tanner scored nine points with six rebounds and a team-high three steals. Senior Morgan Jennings led the Tigers on the boards with seven rebounds along with her seven points and two assists. Freshman Hasina Muhammad also scored seven points.
"We needed to fight, there were 20 minutes left, and I thought they came out and played hard," said Fortner of the comeback effort. "We have to get tougher. You are going to get knocked down, but you have to get back up and recover from it."
The Tigers will take an 11-day break for final exams following today's game. The Tigers will return to action at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. CT against South Florida. The game is the first of a doubleheader for the Tigers at Auburn Arena with the men following at 8:30 p.m. CT.