Dec. 14, 2011
AUBURN - Auburn sophomore Camille Glymph took advantage of her first career start, rattling off a career-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers, as she led the Tigers (6-2) to a 62-45 win over South Florida (6-5) Wednesday at Auburn Arena.
The win avenged a 67-49 loss the Tigers took at the hands of the Bulls last season in Tampa, and gave Auburn its best start to the season since 2008-09.
"We're absolutely pleased with the win, as we always are to win a game," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "We were a little rugged out there. We've been off for 10 days, and maybe that had a little something to do with it, but I thought we had some great efforts."
"I thought Parrisha Simmons was outstanding defensively and on the boards tonight," said Fortner. "Camille Glymph definitely took advantage of that first start and knocked down shots and really kept us in the ballgame for a large part of the night, so I was proud of that. We just have to keep working and keep getting better and taking care of the basketball."
Auburn never trailed against Big East member South Florida, taking an early 8-0 lead over the Bulls. South Florida closed the gap to two, 11-9, with 13:46 left in the game, but the Tigers pulled away and out-scored the Bulls 16-10 the rest of the half for a 27-19 halftime lead.
Auburn led by as many as 12 points in the first half. The Bulls' 19 first-half points marked the fourth time this season for the Tigers to hold their opponent to less than 20 points in a half.
The Tigers kept rolling in the second half, opening up on a 20-5 run to lead 47-24 with 13:34 left in the game. The Bulls tried to battle back in, using their defense to cut the Auburn lead to as few as 11 points, but Auburn never dropped below double figures and held on for the 62-45 win.
The 17-point victory marked the Tigers' fifth win by double figures in their eight games this season.
Jasmine Wynne led South Florida with 17 points, seven steals and five rebounds. Caitlin Rowe came off the bench to add 10 points for the Bulls.
Auburn was 39.1 percent (18-of-46) from the field, but was 41.2 percent (7-of-17) from 3-point range. The Tigers held South Florida to 29.3 percent (17-of-58) from the field and just one 3-pointer. The Tigers also won the rebound battle, 48-29.
The Tigers will play their last home game of 2011 on Sunday as Auburn hosts No. 22 Purdue (7-3). Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT, from Auburn Arena.