TOWSON, Md. -- Brandy Montgomery posted her fifth straight game with 20 or more points to lead Auburn to a 69-54 win over Coppin State Saturday afternoon at Towson's SECU Arena.
The Tigers (8-2) overcame a sloppy start to the game and general all-around miscues throughout to pull away midway through the second half and secure their third neutral-site win of the season.
Auburn broke open a close game early in the third quarter, opening the period on a 15-4 run to turn a three-point lead into a 14-point advantage at 46-32. The Eagles rallied to cut the deficit to just nine points at the end of three quarters at 50-41, but a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter pushed Auburn's advantage to 18, and the Eagles got no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Montgomery finished with 24 points, scoring 18 of them in the second half as Auburn shot 52 percent in the final 20 minutes. She is now averaging 19.7 points per game and continues to lead the SEC in scoring. In Saturday's game, she was 8-of-13 from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, and added three steals and three rebounds.
Tra'Cee Tanner scored 16 points along with five rebounds and three steals, and Jazmine Jones was 4-of-5 from the field and 5-of-7 at the free-throw line to post a 13-point day. Senior Cabriana Capers was the Tigers' leading rebounder off the bench, matching a career-high with eight boards.
Katie Frerking had just four points but filled the stat sheet with a career-high eight assists along with six rebounds, a block and a steal.
Despite committing 26 turnovers and giving up 20 offensive rebounds, the Tigers shot 49.0 percent from the field and held Coppin State (2-8) to a 33.8-percent day. Auburn was 6-of-13 from 3-point range while holding the Eagles to a 1-of-13 day from outside.
Auburn led 31-28 at halftime, but let the Eagles close the second period on a 6-0 run after the Tigers had led by as many as nine points. The Tigers shot 45.8 percent in the first half but turned the ball over 14 times in the first 20 minutes and gave up nine offensive rebounds.
Coppin State was led by Janelle Lane with 13 points and Amber Griffin with 12.
The Tigers will be back in SECU Arena Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. CT game against homestanding Towson. Andy Burcham will have the radio broadcast on WINGS 94.3 FM.