TOWSON, Md. -- Freshman guard Janiah McKay posted career-highs in points and rebounds to lead the Auburn women's basketball team to a 74-52 win at Towson on Sunday afternoon.
Auburn (9-2) finished off a 2-0 weekend in Towson with Sunday's win, following a 69-54 victory over Coppin State on Saturday. The Tigers finished with four players in double figures and held Towson (2-7) to 20 points below their season scoring average.
McKay's 23 points and seven rebounds were the best numbers of her young career, including a 5-for-9 day from 3-point range, and she also contributed three assists, a block and a steal in the winning effort. She was making just the third start of her freshman season in place of injured junior guard Khady Dieng.
"That was a good day for Janiah," Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "I told her at halftime, 'They're not guarding you. You are our scorer.' And it's been a little rough for her because she's been trying to do everything else. But today, they weren't guarding her, and we needed her to score. And she did."
Despite playing less than 24 hours before - while Towson had not played in 14 days - the Tigers showed no signs of fatigue late in the game. In fact, the Tigers were the stronger team in the closing minutes, holding Towson to just one field goal and seven points in the fourth quarter.
"Our strength and conditioning coach, Greg Werner, and Cindy Campbell, our athletic trainer, did a great job last night with recovery," Williams-Flournoy said. "Cindy got them in the ice tubs, we made our own whirlpool, and Coach G got them set up with recovery (workouts). I thought both of them did a very good job getting them ready to play."
Tra'Cee Tanner finished one rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards, and Katie Frerking hit her first six shots en route to a 15-point, eight-rebound, four-steal day. Jazmine Jones was the Tigers' fourth player in double digits, scoring 10 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals.
Brandy Montgomery had a rare off-day shooting the ball, going scoreless in the game, but contributed to the effort with six rebounds and four assists. Freshman Erica Sanders contributed eight points and six rebounds off the bench, and senior Cabriana Capers gave Auburn 12 good minutes with four points and four rebounds.
Auburn shot 43.9 percent for the game, including 8-of-19 (42.1%) from 3-point range and 8-of-12 at the free-throw line. Towson, meanwhile, shot 28.6 percent from the floor, including 21.9 percent in the second half.
Auburn led 21-13 after one quarter, but Towson cut into the lead early in the second period and tied the game at 25-all midway through the period. Auburn finished the second quarter on a 7-0 run over the final 90 seconds and took a 37-27 lead into the locker room.
The Tigers pulled away early in both the third and fourth quarters. Auburn opened the third quarter on a 7-2 run in the first 1:40 to take a 15-point lead, then turned a 13-point third-quarter lead into a 19-point advantage as Tanner scored six straight points to open the fourth quarter.
Auburn concludes the home portion of its non-conference schedule Wednesday night, Dec. 23, as George Mason visits Auburn Arena for a 6 p.m. tip. The first 500 fans will receive an Auburn women's basketball holiday ornament.