Dec. 22, 2012
AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball game picked up its seventh-straight win and 10th of the season with an 85-49 victory over Jacksonville Saturday at Auburn Arena. The Tigers improved to 10-2, while the Dolphins fell to 4-7. The seven-game winning streak is the longest for the Tigers since winning the first 20 games of the 2008-09 season.
"I thought our young ladies did a really good job," Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "We really focused on getting the ball inside, and after Peyton (Davis) got hurt, I thought Tra'cee (Tanner) stepped in and did a really good job. I thought the team did a really good job of getting the ball inside. That's why we came up with 28 assists in the game."
Despite not scoring, Najat Ouardad picked up one third of Auburn's assists, setting her career-high with nine.
Tra'Cee Tanner led the Tigers in scoring and notched her first double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Tra'Cee Tanner shot 83 percent from the floor with a career-high 10 field goals made. She and her sister, Tyrese, combined for their best game of the season with 37 points and 15 rebounds. Tyrese Tanner tied her season high in field goals made, shooting 7-for-15 from the floor, to score 16.
For the younger Tanner, she is the first Auburn freshman to notch a double-double since the 2005-06 season. The last freshman to do it was DeWanna Bonner with 25 points and 13 rebounds against South Carolina on March 2, 2006.
In addition to the Tanner duo, Blanche Alverson and Hasina Muhammad posted double figures for the second-consecutive game, as Alverson finished with 16 and Muhammad with 10. Muhammad remains the only player in the SEC to have scored in double figures in each game this season, and 14-straight dating back to the last two games of the 2011-12 season.
The Tigers employed a 12-1 run to jump out to an early 14-4 lead over Jacksonville. After a 3-pointer from Maggie Wilson cut Auburn's lead back to seven, the Tigers held the Dolphins without a field goal for more than four minutes of play.
Auburn increased its lead to as many as 24 points with 5:04 remaining in the half and took a comfortable 43-22 lead into the locker room.
Tyrese Tanner exploded for the Tigers in the first half with 13 points, while Ouardad tied her career high in assists with eight before the break. Auburn utilized its press to create 13 first half turnovers, resulting in 17 points off turnovers.
Jacksonville was hot from beyond the arc as 18 of the Dolphins' 22 first-half points came from 6-of-13 shooting (46.2 percent) from 3-point range.
The Tigers brought the same effort and intensity in the second half, never allowing the lead to slip below 19. Tra'Cee Tanner picked up 14 of her 21 points in the remaining 20 minutes, while Muhammad picked up eight of her 10 and Alverson earned nine of her 16.
Auburn limited Jacksonville's leading scorers to a combined 11 points. Leading scorer Jade Cargill finished with just four, while Tracie Sneed added seven. Briona Brown led the Dolphins with 13, while Queen Alford tallied 10.
The Tigers will take a week off before returning to the court for their final non-conference game of the season as they take on Samford (5-5), Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. CT. The Bulldogs are coming off a 63-51 loss at Clemson on Saturday.