Auburn women end Vanderbilt's streak, 68-62

Terri Williams-Flournoy directed Auburn to its first win over Vanderbilt in 14 years (Anthony Hall photo)
 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
 After 14 years and 21 consecutive losses to Vanderbilt, Auburn's women's basketball team broke through Thursday night at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.
 
Senior Tyrese Tanner's jump shot gave the Tigers the lead for good as they beat No. 16 Vanderbilt 68-62.
 
Not since 2000, when Joe Ciampi was the head coach, had Auburn beaten Vanderbilt. Second-year Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy got it done, avenging a 74-65 loss to the Commodores at Auburn Arena on Jan. 9.
 
Peyton Davis and Kiani Parker each connected on two free throws to keep Vanderbilt at bay as Auburn won its third consecutive game and its first this season over a ranked team.
 
Vanderbilt rallied from a 29-21 halftime deficit and led 55-54 with 5:00 left in the game, but Tra'Cee Tanner scored inside as the Tigers reclaimed the lead and did not trail again.
 
Tyrece Tanner led Auburn with 18 points. Peyton Davis scored 12 points and had eight rebounds off the bench. Freshman Brandy Montgomery scored 13 points. Christine Foggle scored 24 points for the Commodores, but she was alone in double figures.
 
Auburn improved to 13-10 overall and 4-6 in the SEC. Vanderbilt fell to 17-6 and 6-4.
 
The Tigers shot a blistering 64 percent from the field in the second half, hitting 16-of-25 from the field and finished at 51.8 percent, hitting 29-of-56. They scored 19 points off 16 turnovers to overcome being outrebounded 36-26. Despite the rebounding margin, they had eight second-chance points to Vanderbilt's 6. Vanderbilt shot 43.4 percent on 23-of-53 from the field.
 
Auburn returns home Sunday to play Missouri at 2 p.m. The 1988, 1989 and 1990 teams that reached the NCAA championship game will be honored.