March 26, 2013
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By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN - Tyrese Tanner isn't revealing the secret to her WNIT success.
"I don't even know," she says.
But the red-hot Auburn player is passing around credit to her teammates as the Tigers head to Wednesday's 6 p.m. WNIT third-round game against Tulane in Auburn Arena. Tanner, who has scored 29 and 24 points in consecutive tournament games, says her success has been due to "just great passes from my teammates and us being able to get steals in the press and just being wide-open and being able to knock the shot down."
Simple enough when it all clicks, and it has clicked for Auburn in an 80-57 win over UAB and an 84-66 win over Western Kentucky in the tournament. Tanner's 53 points in those two games have come on 22-of-41 shooting. She's thrown in 12 rebounds and steals for good measure.
"Ty is really playing well right now, the light bulb has gone off in her head and she has realized how good she can really be," said Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.
"She's played in a lot of games and I think she's playing with a lot of confidence. Her teammates are really feeding her the ball and giving her the confidence. But more importantly, she's playing at the top of our press, and that's where I say the team has really matured and grown."
Auburn knows Tulane. The Tigers rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit on to beat the Green Wave 70-65 on Nov. 28 in New Orleans.
"The stat line in that game, between then and now, was really kind of bad," said center Peyton Davis.
Auburn has an 18-14 record. Tulane is 24-8. The Green Wave figures it should have at least one more win.
"I remember the post-game their quotes were they should have beaten us," Davis said.
That was then. Not much has changed.
"That was one of those games that -- as my mother would say - 'got stuck in our craw' and we really were frustrated with how we lost that one," said Tulane coach Lisa Stockton. "Auburn is a very good team. They're very athletic and we're going to have to do some special things. It does make you have...a little bit of a revenge factor going into it."
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