Nov. 12, 2012
AUBURN - After a career performance last weekend at the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational, Auburn junior Tyrese Tanner has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. She is the first player to earn the honor this season and earns it for the first time in her career.
Tanner, a native of Birmingham, Ala., scored a career-high 26 points against North Carolina State in the Wolfpack invitational Championship Game. Her 26-point effort came one day after she opened the season with 15 points against Maine. She leads Auburn in scoring with 20.5 points per game.
Her 26 points, the most scored by a player in the SEC this season, were the most for a Tiger since Blanche Alverson scored 27 on Jan. 13, 2011. She is also Auburn's first SEC Player of the Week since Alverson won following that performance.
Tanner did more than score in the opening weekend of play. Tanner also leads Auburn in rebounding with 8.5 per game. She pulled down a career-high nine boards against Maine and followed up with eight against the Wolfpack. She also averaged 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game on the weekend.
For her efforts at the tournament, Tanner was also named to the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational All-Tournament Team, alongside teammate Hasina Muhammad.
Auburn will return to the court this week with a pair of home games. The Tigers will play their home-opener at 6 p.m., Thursday against Alabama State. Auburn will remain at home for a 2 p.m., Sunday game against Alabama A&M at Auburn Arena.