Dec. 19, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn women's basketball team is 8-3 on the season as the Tigers prepare for their final two non-conference games. After a four-game homestand, Auburn will hit the road for a pair of games at the Subway Classic in Minneapolis, Minn.
With her 37 points in two games this week, senior Tyrese Tanner moved into Auburn's top-25 career scoring list. With 1,116 career points, she passed former Tiger Samantha Williams (1991-96) to take over No. 25 on the list. She enters this weekend's games just 20 points behind No. 24 Tiffany Krantz.
After playing a close first half, Auburn put together a 30-0 run over 10:08 in the second half against Florida A&M to put the game away. After leading by just six at halftime, Auburn pulled away and led by as many as 42 in the second half (the Tigers' largest lead in any game this season) before taking the 92-55 win.
Auburn put up 92 points against Florida A&M, the second-most scored by the Tigers in the Coach Flo Era. AU scored 93 points last season against Alabama A&M, the top scoring output under Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.
The 10-second backcourt violation is a new rule in collegiate women's basketball this season, one that Auburn had only managed to utilize once in the first nine games - forcing a 10-second call against Georgia Southern in the season-opener. In the last two games, they have come in a flurry as Auburn forced six against Florida A&M and Presbyterian. With four alone against Presbyterian, three of them came in consecutive possessions in the second half.
In the first 10 games of the season, Auburn held its opponent to 20 or fewer points in a half three times. The Tiger defense flexed against Presbyterian as Auburn held the Blue Hose to season-lows of 15 points in the first half and 12 in the second half. Presbyterian scored 27 points in the game, the fewest allowed by Auburn since a 76-27 win over New Orleans on Dec. 9, 2004.
20 AND 10
Against Presbyterian, Auburn forced 23 turnovers, marking the sixth time this season for the Tigers to force 20 or more turnovers in a game. Auburn also picked up 13 steals in the win, giving the Tigers their sixth game this season with 10 or more steals.
Auburn will close out non-conference play this weekend at the Subway Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. The Tigers will first play UCLA, a NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, before wrapping up non-conference play against host Minnesota, a WNIT team last year. SEC play will open on Sunday, Jan. 5 at Mississippi State.
Play continues at 2 p.m. CT, Saturday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis as the Tigers take on UCLA (4-5). Play against Minnesota (9-2) is set for 2 p.m., Sunday. Fans can listen locally on WGZZ 94.3 FM (UCLA), WANI 98.7 FM (Minnesota) or listen online on AuburnTigers.com/AllAccess.