No. 6 Tennessee beats Auburn 54-42 notwithstanding season-low points

January 16, 2015 - Finding Carter

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) The Tennessee Lady Vols were in a murky mood, anticipating copiousness of error with their offense, invulnerability and rebounding

Sometimes winning by a dozen points isn’t adequate for a sixth-ranked Lady Vols, who smothered Auburn defensively in a 54-42 feat on Thursday night.

”I consider if we were to travel into a locker room somebody competence have suspicion we lost,” pronounced Andraya Carter, who scored 11 points and done 3 first-half 3-pointers. ”It’s a win though it doesn’t feel like a win. It doesn’t feel like a Lady Vol win.

”It’s always good to win, though infrequently how we win and a approach we go about winning is some-more important.”

The Lady Vols (15-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) weren’t threatened most in a second half, with both teams relating their season-lows in points. Tennessee carries an 11-game win strain into Monday night’s diversion during No. 7 Notre Dame though left Auburn Arena feeling a group needs a most improved opening to have a chance.

”The final dual games for us, we were underachieving,” pronounced Tennessee manager Holly Warlick. ”You can’t continue to win games when you’re not bringing your best.

”Our offense influenced a defense. We missed easy shots. Defensively, we consider we’re plain and we gave adult 18 descent rebounds. It’s eventually going to come behind and locate adult to you.”

Jordan Reynolds also had 11 points on 5-of-6 sharpened to compare her career high for Tennessee, that hold a fifth true competition next 60 points. Cierra Burdick scored 10 points and Isabelle Harrison had 9 points and 11 rebounds after a scoreless initial half.

Tra’Cee Tanner led a Tigers (9-9, 0-5) with 14 points. Hasina Muhammad, Brandy Montgomery and Katie Frerking scored 8 every for Auburn.

Carter didn’t measure in a second half though had 4 assists and 4 steals.

But a Lady Vols thrived especially by gripping a Tigers, who led by 3 points 10 mins into a game, from consistently scoring.

Tennessee built a 13-point lead over a initial 8 mins of a second half before Auburn started to cut into it. Frerking strike a 3-pointer after Tanner grabbed an descent miscarry to trim Tennessee’s lead to 42-35 with 10 mins left. It was as tighten as Auburn could get and a Tigers would go scarcely 4 mins but scoring.

Auburn was only 19-of-59 sharpened (32.2 percent).

”We’re on a six-game losing streak,” pronounced Tigers manager Terri Williams-Flournoy. ”We don’t have time for a dignified victory. We make shots, we win this game. That’s only a bottom line.”

The Lady Vols sealed a initial half on an 8-2 run to take a 26-18 lead, including dual 3-pointers by Carter. The Tigers didn’t measure over a final 3 minutes.

It still wasn’t a quite gratifying win for Tennessee.

”That wasn’t Tennessee basketball, and we’ve got to do improved as a whole on a defensive finish and a descent end,” Burdick said.


Tennessee: Has won 13 of final 14 meetings in Auburn and 8 true overall.

Auburn: Has unsuccessful to strech 60 points during a losing streak.


Both teams attempted only 6 giveaway throws apiece, with Tennessee creation 5 and Auburn two. They were whistled for a total 17 fouls, including 10 opposite a Lady Vols.


Auburn has scored fewer than 20 points in a initial half of 3 true games, including 17 opposite No. 1 South Carolina and 12 opposite Hampton. Tanner was 4-of-5 sharpened before halftime; a rest of a group was 4-of-26.


The Lady Vols’ heading scorer Ariel Massengale had only 5 points, 7 next her average. She had reached double digits in scoring in 6 true games.


Tennessee visits No. 7 Notre Dame Monday night.

Auburn visits Alabama Thursday night.

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