Tanner And "Jet" Spark AU Victory Over Bama

The Auburn women's basketball team won its SEC road opener at Alabama.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball team evened its SEC record at 1-1 with a 65-55 victory over Alabama on Thursday night as sophomore forward Tyrese Tanner scored a career-high 20 points for the Tigers.

Auburn improved to 9-6 with the victory while Alabama fell to 10-6 overall and 0-2 in the SEC.

Freshman guard Hasina Muhammad scored 12 points for Coach Nell Fortner's Tigers and junior forward Blanche Alverson added 11.

The Tigers got eight points, four steals and two assists from juco transfer point guard Najat "Jet" Ouardad.

"We battled so hard tonight, it was a hard-fought game," Fortner said. "We just could not find a rhythm for a while offensively, but little Najat came in there and did some really nice things for us. Then Hasina Muhammad and Tyrese Tanner came in and had a really nice second half for us.

"Tyrese did a good job, got some great minutes out of her tonight," added Fortner, who improved her Auburn record to 12-3 in games vs. Alabama. "She really came in tough and Hasina also. I just thought we had to be more aggressive in the game and they brought that for us."

Alabama led early by as many as nine points, but by halftime the lead was just 26-24. Auburn took the lead for good with a 9-2 run to pull ahead 46-39 with 9:53 to play and built the margin to as many as 12 points.

Auburn held Alabama to 31.8 percent shooting while the Tigers hit 42.1 percent of their shots.

The Tigers will look for their 10th win as they take on Georgia at 1 p.m. CST on Sunday at the Auburn Arena.

AUBURN (65)

Tanner, Tyrese 6-9 8-12 20; Muhammad, Hasina 4-15 4-6 12; Alverson, Blanche 5-8 0-0 11; Ouardad, Najat 3-6 2-3 8; Hilliard, Chantel 3-7 0-0 6; Glymph, Camille 2-6 0-1 5; Williams, Jassany 1-2 0-0 2; Jennings, Morgan 0-3 1-2 1; Simmons, Parrisha 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 15-24 65.

ALABAMA (10-6, 0-2 SEC)

Myers, Shafontaye 6-15 0-0 13; Russell, Ericka 4-9 0-0 12; Perkins, Meghan 1-8 5-7 7; Crosby, Kyra 3-12 1-2 7; Robinson, Jasmine 3-10 0-1 6; Merritt, Jessica 2-6 0-0 4; Hogue, Erin 1-2 2-4 4; Lee, Khristin 1-4 0-2 2; Farmer, Celiscia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-66 8-16 55.

Auburn 24 41 65
Alabama 26 29 55

3-point goals--Auburn 2-12 (Glymph, Camille 1-4; Alverson, Blanche 1-4; Ouardad, Najat 0-1; Muhammad, Hasina 0-3), Alabama 5-15 (Russell, Ericka 4-6; Myers, Shafontaye 1-5; Robinson, Jasmine 0-3; Perkins, Meghan 0-1).
Fouled out--Auburn-None, Alabama-None. Rebounds--Auburn 44 (Hilliard, Chantel 7; Alverson, Blanche 7), Alabama 44 (Hogue, Erin 9).
Assists--Auburn 9 (Tanner, Tyrese 2; Simmons, Parrisha 2; Ouardad, Najat 2; Jennings, Morgan 2), Alabama 9 (Myers, Shafontaye 4).
Total fouls--Auburn 13, Alabama 18.
Technical fouls--Auburn-Muhammad, Hasina, Alabama-None.


Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories