Vandy Holds Off Auburn's 2nd Half Rally

The Auburn women's basketball team couldn't handle 14th-ranked Vanderbilt on Thursday night.

Nashville, Tenn.--The Auburn women's basketball team dug itself into a major halftime hole and couldn't climb out despite scoring 45 points in the second half as the Tigers fell 66-58 to Vanderbilt on Thursday night.

The Commodores improved to 14-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC as Christina Foggie burned the Tigers with 27 points. She hit six of eight three-point shots.

Auburn, which fell to 9-8 overall and 1-3 in the SEC, was led by 14 points from sophomore forward Tyrese Tanner in a reserve role.

After trailing 29-13 the Tigers cut the lead to five points late in the game, but that was as close as they would get.

"Again, we fought hard, but we have got to quit being too little, too late," said Auburn coach Nell Fortner.

Vandy, which is ranked 14th nationally, finished the first half with a 21-4 run to build the large lead, which it extended to 20 points in the second half.

"We have to find a way to be more consistent in the first half so we aren't down so much," said Fortner, whose Tigers lost for the 18th straight time to the Commodores.

Chantel Hilliard scored 11 points for the Tigers before being sidelined late in the game by a flagrant foul to the head that knocked her out of the contest.

Point guard Najat "Jet" Ouardad only scored by four points, but helped spark the comeback attempt with good defensive pressure and seven steals. "I thought Jet was a really good leader for us," Fortner said.

The Tigers will play next at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Arkansas.

AUBURN (58)

Tanner, Tyrese 7-11 0-1 14; Hilliard, Chantel 3-6 5-6 11; Alverson, Blanche 3-9 1-2 9; Glymph, Camille 3-7 0-0 9; Williams, Jassany 2-5 0-0 4; Ouardad, Najat 2-5 0-0 4; Jennings, Morgan 1-6 2-2 4; Muhammad, Hasina 1-8 1-2 3; Davis, Peyton 0-0 0-0 0; Simmons, Parrisha 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 9-13 58.

VANDERBILT (66)

FOGGIE, Christina 7-11 7-7 27; CLARKE, Tiffany 3-7 6-9 12; LISTER, Jasmine 4-8 2-2 11; BROWN, Elan 2-4 1-2 6; HOLZER, Stephanie 2-6 2-3 6; SCHRANN, Kady 0-1 2-2 2; SMITH, Gabby 1-1 0-0 2; WATKINS, Clair 0-3 0-0 0; COLEMAN, Jordan 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 19-43 20-27 66.

Auburn 13 45 58
Vandy 29 37 66

3-point goals--Auburn 5-17 (Glymph, Camille 3-6; Alverson, Blanche 2-5; Ouardad, Najat 0-3; Muhammad, Hasina 0-1; Tanner, Tyrese 0-2), Vanderbilt 8-13 (FOGGIE, Christina 6-8; LISTER, Jasmine 1-2; BROWN, Elan 1-2; SCHRANN, Kady 0-1).
Fouled out--Auburn-Muhammad, Hasina, Vanderbilt-None.
Rebounds--Auburn 30 (Jennings, Morgan 6), Vanderbilt 35 (CLARKE, Tiffany 8).
Assists--Auburn 10 (Ouardad, Najat 6), Vanderbilt 13 (LISTER, Jasmine 5).
Total fouls--Auburn 23, Vanderbilt 12.
Technical fouls--Auburn-None, Vanderbilt-None.
Att--3,683


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