Turnovers Key UK Victory Over Fortner's Team

The Auburn women's basketball team couldn't hang with sixth-ranked Kentucky.

Auburn, Ala.--The Tigers fell below .500 for the first time this season as the turnover-plagued AU women's basketball team was defeated 66-48 on Thursday night by sixth-ranked Kentucky.

Auburn, which fell to 10-11 overall and 2-6 in the SEC, led 16-11 midway through the first half, but Kentucky took control of the game with an 18-0 run thanks to its full-court pressure defense.

Kentucky, which improved to 8-0 in the SEC and 19-2 overall, led 31-20 at halftime. Auburn cut the margin to 7-0, but an 11-0 UK run put the game out of reach.

The Wildcats scored 38 points off of 30 turnovers by the Tigers. For the season Kentucky is forcing an average of 29 turnovers per contest.

"They just play with a frantic pace that it makes you play ugly," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said of the Wildcats.

Blanche Alverson shoots for the Tigers.

Blanche Alverson led Auburn in scoring with 15 points while Morgan Jennings added 10. A'dia Mathies, a junior guard, led UK in scoring with 20 points.

Auburn returns to action at 1 p.m. on Sunday playing Ole Miss on the road in Oxford, Miss.

KENTUCKY (66) Mathies, A'dia 7-16 3-5 20; Conwright, Maegan 5-6 0-0 10; Pinkett, Bernisha 4-10 0-0 8; Goss, Bria 2-6 1-2 6; Walker, Samarie 1-11 4-5 6; Evans, Kastine 2-6 0-0 6; Smith, Amber 2-2 0-0 4; Bishop, Azia 0-4 3-6 3; Riley, Crystal 0-0 3-5 3; Henderson, Brittany 0-2 0-0 0; Drake, Samantha 0-0 0-0 0; Snowden, Keyla 0-1 0-0 0; O'Neill, Jennifer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-64 14-23 66.

AUBURN (148) Alverson, Blanche 6-11 0-0 15; Jennings, Morgan 5-6 0-0 10; Glymph, Camille 2-5 3-5 9; Tanner, Tyrese 3-9 0-2 6; Hilliard, Chantel 3-5 0-0 6; Williams, Jassany 1-1 0-0 2; Davis, Peyton 0-0 0-0 0; Simmons, Parrisha 0-0 0-0 0; Ouardad, Najat 0-1 0-0 0; Muhammad, Hasina 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 20-44 3-7 48.

Kentucky 31 35 66
Auburn 20 28 48

3-point goals--Kentucky 6-19 (Mathies, A'dia 3-9; Evans, Kastine 2-5; Goss, Bria 1-2; Snowden, Keyla 0-1; Pinkett, Bernisha 0-2), Auburn 5-11 (Alverson, Blanche 3-6; Glymph, Camille 2-4; Muhammad, Hasina 0-1).
Fouled out--Kentucky-None, Auburn-None.
Rebounds--Kentucky 38 (Walker, Samarie 15), Auburn 34 (Williams, Jassany 5; Hilliard, Chantel 5).

Assists--Kentucky 9 (Mathies, A'dia 3; Goss, Bria 3), Auburn 14 (Muhammad, Hasina 5).
Total fouls--Kentucky 14, Auburn 19.
Technical fouls--Kentucky-None, Auburn-None.
Att.--2,788

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