LSU Holds Off AU In SEC Women's Tournament

The Auburn women's basketball team rallied but came up short in the SEC Tournament.

Duluth, Ga.--Auburn rallied from 18 points down but came up short to LSU, falling in a second round SEC Women's Basketball Tournament Game at the Gwinnett Center.

Freshman Chadarryl Clay's long three-point attempt to beat the buzzer hit the rim to end the game on Thursday night. The Tigers' record fell to 16-14 while LSU improved to 20-10, advancing to a quarterfinals matchup vs. Georgia on Friday.

"I thought they gave a great effort in the second half, it just took too long to play," Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "If we'd have come with that same type of intensity at the start of the game, we wouldn't have been in the situation to be down by 18."

The Tigers outscored LSU 16-4 in the final 8:30 of the game and cut the gap to two points, but never managed to pull even. Auburn was down 39-24 at halftime.

"I told them in the locker room we had to attack the basket, we were just standing out there settling for jump shots," Williams-Flournoy said. "Every game that they've won, teams have just stood out there and shot jump shots, and that's how they lose the ball game. We had to attack the basket and get to the free throw line.

"I told them in the locker room at halftime that we had to play for the name on the front of our jerseys," Williams-Flournoy added. "We had fans to come down, we had our administration here. You have to show our fans and administration some effort. They worked extremely hard to help us get to where we are, and you're not even playing hard. That's not who we are. That's not what we do."

Auburn cut LSU's lead to 10 points less than three minutes into the second half, but the Bayou Bengals went on a 12-4 run to build the lead to 18.

The Tigers cut the lead to five points with less than six minutes to play, but LSU hung on for the victory.

Senior Blanche Alverson led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points and in rebounds with nine. Clay added 14 points and Tyrese Tanner scored 11.

Blanche Alverson 7-17 1-2 17; Chadarryl Clay 4-7 5-6 14; Tyrese Tanner 4-15 3-6 11; Jet Ouardad 2-2 2-2 7; Peyton Davis 2-4 1-1 5; Tra'cee Tanner 2-6 0-2 4; Hasina Muhammad 2-7 0-0 4; Cabriana Capers 0-0 0-0 0; Julie King 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 23-62 12-19 62.

LSU (65)
Webb, Adrienne 7-12 3-4 18; Plaisance, Theresa 5-14 3-4 15; Lutley, Bianca 3-6 2-4 8; Pederson, Anne 4-7 0-0 8; Youngblood, Derreyal 3-6 0-0 6; Kenney, Jeanne 1-4 1-2 4; McKinney, Shanece 1-3 2-2 4; Ballard, Danielle 1-5 0-1 2. Totals 25-57 11-17 65.

AUBURN 24 38 62
LSU 39 26 65

3-point goals--AUBURN 4-15 (Blanche Alverson 2-9; Chadarryl Clay 1-3; Najat Ouardad 1-1; Tyrese Tanner 0-2), LSU 4-11 (Plaisance, Theresa 2-4; Kenney, Jeanne 1-2; Webb, Adrienne 1-3; Lutley, Bianca 0-2).
Fouled out--AUBURN-Hasina Muhammad, LSU-None.
Rebounds--AUBURN 39 (Blanche Alverson 9), LSU 38 (Plaisance, Theresa 14).
Assists--AUBURN 6 (Hasina Muhammad 2), LSU 16 (Lutley, Bianca 4; Ballard, Danielle 4).
Total fouls--AUBURN 18, LSU 16.
Technical fouls--AUBURN-None, LSU-None.

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