Auburn advanced to the round of 32 of the women's basketball tournament with an 80-57 victory over UAB on Wednesday night. On Thursday night Western Kentucky rallied late to send the game into overtime before pulling out an 88-77 victory over East Carolina.
The Hilltoppers will bring a 22-10 record into the contest while Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy's Tigers have a 17-14 record.
The Tigers got a career-high 29 points from junior guard Tyrese Tanner on Thursday night.
Tyrese Tanner has won praise from her head coach for good defensive play in addition to being an offensive threat.
Auburn was on top 27-22 at halftime, but took control of the contest early in the second period after the Blazers cut the lead to three points.
"I felt that all of us were sloppy during the first half in executing our plays," Tanner said. "We had a talk during halftime and I think we executed pretty well and had open shots."
Auburn scored 53 points in the second half, its highest total of the season for any half.
Williams-Flournoy agreed with Tanner and said, "I think that was kind of a wake-up call because I told them at halftime when they had cut it to five right there going into halftime, this was a team that had played well throughout their conference and was a very good team. Anytime they can make a run on us if we continued to play as bad as we did.
"I think when they cut it to three, I think it kind of woke us up like, ‘Wait a minute. If we don't start playing better, we're going to be done.'"
Auburn improved its all-time record in WNIT games to 9-2 with the victory over UAB.