Coach Flo's Tigers Knock Off No. 16 Vandy

The Auburn women's basketball team earned a road victory over a nationally-ranked opponent.

Nashville, Tenn.--The Auburn women's basketball team picked up its first victory over a ranked team this season and ended a long losing streak to Vanderbilt in the process.

With senior Tyrese Tanner leading the way with 18 points and senior Peyton Davis adding 12 points and eight rebounds, Auburn ended a 21-game losing streak in games vs. the Commodores with a 68-62 decision. Auburn's last season vs. Vandy came in 2000 in Nashville.

Tanner's running shot from the right side put Auburn up for good at 64-62 with 24 seconds left.

The Tigers improved to 14-10 overall and 5-6 in the SEC while the 16th-ranked Commodores improved to 17-7 overall and 6-5 in the SEC.

Auburn shot 51.8 percent from the field while holding the home team to 43.4 percent.

The Tigers hit 8-12 free throws, including both ends of one-and-ones in the closing seconds by Davis and point guard Kiani Parker to ice the victory. The free throws were the only points of the night for Parker, who contributed 11 assists.

Freshman Brandi Montgomery scored 13 points for Auburn while Tra'Cee Tanner added 10.

"They came out and played hard and continued to fight the whole game," said Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, whose team jumped off to an 8-0 start and led 29-21 at halftime.

"I thought we set the tone right away both offensively and defensively," Auburn's second-year head coach said.

Asked about the Tigers ending the losing streak to Vandy, Williams-Flournoy said, "Oh, I didn't even know the streak was that much. It's the one thing we didn't tell our players this time because I think they listened to it too much last time. People kept saying 'you haven't beat Vandy in so many years, you haven't beat Vandy, you haven't beat Vandy.'

"I said we're not listening to that anymore. Right now, under me, we're 0-2 against Vandy. We're not 0-100 against Vandy, we're 0-2. And both of those games we played well enough. We went back and looked at all the reasons why we lost, and we didn't want to do that again."

"One thing we corrected today was turnovers, which we still had 11 turnovers, but off of the turnovers they had 13 points," the coach said. :The last game we had 22 turnovers and they had 28 points off of well as off of the free throw line. They went 12 -19 from the free throw line. Last time we gave them 20 points off of the free throw line so those were two of the biggest areas that are under our control that we could change.

"You can't control Vandy. Vandy is a very good team. They shoot the ball too well, they've got seniors, they've got veteran players. It was a game where we had to take care of ourselves first. I thought we did a great job of that today."

Auburn returns to action with a 2 p.m. home game on Sunday vs. Missouri.

Tanner, Tyrese 8-14 2-4 18; Montgomery, Brandy 6-9 0-0 13; Davis, Peyton 5-9 2-3 12; Tanner, Tra'Cee 5-7 0-0 10; Muhammad, Hasina 3-6 2-3 8; Dieng, Khady 1-3 0-0 3; Parker, Kiani 0-4 2-2 2; Tucker, Meagan 1-1 0-0 2; Capers, Cabriana 0-2 0-0 0; Frerking, Katie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-56 8-12 68.

VANDERBILT (17-7, 6-5 SEC)
Christina Foggie 9-15 4-8 24; Jasmine Lister 3-9 0-2 8; Marqu'es Webb 3-9 0-0 6; Morgan Batey 2-5 2-2 6; Kylee Smith 1-2 3-4 5; Rayte'a Long 2-4 0-0 4; Jasmine Jenkins 1-1 2-2 4; Heather Bowe 1-2 1-1 3; Kady Schrann 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 23-53 12-19 62.

Auburn 29 39 68
Vandy 21 41 62

3-point goals--Auburn 2-8 (Dieng, Khady 1-3; Montgomery, Brandy 1-3; Muhammad, Hasina 0-1; Frerking, Katie 0-1), Vanderbilt 4-12 (Christina Foggie 2-8; Jasmine Lister 2-3; Kady Schrann 0-1).
Fouled out--Auburn-Tanner, Tra'Cee, Vanderbilt-Kylee Smith.
Rebounds--Auburn 26 (Davis, Peyton 8), Vanderbilt 36 (Marqu'es Webb 9).
Assists--Auburn 21 (Parker, Kiani 11), Vanderbilt 13 (Kady Schrann 3; Christina Foggie 3).
Total fouls--Auburn 23, Vanderbilt 14.
Technical fouls--Auburn-None, Vanderbilt-None.

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