Coach Flo's Tigers Sweep Tide in Double OT

The Auburn women's basketball rallied from 17 points down to defeat rival Alabama and sweep the season series vs. the Tide.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat Alabama 70-65 in double overtime in an SEC women's basketball game on Thursday night at Auburn Arena.

The Tigers, who trailed 31-18 at halftime, swept the season series vs. their in-state rival as senior Tyrese Tanner led the charge with 26 points and 11 rebounds for Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy's Tigers in their final home game of the season.

Tyrese Tanner shoots for the Tigers. The senior and her sister, center Tra'cee Tanner, both fouled in the overtime periods.

Auburn took the lead for good on a running bank shot by junior guard Hasina Muhammad with 33 seconds to play.

"It's not the shot we imagined," Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "The play was designed for her to come up the middle, it was an isolation play. Brandy (Montgomery) was in the corner so they weren't going to come off of her. We really wanted her to catch it and rip through, she hesitated, but then she finally went.

"That was a great shot for Hasina, she really needed that," the coach said. "She has started to feel better the last couple games. Cindy, our trainer, has done a great job of getting her back ready. Hasina just really needed that type of shot to help her get over that hump."

Commenting on what she told her team at halftime, the Auburn coach said, "You know how when you get in trouble and you have to go home and hear what your mom is going to say. That's the conversation they got. I was more frustrated and mad at them because they weren't playing hard. They had no idea of the opportunity that was right in front of them.

"In the first game we went up there and beat Alabama so bad it's hard to get that out of their mind. They are thinking that we will be okay and we are trying to tell them it's not the same Alabama team. They are playing so much better, but as you can see they did not listen."

After Daisha Simmons' layup gave Alabama lead with under a minute to play in second overtime Auburn's Muhammad responded with her basket.

Freshman Brandy Montgomery, who tied the game at 62-62 in the second overtime with 3:14 left with a three-point shot from the wing, made four free throws in the final seconds to add insurance points for the Tigers.

Tyrese Tanner, playing in her final home game, said she was proud of Montgomery hitting free throws in the clutch. "Since we're so far into the season, she's not a freshman any more," Tanner said. "She has a few games under her belt and she's done a great job these past couple of games. She's really stepped it up defensively and last game with 21 points and this one 17. We need that from her every game."

Muhammad agrees with Tanner about Montgomery, who scored 17 points for the Tigers. "I'm really proud of the way she matured," Muhaamad said. "She wasn't fidgety like she used to be. She's really calmed down and plays the game. She looked really good. I was really proud of how she knocked down those free throws to seal the game."

Williams-Flournoy improved her record as Auburn head coach to 3-1 vs. the Tide.

"That was just incredible," Williams-Flournoy said. "I'm so proud of the perseverance and fight to keep coming back. We tried to tell them to calm down and make stops. We had to make some stops.

"It's always going to be defense that helps us win, but tonight it was our execution against the zone. We got good shots against the zone and that helped a lot. Alabama played a great game. They came out ready to play like they had something to prove."

The Tigers can even their SEC record at 8-8 when the close the regular season on Sunday with a 2 p.m. tipoff at Ole Miss.

ALABAMA (13-15, 6-9 SEC)
Williams, Ashley 8-15 6-9 22; Simmons, Daisha 8-20 2-3 18; Myers, Shafontaye 4-20 3-4 12; Rivers, Sharin 2-6 1-2 6; Hutchen, Briana 1-1 3-4 5; Hegstetter, Nikki 0-4 2-4 2; Jack, Brittany 0-0 0-0 0; Hamilton, Oceana 0-4 0-0 0; Carter, Khadijah 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-70 17-26 65.

AUBURN (16-12, 7-8 SEC)
Tanner, Tyrese 11-25 4-6 26; Montgomery, Brandy 5-14 4-4 17; Tanner, Tra'Cee 4-8 2-2 10; Muhammad, Hasina 3-7 0-0 6; Frerking, Katie 2-4 0-0 5; Parker, Kiani 1-5 0-3 2; Dieng, Khady 1-4 0-0 2; Tucker, Meagan 0-3 2-2 2; Davis, Peyton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-71 12-17 70.

Alabama 31 20 6 8 65
Auburn 18 33 6 13 70

3-point goals--Alabama 2-20 (Rivers, Sharin 1-4; Myers, Shafontaye 1-11; Simmons, Daisha 0-5), Auburn 4-18 (Montgomery, Brandy 3-11; Frerking, Katie 1-3; Dieng, Khady 0-3; Tucker, Meagan 0-1).
Fouled out--Alabama-Rivers, Sharin, Auburn-Tanner, Tyrese; Tanner, Tra'Cee.
Rebounds--Alabama 44 (Simmons, Daisha 9), Auburn 50 (Tanner, Tyrese 11).
Assists--Alabama 9 (Rivers, Sharin 5), Auburn 15 (Tucker, Meagan 4).
Total fouls--Alabama 18, Auburn 20.
Technical fouls--Alabama-None, Auburn-None.

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