Aggies Send Tigers Home From SEC Tournament

Texas A&M's shooting was too hot for Auburn to handle in the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.

Duluth, Ga.--Texas A&M opened the game hitting its first six shots and kept shooting well all night as the Aggies pounded Auburn 86-54 to move into the semi-finals of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.

Playing on Friday night at the Gwinnett Center, the Aggies shot 58.1 percent in the opening half to race out to a 43-26 lead at intermission.

The Aggies didn't slack off with their shooting in the final 20 minutes and finished at 58.5 percent for the night while Auburn made just 32.8 percent of its shots.

Combine the shooting numbers with a 43-26 rebound advantage for the Aggies and the game turned into a blowout.

The Tigers dropped to 17-14 with the loss while Texas A&M, last year's league tournament champion, improved to 24-7.

"Credit to Texas A&M," said Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "I thought they came out and played extremely well right as the game began. We didn't start the game like we wanted to start the game--we just didn't play well tonight."

Senior Tyrese Tanner led the Tigers with 14 points while freshman Brandy Montgomery scored 12 for Auburn.

Courtney Walker, who hit 11-15 field goals and got the Aggies off a strong start by hitting 9-12 shots in the first half, led all scorers with 25 points.

Auburn senior center Peyton Davis said her team's lack of success on the boards was an issue. "We didn't push back on rebounds," she said. "Coach told us from the get-go we have got to push them back. We are not going to win the jumping war with them.

"It's obvious they out-rebounded us," Davis added. "I had five. They had eight, seven, six. That can't happen. You can't win a game like that."

The Tigers, who played in the WNIT last year, will be waiting on the possibility of a bid to that tournament. Teams for the field are expected to be announced on March 17th.

"You always want to play in postseason, be it the WNIT or NCAA Tournament," Williams-Flournoy said. "We are a very young team. As much as you want to say we're in the second half of our season, regardless, we are a young team.

"At one point we had four freshmen and a sophomore on the floor," the coach noted. "You're going to have ups and downs with young point guards, new point guards. It's kind of to be expected."

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