Sister Act Leads Tigers to WNIT Victory

Auburn took control in the second half on the way to a 78-64 victory over Furman in the opening round of the WNIT.

Auburn, Ala.--The sister act will continue for at least one more game as the Auburn women's basketball team advanced to the second round of the WNIT with a 78-64 victory over Furman on Thursday night.

Senior guard Tyrese Tanner scored 17 points to share high-point honors with her sister, sophomore center Tra'Cee Tanner, as the Tigers improved their record to 18-14 while Furman ended its season with an 18-13 mark.

"Not a lot of people can say they played in college with her sister," Tra'cee said after the victory. "We had a talk with Coach Flo before the game and she told us to have fun."

Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy was asked if it means a lot to the Tanner sisters to keep their season going. "I am sure it does," she said. "I thought both of them played very well tonight."

Tyrese Tanner said she is happy to get to play on in the tournament. "Nobody never wants it to be your last game," the senior said. "You just have to make sure everyone is on same page so it won't happen.

"We looked like a team tonight, moving the ball around, pushing and getting our stops on defense," she added. "Tonight after our first four minutes playing I knew it wasn't our last game."

The Tigers will play Old Dominion (18-15) in round two after the Lady Monarchs dispatched Navy 68-60 on Thursday night. Tipoff for that contest is set for 6 p.m. on Monday at Auburn Arena.

The Tigers took control of the contest in the second half and played their substitutes down the stretch.

Auburn's third-leading scorer on the night was freshman Khady Dieng, who came off the bench to score a season-high 16 points in 18 minutes. The guard hit 5-6 field goals and 6-6 free throws. Her previous high scoring game was 10 points vs. Arkansas.

Williams-Flournoy noted that she wasn't surprised by Dieng's performance. "Once she came back from spring break I thought she was really focused," said the coach, who noted the freshman played well late in the season. "She did a really good job in practice."

The Tigers put a fourth player in double figures in the scoring column with freshman guard Brandy Montgomery contributing 11 points. She made three of her team's four three pointers, but also missed eight of them on a night the Tigers were 4-14 on treys.

Furman hit 9-23 three-pointers and made 36.8 of their field goals. Holli Wilkins, the daughter of former NBA player Gerald Wilkins, led the Paladins in scoring with 17 points.

The Tigers, who built the lead to as much as 20 points in the second half, made 44.3 percent of their field goals and were 20-28 at the foul line. Many of the free throws came late in the game as the visitors fouled intentionally trying to make a comeback.

Auburn held a 43-36 rebounding edge and had 13 turnovers, four fewer than the Paladins.

Auburn's largest lead in the first half was 11 points at 3:15 before intermission, but the Paladins finished the period on a 7-0 run to cut the margin to 32-28 at the break.

The sisters carried the scoring load for the Tigers as Tra'Cee contributed 14 points in the first half and Tyrese added 11.

Furman kept the game close in the first half by making 4-11 three-pointers while the Tigers were 0-7 on treys in the opening 20 minutes.

WILKINS, Holli 6-15 2-2 17; DURDALLER, Sarah 5-12 2-2 12; ELLIS, Kelsey 4-6 0-0 12; BUNN, Whitney 1-4 3-5 6; HODGES, Brittany 2-6 2-6 6; ROBERTS, Janice 1-3 3-4 5; BEASLEY, Allison 1-3 0-0 3; GOODWIN, Shianne 1-2 0-0 2; MORRISSEY, Brigid 0-5 1-2 1; REIMER, Courtney 0-0 0-0 0; WOOD, Tiara 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-57 13-21 64.

Tanner, Tra'Cee 7-8 3-4 17; Tanner, Tyrese 7-16 3-4 17; Dieng, Khady 5-6 6-6 16; Montgomery, Brandy 4-14 0-0 11; Tucker, Meagan 0-2 8-10 8; Davis, Peyton 2-4 0-0 4; Frerking, Katie 1-2 0-1 3; Parker, Kiani 1-4 0-0 2; Starr, Allina 0-0 0-1 0; Capers, Cabriana 0-0 0-2 0; Muhammad, Hasina 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 27-61 20-28 78.

Furman 28 36 64
Auburn 32 46 78

3-point goals--Furman 9-23 (ELLIS, Kelsey 4-5; WILKINS, Holli 3-7; BEASLEY, Allison 1-3; BUNN, Whitney 1-3; MORRISSEY, Brigid 0-2; DURDALLER, Sarah 0-3), Auburn 4-14 (Montgomery, Brandy 3-11; Frerking, Katie 1-2; Dieng, Khady 0-1).
Fouled out--Furman-None, Auburn-None.
Rebounds--Furman 36 (HODGES, Brittany 8), Auburn 43 (Tanner, Tyrese 7).
Assists--Furman 13 (MORRISSEY, Brigid 9), Auburn 18 (Parker, Kiani 8).
Total fouls--Furman 21, Auburn 19.
Technical fouls--Furman-None, Auburn-None.

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