Tigers Take Command Vs. Monarchs in WNIT Win

A strong second half performance was the key as Auburn defeated Old Dominion in a WNIT second round game.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn outscored Old Dominion 52-31 in the second half as the Tigers won their second round WNIT women's basketball game 82-59 on Monday night.

Five Tigers scored in double figures with seniors Tyrese Tanner and Peyton Davis leading the way. Tanner topped all scorers with 24 points while adding five assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Davis, who hit all six of her field goals, finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot in 15 minutes of playing time as a reserve.

"We knew our press was wearing them down," Tanner said. "We just had to keep attacking in the second half and that is what we did."

The All-SEC senior said that she thought Monday's performance at Auburn Arena is one of the team's better efforts. "I am just proud of of how we are doing late," Tanner said.

The Tigers advance to a third round game on Thursday at 7 p.m. on the road vs. Mississippi State. Auburn defeated MSU 82-74 to open the SEC season this year in Starkville on January 5th and won the rematch in Auburn by a score of 51-43 on Feb. 13th.

For the game the Tigers hit 50.7 percent from the field, including 57.5 shots in the second half when they pulled away from the visitors after leading by just two points at intermission. The Tigers finished the game with 29 assists, a sign of good ball movement throughout the contest.

One of the reasons for Auburn's second half success was its full-court pressure defense, which helped forced 20 turnovers from the Lady Monarchs.

Another one of the reasons for the second half run was that the Tigers aggressively attacked the basket after getting a lecture on that subject at intermission from Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.

"I told them we were not being as aggressive as we could be," Williams-Flournoy said.

"I told them we had to attack, let's stop standing out there taking jump shots," she added. "Let's get the ball in transition and attack the basket. I thought Katie Frerking sparked that run."

Katie Frerking drives to the basket for two points.

Frerking, a freshman forward, scored 11 points and added four rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. She was joined in double figures for scoring by center Tra'Cee Tanner and guard Brandy Montgomery who scored 10 points apiece.

Freshman Brandy Montgomery takes the basketball inside vs. the Lady Monarchs.

Auburn improved its record to 19-14, matching last season's victory total that included a run to the quarter-finals of the WNIT. Old Dominion ended its season with an 18-16 mark.

Auburn out-rebounded ODU 42-30 and held the visitors to 33.3 percent shooting from the field. The visitors scored 27 of their points on treys making 9-21 attempts while AU was 3-7 on threes.

The Tigers made 9-12 free throws and ODU hit 12-17.

OLD DOMINION (59)
PAINTER, Chelisa 2-10 9-11 13; MINOR, Tiffany 4-9 0-0 11; KELLEY, Shae 4-14 1-2 9; YOUNGER, LaQuanda 3-8 0-0 9; GARDNER, Stephanie 2-2 0-0 6; ALLISON, Becca 2-7 1-2 6; OIGBOKIE, Odegua 2-5 1-2 5; YOUNG, Destinee 0-1 0-0 0; BRANDAO, Michelle 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-57 12-17 59.

AUBURN (82)

Tanner, Tyrese 12-21 0-1 24; Davis, Peyton 6-6 0-0 12; Frerking, Katie 4-7 2-3 11; Montgomery, Brandy 4-8 0-0 10; Tanner, Tra'Cee 3-8 4-4 10; Muhammad, Hasina 3-9 1-2 7; Dieng, Khady 2-4 0-0 4; Starr, Allina 0-1 2-2 2; Parker, Kiani 1-4 0-0 2; Farmer, Keonna 0-0 0-0 0; Tucker, Meagan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-69 9-12 82.

Old Dominion 28 31 59
Auburn 30 52 82

3-point goals--Old Dominion 9-21 (MINOR, Tiffany 3-8; YOUNGER, LaQuanda 3-7; GARDNER, Stephanie 2-2; ALLISON, Becca 1-3; KELLEY, Shae 0-1), Auburn 3-7 (Montgomery, Brandy 2-4; Frerking, Katie 1-1; Dieng, Khady 0-1; Tanner, Tyrese 0-1).
Fouled out--Old Dominion-None, Auburn-None. Rebounds--Old Dominion 30 (KELLEY, Shae 7), Auburn 42 (Davis, Peyton 9).
Assists--Old Dominion 12 (BRANDAO, Michelle 4), Auburn 29 (Tanner, Tyrese 5).
Total fouls--Old Dominion 13, Auburn 17.
Technical fouls--Old Dominion-None, Auburn-None.
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