Waco, Tex.--Baylor took control from the opening tip and cruised to an 84-52 victory, ending Auburn's season in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday.
The Bears, a No. 1 seed, used advantages in size, quickness and depth to win the game. The Tigers finished 20-13 while the Bears, who are 35-1, will advance to the Sweet 16 to play either Texas A&M?or Florida State.
Auburn, which made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009, got 14 points from junior guard Brandy Montgomery, 13 points from senior center from Tra’Cee Tanner, who added a team-high eight rebounds, and 11 points from junior guard Katie Frerking, who led the Tigers in assists with four. Tanner, a senior, finished her career with 758 rebounds, 11th in Auburn history. Her 1,327 points ranked 16th among Auburn players.
"It really doesn't matter the score of this game," Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "Baylor's a very good team. More importantly, I'm just so proud of my team, you know. No one expected us to be here. Their hard work and dedication to Auburn and their dedication to how we play just once again shows how good of a team that we are, and I'm just really proud of my young ladies."
"Baylor's a very good team--there's a reason why they are now 35-1," the coach added. "They're big inside. They've got really good guard play. This is a team that should definitely be in the Final Four, if not winning it all. They're a very good team, and we're just happy to have competed and continue to play hard. My young ladies left everything out on the floor just like we do every game."
Nina Davis led the Bears with 30 points as she hit 10-17 field goals and 10-11 free throws.
Baylor blocked 11 shots and held Auburn to 29.4 percent shooting while making 46.9 percent of their field goals.
Auburn made just 3-19 three-pointers while Baylor hit 6-20. The Tigers were 9-12 at the foul line while Baylor made 18-21.
Freshman point guard Janiah McKay brings the basketball up court for the Tigers.
The Bears also enjoyed a plus 12 rebounding margin while turning the ball over just 13 times vs. Auburn’s pressure defense. Auburn turned the ball over 15 times.
Baylor led 23-8 at the end of the first quarter and scored 23 more points in the second quarter to lead 46-20 at halftime. The Bears did much of their damage close to the basket with a 30-12 advantage for points in the paint during the first half.
Auburn’s best offensive quarter was the third. The Tigers scored 19 in the period, but Baylor topped that with 22 prior to outscoring Auburn 16-13 in the fourth quarter.