"The type of defense we were executing in spurts out there is as good of defense as we have seen here in a long time," Coach Joe Ciampi said. "We had 16 steals and the ability to score in the paint. I believe we scored 44 points in the paint and 31 one of those were off turnovers. That's a compliment to our players."
Freshman Natasha Brackett led all scorers with a career-high 16 points and Crispina Correia added 14 points, which tied her career high. The AU bench outscored the entire Trojan team 52-44. Correira was 6-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line.
After the Trojans cut the AU lead to three at 9-6 with 15:09 to play, the Tigers then went on a 17-5 run over the next 7:47 to build in insurmountable lead in the first half. Brackett along with freshman Nicole Louden and senior Brandi Hillman each had seven points off the bench in the first half for the Tigers. Louden finished the game with nine points and four assists.
The Tigers took advantage of stingy defense and strong bench play to jump out to a 46-25 lead at halftime. Auburn scored 18 points off of 16 first-half turnovers by Troy State and the Tigers' bench scored 28 first half points.
Auburn continued its dominance in the second half outscoring the Trojans 40-19. For the game, the Tigers held Troy State to just 26.7 percent shooting from the field and 16 percent from three-point range. The Tigers outrebounded the visitors 54-43 with Hillman grabbing a team-high 10 boards.
Nancy Derrick led a strong Tiger effort behind the three-point line making 3-4 attempts. She finished with nine points as Auburn shot 40 percent (6-15) from behind the arc.
The game with the Trojans was the Tigers' last before the Christmas break. Auburn will head to San Diego the week after Christmas to take part in the Surf and Slam Classic, Dec. 28-30. The Tigers' opening round opponent will be No. 5 Iowa State.