Lady Vols Dominate Tigers

North Little Rock, Ark.--The Tennessee Lady Vols dominated Auburn in the second round of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament on Friday to advance to the semi-finals with a 77-45 victory over the Tigers.

Auburn had a difficult time on the offensive end to start the game and the Tigers found themselves down 20-4 just over eight minutes into the contest. The lead grew to as much as 21 in the first half, but Auburn went on an 11-2 run to close to margin to 12. Tennessee led 40-26 at halftime.

The Lady Vols dominated the Tigers inside in the early going, getting bucket after bucket on the low block while Auburn had a difficult time even getting the ball to the low post.

Auburn upset South Carolina in the first round of the tournament on Thursday by racing out to a 13-0 early advantage. Against the Lady Vols, it was the Tigers who found themselves down 13-0 to start the game.

The Tigers played well to end the first half and close the gap, but Tennessee started the second half with four straight three-pointers from Shanna Zolman and Sidney Spencer. That was just the start of things in the second half as Tennessee went on a 26-3 run to claim a 64-29 lead before resting the starters.

Auburn freshman point guard Whitney Boddie drives to the hoop.

Auburn's only edge was in the turnover department. The Vols had 19 miscues, eight more than Auburn.

Tennessee improved its record to 26-4 and will play the winner of the Georgia vs. Vanderbilt game. Auburn closed its season at 14-15.

The Tigers hit just 28.1 percent from the field, less than half of UT's 56.9 percentage.

Auburn was dominated 42-27 on the boards and managed to hit just 1-12 threes. UT nailed 7-13 threes.

Auburn also struggled at the foul line, making just 12-23while UT hit 12-15.

Freshman Sherrell Hobbs came off the bench to lead Auburn in scoring with 11 points. Another freshman, DeWanna Bonner, added 10 for the Tigers.

Starting center Marita Payne was shut out and didn't have a rebound or a block in 11 minutes. Auburn's other senior, guard Nitasha Brown, struggled, too. She was 2-14 shooting and finished with eight points, three turnovers and zero assists.

For the Lady Vols, Tye'sha Fluker led the scoring with 19 points. Candace Parker had a big game with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

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