The victory was a fourth straight for Coach Nell Fortner's Tigers, who improved their record to 7-2. The Tigers defeated the host school, the University of Nevada, 84-75 on Friday night.
Trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half, the Tigers cut the deficit to 21-19 by intermission and then led most of the second half.
Sophomore forward DeWanna Bonner led the Tigers with 12 points and nine rebounds. Another sophomore forward, Trevesha Jackson, contributed 11 points and six rebounds for the Tigers.
Junior guard Tamela McCorvey chipped in with 10 points while sophomore guard Whitney Boddie added eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Fortner noted that her team's halfcourt trap defense helped change the momentum late in the first half. "That thing has been good to us in the last few games and hopefully it will continue to be," she said. "I thought we were aggressive in it."
Auburn pulled out the victory by winning the rebounding battle by a 45-33 margin and hitting 16-19 free throws.
The Tigers hit just 23.1 percent of their field goals in the first half. They improved to 40.7 percent for the game. The Highlanders, who fell to 2-5 this season, hit just 30 percent from the field in the second half to finish at 28.1 percent for the game.
The Tigers were just 1-6 on treys while Riverside made 5-21 and 6-7 free throws. Auburn turned the ball over 14 times, one more than the Highlanders.
The Tigers return to action on Wednesday with a 5:30 p.m. home game vs. Jackson State.