Tigers Stun 11th-Ranked LSU in Overtime

The Auburn women's basketball team knocked off a ranked opponent on the road.

Baton Rouge, La.--Alli Smalley's long-range three-point shot sent the game into overtime setting the stage for the Auburn women's basketball team to upset 11th-ranked LSU 64-62 on Sunday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The junior guard's shot came with 3.1 seconds left and helped the Tigers earn their first SEC victory in three tries. Auburn lost a double overtime heartbreaker on Thursday night at Florida.

Freshman Morgan Toles helped the Tigers pull off the victory with a career-high 17 points. Senior center Keke Carrier also scored 17 for Auburn and added six rebounds.

Smalley scored 14 points and added six rebounds for Coach Nell Fortner's Tigers while junior forward Jordan Greenleaf chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds. Greenleaf's basket put Auburn up 63-61 in overtime and the Tigers held on for the victory.

Auburn improved to 10-6 overall and 1-2 in the SEC while LSU fell to 13-2 overall and 1-2 in league play.

"That was just an unbelievable ball game from start to finish," Fortner said. "I am so proud of these kids the bounce-back that they showed today from the Florida loss."

The Tigers rallied from eight points down in the second half to send the game into overtime. "They don't have a lot of quit in them," Fortner said of her team.

Rebounding and shooting were the keys to victory for the Tigers. Auburn pulled down 46 rebounds to 34 for LSU. Auburn hit 47.5 percent of its field goals while LSU hit just 37.3 percent

Auburn hit 4-12 threes and 4-8 free throws. LSU made 3-14 threes and 9-13 foul shots. LSU's big advantage was in turnovers with Auburn having 20, 10 more than the home team.

Fortner said she liked the leadership from Greenleaf and the toughness of Carrier. "I thought Keke really came through for us today," Fortner said. "She hit some big shots. She missed a lot of shots, but she gets pounded inside--just pounded. She hung tough though. I am really proud of her."

Sophomore LaSondra Barrett led LSU with 27 points.

Commenting on Smalley's basket to send the game into overtime, Fortner said, "Alli's shot was a big-time shot. It was a play designed for her to get the shot. I was hoping she would be a little more open, but she zeroed in on that shot. I could have touched her, she was so far outside the three-point line. That thing was right on line, what a beautiful thing to watch that ball go through the net."

The Tigers return to action with a home game on Thursday at 6 p.m. vs. Alabama.

AUBURN (64)
Carrier, KeKe 8-16 1-3 17; Toles, Morgan 7-10 2-3 17; Smalley, Alli 6-14 0-0 14; Greenleaf, Jordan 4-8 1-2 9; Alverson, Blanche 2-6 0-0 5; Simmons, Parrisha 1-3 0-0 2; West, Pascale 0-0 0-0 0; Thomas, Nicolle 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-59 4-8 64.

LSU (62)
BARRETT, LaSondra 10-21 6-7 27; HIGHTOWER, Allison 4-15 0-0 9; HUGHES, Destini 3-7 1-3 8; GRAHAM, Katherine 2-6 2-2 6; JONES, Courtney 3-3 0-0 6; EASON, Latear 2-7 0-0 4; TURNBOW, Taylor 1-5 0-1 2; WEBB, Adrienne 0-3 0-0 0; NELSON, Jasmine 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-67 9-13 62.

Auburn 22 37 5 64
LSU 18 41 3 62

3-point goals--Auburn 4-12 (Smalley, Alli 2-5; Alverson, Blanche 1-5; Toles, Morgan 1-1; Thomas, Nicolle 0-1), LSU 3-14 (HIGHTOWER, Allison 1-6; HUGHES, Destini 1-3; BARRETT, LaSondra 1-1; EASON, Latear 0-1; WEBB, Adrienne 0-3).
Fouled out--Auburn-None, LSU-None.
Rebounds--Auburn 46 (Greenleaf, Jordan 9), LSU 34 (BARRETT, LaSondra 10).
Assists--Auburn 14 (Toles, Morgan 4; Greenleaf, Jordan 4), LSU 17 (GRAHAM, Katherine 4; BARRETT, LaSondra 4).
Total fouls--Auburn 17, LSU 10.
Technical fouls--Auburn-None, LSU-None.
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