AU's Streak Ends With Two-Point Loss

Coach Nell Fortner's Auburn Tigers dropped a road game on Sunday.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball team continued its slump and ended its winning streak vs. Alabama, falling 56-54 on Sunday at Coleman Coliseum.

For a second straight contest the Tigers botched an end of game situation. With a chance to take the final shot to tie or win the game, the Tigers turned the ball over as Keke Carrier was stripped of the basketball without getting a shot launched.

Auburn, which lost for the sixth time in the last seven games, falls to 12-12 overall and 3-8 in the SEC.

Alabama, which had lost to Auburn eight straight times, improved to 10-14 overall and 2-9 in the SEC.

Alli Smalley led the Tigers with 17 points as she hit 8-14 field goals. Smalley also led the Tigers with 11 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double. Carrier added a dozen points for the Tigers.

Auburn out-rebounded the Tide 36-33, but lost the game at the foul line where the Tigers hit just 5-16 free throws.

Auburn coach Nell Fortner said the last play was designed for Smalley to take the shot. "We just didn't execute it that well and no shot," she said.

The Tigers rallied from a dozen points down in the second half against the Tide, which was led by 17 points from Tierney Jenkins.

AUBURN (54)
Smalley, Alli 8-14 1-2 17; Carrier, KeKe 5-10 2-7 12; Greenleaf, Jordan 3-6 1-2 8; Alverson, Blanche 3-9 0-0 8; Simmons, Parrisha 2-5 0-2 4; Toles, Morgan 1-5 1-3 3; Hilliard, Chantel 1-1 0-0 2; West, Pascale 0-0 0-0 0; Thomas, Nicolle 0-2 0-0 0; Jennings, Morgan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-53 5-16 54.

ALABAMA (56)
Jenkins, Tierney 7-10 3-6 17; King, LaToya 4-9 2-2 11; Russell, Ericka 4-10 1-1 9; Magee, Dedrea 3-9 2-2 8; Butler, Alyson 2-5 0-0 6; Farmer, Celiscia 1-3 0-0 3; McCoy, Carmen 1-2 0-0 2; Williams, Tamara 0-2 0-0 0; Hancock, Katie 0-0 0-0 0; Strauthers, Courtney 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 8-11 56.

Auburn 27 26 53
Alabama 30 25 55

3-point goals--Auburn 3-7 (Alverson, Blanche 2-4; Greenleaf, Jordan 1-1; Thomas, Nicolle 0-1; Smalley, Alli 0-1), Alabama 4-16 (Butler, Alyson 2-4; Farmer, Celiscia 1-1; King, LaToya 1-2; Magee, Dedrea 0-3; Russell, Ericka 0-6).
Fouled out--Auburn-None, Alabama-Jenkins, Tierney.
Rebounds--Auburn 36 (Smalley, Alli 10), Alabama 33 (Jenkins, Tierney 14).
Assists--Auburn 13 (Toles, Morgan 5), Alabama 14 (Magee, Dedrea 8).
Total fouls--Auburn 12, Alabama 17.
Technical fouls--Auburn-None, Alabama-None.

A--2,550


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