The Lady Vols found enough defense in the end - led by freshman Jasmine Jones pressuring point guard Najat Ouardad - and a outpouring of offense from Meighan Simmons to finally overtake the Tigers at Aubun Arena before 3,312 fans, most of whom were hoping for the upset.
The Lady Vols were down 22-19 on the boards at halftime but edged the Tigers overall 37-33.
Blanche Alverson and Hasina Muhammad scored 15 points each for Auburn - all five starters were in double figures -while Tyrese Tanner and Peyton Davis added 10 each and Ouardad chipped in with 11, most of those on forays into the paint by the 5'1 point guard.
The Lady Vols will stay overnight in Auburn because of inclement weather in Knoxville. Tennessee will return home Friday and will host Alabama on Sunday for its "We Back Pat" game at Thompson-Boling Arena.