|women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Florida 74, LaSalle 50
|Arkansas 73, Furman 38
|Tennessee 94, Texas 75
|Georgia 93, Lipscomb 42
|Vanderbilt 76, Oklahoma 63
|LSU 77, La. Tech 55
|Ole Miss 63, Belmont 48
|Mississippi State 67, Florida A&M 57
|Missouri 110, Southern Illinois 47
|Auburn 71, Temple 49
UF’s Jennifer George Posts Double-Double, Leads Gators Past La Salle, 74-50
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior Jennifer George (Fresno, Calif.) totaled 19 points and 11 rebounds and Florida captured the 74-50 victory against La Salle at Tom Gola Arena for its first road win of the season.
George’s double-double was her third straight, as the Preseason Naismith Candidate, has totaled 22 in her career, converted 9-of-12 shots from the floor.
Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) tallied 13 points with five assists for her sixth double-figure scoring game this year, while redshirt-freshman Carlie Needles (Highlands Ranch, Col.) added 12 points, all off of a 4-of-7 three-point effort, along with four assists and two steals.
Freshman Sydney Moss (Union, Ky.) traded a handful of short-range shots for assists, as she finished with a game-high six to accompany her seven rebounds and helped Florida to the 41-36 edge on the boards.
“I thought there were moments when we had some great individual performances, but there were also moments where we struggled with consistency and our toughness,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “When we had some folks who got determined and made up their minds they stepped up and made some tough plays.
“Lily Svete was one of those players,” Butler shared. “She came through in a couple of moments that were really important to us. January Miller was another player who played tough and hard. Jaterra, especially in the first half, really propelled us to that lead we took into the locker room.”
Svete, a redshirt junior from Granger, Ind., finished the game with seven points and three rebounds, while Miller, a freshman from Orlando, added six points, two rebounds and two assists.
Florida scored the final 10 points of the first half, but it was La Salle that came out firing in the second, netting the first 12 points and cutting the Gator’s 19-point lead to seven, 35-28, with 15:35 remaining.
Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.) came out of a Florida timeout and immediately nailed a deep field goal to halt the spree and added two free throws that gave Florida a 39-28 lead.
The Gators played solid defense on the next possession, but La Salle’s Chanel Harrison tossed up a three-pointer as the shot clock horn sounded and the hosts were back in business, as they followed with a pair of three throws and cut Florida’s lead to six points, 39-33, with 12:31 to play.
Florida then turned to its inside game, where Vicky McIntyre (Omaha, Neb.) connected on a pair of field goals that ignited a 13-0 run and Florida again assumed a 19-point advantage, 52-33, with 8:19 remaining. Bonds converted a pair of layups during the march, the first one coming off a Moss steal and behind-the-back dish, and second her sixth three-point play of the season, while George provided the final two field goals.
The teams traded scores for the rest of the contest and Florida (8-3) notched its first three-game win streak of the season.
George converted her first nine shots from the floor during the game and helped Florida hit 48.4 percent (30-62) overall from the floor.
“Jennifer’s teammates did a job of getting her the ball and she did a great job of positioning where she was and demanding the ball,” Butler praised. “She took a lot of contact but is strong enough to finish.”
The Gators sank 7-of-16 from the three-point arc, the third time the team hit at least seven from long range this year. Needles led the way with four from deep, while Bonds hit both of her long attempts and Svete canned one from the top of the arc during a key moment in the second half.
“Carlie knocked down a couple in the second half and it became contagious,” Butler said. “You see your teammate hit and it makes you more confident. That’s what we did. We also took smart shots for most of the game.”
Harrison led La Salle (1-9) with 15 points, while Brittany Wilson added 14 points for the Explorers, who hit just 28.8 percent from the floor overall during the game, but it was an improvement from the first 20 minutes.
The Gator defense stepped up in the first half when La Salle converted just 18.5 percent (5-27) of its attempts and Florida held a 22-16 rebounding advantage while shooting 50 percent (14-28) overall from the floor.
Ebonee Jones hit a three-pointer that brought the Explorers within nine points, 23-14, with 6:11 remaining in the half, but that was La Salle’s final field goal of the period as it managed just two points from the free throw line for the remainder of the period.
Florida capped the half by scoring the final 10 points, with Vicky McIntyre converting an inside feed from Moss, George sinking her seventh field goal of the half for a team-leading 14 points and Bonds drilling a pair of three-pointers, including the final one at the buzzer for the 19-point halftime cushion.
Wolff leads Arkansas to 35 point win at Furman
GREENVILLE, S.S. – University of Arkansas freshman Melissa Wolff led four players in double figures as the Razorbacks had a 73-38 win over Furman on the road Sunday.
The Razorbacks move to 9-1 on the year with Wolff dropping in a career-best 15 points. Junior Keira Peak added 12 points, 11 for Erin Gatling and 10 for Sarah Watkins.
“It was good to get out and play a game after the 10 day break,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “I was able to play a lot of players and we got a road win. There are a lot of positives to take away from this for us.”
Arkansas opened cold shooting 0-9 in the first five minutes of the game. The Razorbacks’ only score was a pair of free throws from Quistelle Williams and Arkansas trailed 6-2 at the first media timeout.
The timeout allowed the Razorbacks to regroup and they came out finishing the half shooting 12 for 21 to wrap up the half. The Razorbacks also picked up the defensive effort forcing 15 first half Paladin turnovers and grabbing 11 steals in the first half.
Wolff led the team with nine first-half points with eight players scoring in the opening 20 minutes.
Arkansas’ defense continued to be the key in the second half as they held Furman to 20 second-period points on 23 percent shooting. The Razorbacks forced a season-high 27 turnovers by Furman while shooting nearly 54 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
“Our efforts were pretty solid,” Collen said. “To go out on the road and get the win will continue to help us as we continue this year.”
Tennessee Crushes Texas
AUSTIN, Texas - Meighan Simmons scored a team-high 18 points to lead six Lady Vols in double figures as the No. 13/12 Tennessee women's basketball team crushed No. 18/20 Texas, 94-75, on Sunday at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center.
Tennessee (7-1) enjoyed a balanced offensive attack in the win with strong shooting from the field (46.8 percent), beyond the arc (8-of-15) and the free-throw line (14-of-18). Bashaara Graves posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ariel Massengale had 15 points and a game-high seven assists. Taber Spani scored 15 points, Cierra Burdick had 14 points and Jasmine Jones head a big second half to finish with 10 points off the bench.
Chassidy Fussell led Texas (6-2) with a 31-point effort that included a 10-of-10 showing from the charity stripe. Nneka Enemkpali added 15 points and eight boards for the Longhorns.
Tennessee led 45-27 at the break and the teams traded baskets over the first two minutes of the second half. Burdick hit a jumper at the 17:35 mark push Tennessee's lead to 20 points at 53-33.
Texas focused on attacking the paint in the second half. The Longhorns went on a 7-3 run with points from fouls drawn inside and layups to pull to within 56-40 by the first media timeout of the second half at 15:39.
The Longhorns drew to within 14 points on a Enemkpali layup, but Simmons pushed the Lady Vols' lead back to 20 points with a three pointer from the left wing and a drive from the right side for a three-point play. Tennessee led 62-42 with 13:45 remaining.
Ashley Roberts' 3-pointer with 12:55 on the clock sparked an 11-2 Texas run that also featured two treys from Chassidy Fussell. The Longhorns found themselves within 66-53 after Imani McGee-Stafford sunk two free throws at the 11:37 mark.
Jones helped keep Tennessee's lead at or over 13 points with an aggressive layup on the Lady Vols' ensuing possession and a pair of free throws with 11 minutes remaining.
Tennessee's lead was down to 70-59 when Enemkpali put in a layup with 9:38 on the clock. After a 3-pointer from Kamiko Williams, Enemkpali tipped in a missed shot and later drove the paint for a layup to cut the Lady Vols' lead to 10 points at 73-63.
The teams traded buckets over the next three minutes. With 6:29 left, McGee-Stafford missed a jumper and Isabelle Harrison was injured in the tussle for the rebound. Harrison left the game and did not return.
Tennessee squashed the Texas comeback attempt after that. The Lady Vols went on a 15-7 run after Harrison's injury to close out the game. Massengale scored six points over that stretch.
The Lady Vols took command in the first half as Texas struggled with 25-percent shooting (7-of-28).
Due to a Tennessee technical foul prior tipoff, Fussell made two free throws to give the Longhorns a 2-0 advantage before the clock even started. That did not phase Tennessee as the Lady Vols responded with a 15-4 run over the next six minutes. Graves and Spani had six points each over that stretch and were the offensive catalysts for Tennessee in the first half.
Empress Davenport made a layup at the 13:53 mark and Brady Sanders hit two jumpers as Texas made a 6-3 run to draw within 18-12 by the second media timeout.
Graves came up big for Tennessee after the timeout, scoring off an offensive board with 11:12 left and making a layup a minute later to push the Lady Vols' lead to eight points at 24-16.
A jumper by Jones with 9:03 on the clock and a floater by Spani from the left side on Tennessee's next possession gave the Lady Vols a 28-18 lead by the third media timeout.
Texas drew to within 28-22 after two free throws from Enemkpali and a steal and layup by Davenport at the 6:48 mark.
Tennessee followed with an 8-2 run. Massengale found Burdick for a jumper on Tennessee's next possession and Spani hit a jumper at the 5:30 mark to push the Lady Vols' lead back to 10 points at 32-22. Simmons made a jumper in transition with 3:54 left in the half for her first points of the game after she started 0-of-7 from the floor. Burdick hit a dagger from the right side to with 3:28 left to give Tennessee a 36-24 advantage and force Longhorns head coach Karen Aston to take a timeout.
The Lady Vols closed out the first half on fire. After the Texas timeout, Tennessee went on a 9-2 run to take a 45-27 lead into halftime. Spani made two free throws and nailed her third trey of the game from the right wing during the final three minutes of the period. Graves had 10 points and four boards and Spani led all scorers with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first half.
Lady Bulldogs Sail Past Lipscomb
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 6 Georgia Lady Bulldogs bettered their largest margin of victory this season to defeat Lipscomb, 93-42, Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum.
“There’s a number of things that happened that made us smile today," said head coach Andy Landers. "First of all, coming out of the gate, J.J. (Jasmine James) and Anne Marie (Armstrong) were very, very good. J.J. was excellent offensively, defensively and as the quarterback, and Anne Marie rebounded the ball early, scored, knocked down a couple of 3’s and just played the way you’d like to see Anne Marie play. They got us off on the right foot and then everybody that came in contributed as soon as they went on the floor.”
Georgia (11-0) boasted an evenly distributed offense, as four Lady Bulldogs put up double-digit scoring efforts. James and Tiaria Griffin both scored 18 points, while Armstrong notched 15 points and Shacobia Barbee tallied 13 points. All four players recorded season-high numbers.
Lipscomb (1-7) was led by Hannah Phillips, who had 11 points and five rebounds.
Barbee and Griffin pulled down season- and career-high rebounds, with eight and six, respectively. Griffin also recorded a season-high three steals, Khaalidah Miller dished out a season-high five assists and Erika Ford tallied a career-high five steals.
As a team, Georgia notched a season-high 46 rebounds while putting up its second-highest score this season. The Lady Bulldogs scored 94 points in their Nov. 20 victory over Savannah State.
For the game, Georgia shot 51.4 percent from the field, its third game this season shooting over 50 percent. The Lady Bulldogs held the Lady Bisons to a 30.6 percent shooting effort.
Georgia used a six-point run by Jasmine James to sail to a 14-0 lead early in the game. Once they established their significant advantage, the Lady Bulldogs led by no less than 10 points at all times.
The Lady Bisons attempted to get back into the game with a 9-2 surge that started with eight minutes left in the half and closed the gap to 32-21. However, layups on back-to-back Georgia possessions sparked a 17-1 run that the Lady Bulldogs used to end the period.
Georgia scored 21 points off 17 Lipscomb turnovers in the first half, while only allowing the Lady Bisons to score one point off eight Lady Bulldog turnovers. Winning the turnover margin allowed Georgia to enter halftime with a 49-22 lead.
The Lady Bulldogs started strong, with a 20-4 run that put them up 69-26. Georgia controlled the second period and refused to allow Lipscomb to sink consecutive baskets.
The Lady Bulldogs continued to dominate the turnover margin, scoring a total of 41 points off of 33 Lipscomb turnovers. In all, Georgia dished out a season-best 23 assists while committing just 15 turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs tallied 23 steals, a season-high effort as well.
'Dores knock off No. 12 Oklahoma, 76-63
NORMAN, Okla. - Behind Christina Foggie's 17 points, Vanderbilt captured a big win on the road over No. 12 Oklahoma 76-63. Vandy moves to 8-3 on the season with the victory.
Foggie was one of our Commodores in double digits, as Vandy took a 10-point lead (37-27) going into halftime and never trailed in the second half. Tiffany Clarke poured in 16 points and eight boards, while guard Jasmine Lister chipped in 16 points and nine assists.
The Commodores have now won five straight games.
LSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EXTENDS WIN STREAK OVER LOUISIANA TECH TO EIGHT STRAIGHT, 77-55
BATON ROUGE – Five LSU players finished with double-figure scoring -- including the first career double-double for junior forward Shanece McKinney -- in a balanced attack as the Lady Tiger basketball team extended its winning streak over Louisiana Tech to eight straight with a 77-55 win on Sunday afternoon in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The Lady Tigers (6-3) used a dominating post presence throughout the contest to outscore the Lady Techsters, 44-20, in the paint and out-rebound them by a margin of +17. Louisiana Tech (4-6) remained winless in the Maravich Center since Feb. 27, 1989.
McKinney, making her second straight start, scored 13 points and grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds. Freshman Derreyal Youngblood finished one board shy of a double-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Youngblood was part of an LSU bench that contributed 30 points.
“It was good to have everyone on the roster playing,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “I really felt as though the bench gave us the spark we needed in the first half to extend our lead. They did a great job of playing like a unit. They set the tempo defensively and really got after Louisiana Tech.”
LSU blocked 11 shots for the game, including four more from Theresa Plaisance, who chipped in 12 points. Bianca Lutley led all LSU scorers with 14 points. Freshman Danielle Ballard collected four steals, while fellow freshman Kuaneshia “Coco” Baker finished with four points, two assists and three steals in her first career action.
The Lady Tigers took it right to Louisiana Tech, going up double-digits at the 13:05 mark on Baker’s first career points, a lay-up that made it 13-2. The Lady Techsters managed only two field goals in the first 10 minutes and that gave LSU an opportunity to build an 11-0 run and take control of the game.
Lulu Perry, who finished with a game-high 18 points, kept Louisiana Tech within striking distance with eight points in a three-minute span late in the first half. Tech trailed 23-14 with 6:16 left in the first stanza following her jumper.
However, Plaisance muscled her way inside and got to the free throw line, draining a perfect 6-of-6 in the final five minutes of the half. LSU led 34-26 at the break.
Adrienne Webb was scoreless until she erupted for eight straight points early in the second half. Several of the buckets came off turnovers as Ballard disrupted Tech from getting the ball across half court. An ensuing Jeanne Kenney jumper from the top of the key gave the Lady Tigers a comfortable 44-28 advantage.
“We definitely challenged our starters coming out in the second half by telling them to look at this as a new game and that the score is 0-0,” said Caldwell. “We wanted to make sure we set the tempo as the starting group and they did. It was led by Adrienne Webb’s intensity. I felt like she really established us in the paint with her lay-ups and dribble drive.”
LSU led by as many as 26 points with 3:13 remaining and the Lady Tigers never trailed throughout the contest. LSU shot 44.3 percent for the game and converted 23-of-36 free throw opportunities.
Ole Miss Downs Belmont
OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team stepped up defensively Sunday afternoon with a convincing 63-48 win over Belmont.
With the win, Ole Miss improved to 6-2 this season while Belmont fell to 5-6.
Belmont’s 46 points marks the second time this season and 16th time over the last four years that Ole Miss has held an opponent under 50 points in a game.
Ole Miss outrebounded Belmont 47-31 in the game and the Rebels recorded 15 second-chance points. Ole Miss also forced Belmont into 18 turnovers.
“It’s always fun to get a victory and get a win no matter who you are playing or what the situation,” head coach Brett Frank said. “To closeout our 2012 home schedule with a win was really sweet. Belmont is a really good team and they are very well coached.”
Tia Faleru led three Ole Miss players in double figures with 13 points, while Diara Moore and Valencia McFarland each added 12. Moore also had a career-high nine boards, four assists and two steals.
Ole Miss used a 7-0 run capped by a basket from Tia Faleru to push its lead eight, 17-9, with 7:55 left in the half. The Bruins responded to went up one, 18-17, with 4:46 to play. At the half, Ole Miss led 26-22.
Moore led Ole Miss with eight points at the half while Courtney Mabra led the Rebels with six boards. Ole Miss shot 32.3 percent from the floor (10-310) while Belmont shot 34.6 percent (9-23).
Ole Miss came out strong in the second half and used a 10-2 run to increase its lead to 38-30 with 16:16 left in the game.
The Rebels pushed its lead to 17, 49-32, on a free throw from McFarland with 11:18 to play.
SHERISE WILLIAMS SCORES 21 AS BULLDOGS HOLD OFF FLORIDA A&M 67-57
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State continued its strong play in the Humphrey Coliseum as the Bulldogs knocked off Florida A&M 67-57 in women’s basketball action Sunday afternoon.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-5 overall, including a 5-1 mark at home this season. Sunday’s victory was the second game in a five-game homestand to round out 2012.
After scoring 15 points against Florida Atlantic last Friday, freshman Sherise Williams used a size advantage down low to score 21 points on Sunday.
“We ran a lot of high-low, and it worked in our favor,” Williams said.
Williams connected on 10-of-16 shots from and also added seven rebounds. Defensively, Williams had three of her squad’s eight blocked shots. Kendra Grant added 12 points, while Martha Alwal fell a point shy of her fifth double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
Like several other games this season, the contest was nip-and-tuck throughout. The Bulldog posted their second-largest margin of victory this season in a contest that featured six ties and 10 lead changes.
The Bulldogs scored the game’s first five points, only to have the Rattlers (2-7) respond for a 9-7 advantage. The Bulldogs battled back for a 13-9 lead on a layup by Williams.
“I thought we started the game out well,” Schaefer said. “We had a chance to go up eight, but we turned the ball over. Next thing you know, it’s tied at seven. You have to commend Florida A&M. They weren’t intimidated, and they played hard the whole game. They are a hard match-up.”
Thanks to strong shooing from the field, the Bulldogs maintained that slight lead for most of the half. A jumper by Katia May pushed the lead back to 20-16. FAMU battled back for a 25-24 lead before the Maroon and White scored the game’s next seven points to take a 32-30 lead to halftime.
In the second half, the Bulldogs turned up the defensive pressure and were able to pull away.
A layup by Carnecia Williams pushed the MSU lead to 40-34 with 15:49 left in the contest. Sherise Williams pushed the lead to eight points on a layup with 13:21 left.
Florida A&M, however, responded with an 11-2 run to take a 47-46 advantage with 9:58 left. The Rattlers would not go away, grabbing two different leads including a 55-53 push with 5:08 left.
A layup by May tied the contest. A steal by Darriel Gaynor led to two free throws by Gaynor, as the hosts grabbed the lead for good. MSU eventually scored the game’s next 10 points, building a 63-55 lead with 1:36 left in the contest.
“Darriel made some key plays. She missed a couple of shots, but she had a couple of big steals too,” Schaefer said. “She had zero turnovers, which is what I like about her stat line.”
“I didn’t take a lot of shots this game,” Gaynor said. “I was trying to help my team by getting rebounds and steals.”
For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 25 of 53 shots from the field (47.2 percent), 1 of 4 shots from 3-point range (25.0 percent) and 16 of 18 shots from the foul line (88.9 percent). The Rattlers hit 22 of 74 shots from the field (29.7 percent), 6 of 23 shots from 3-point range (26.1 percent) and 7 of 8 shots from the foul line (87.5 percent).
Florida A&M held a 40-38 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 19 assists and 20 turnovers, while the Rattlers had 15 assists and 18 turnovers.
The 19 assists for the Bulldogs included five by May and four each by Alwal and Gaynor. Gaynor also had three of her squad’s nine steals.
Tigers Topple SIU, 110-47, for Fifth Straight Win
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou women's basketball team improved to 9-2 on the season after defeating Southern Illinois, 110-47, on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 16) at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers shot a season-high 57.1-percent from the floor in the win while surpassing the century mark for the 35th time in program history and just the sixth time since 2000. The 110 points for the Tigers are the ninth-best total in program history.
Six Tigers scored in double-figures in the win led by 22 from both Bri Kulas (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) and freshman Maddie Stock (Town & Country, Mo.) as the 22 points for both players are new career-bests. Stock has now reset her career-high scoring in two straight games. Stock scored all 22 of her points in the second half, at one point scoring 16 straight in just under three minutes. She went 8-of-9 from the floor in the second half, including 6-of-7 from distance.
Sydney Crafton (Jefferson City, Mo.) finished the game with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting while senior center Liz Smith (Overland Park, Kan.) scored 10, marking just the second double-figure scoring game in her career, both coming over the last three games. Liene Priede (Riga, Latvia) scored 10 points while freshman point guard Lianna Doty (St. Louis, Mo.) added 11 points and seven assists. In all, 11 of the 12 Tigers to play on Sunday scored.
As a team, the Tigers buried 12 3-pointers, marking the fifth straight game that the Tigers have hit at least 10 from distance as Mizzou is averaging 38.4 points per game from the 3-point line in its five-game homestand. The Tigers assisted on 23 of 41 field goals and outscored the Salukis in the paint, 44-16. The Tigers also out-rebounded SIU, 45-34, as Darian Saunders (Tuscon, Ariz.) led the way with six.
The Tigers got off to a slow start as they did not get on the board until the 17:23 mark after a nice turnaround jumper by Smith. That sparked an 8-0 Tiger run as the Tiger defense limited SIU without a field goal for more than seven minutes. The Tigers during that span were on fire, highlighted by the play of Smith, who hit four of her first five shots as Mizzou opened a 23-13 lead by the under-12 media timeout.
The Tigers expanded the lead to 27-13 at the under eight timeout and never looked back, opening a 47-28 advantage at the half. Mizzou shot 18-of-32 in the first, good for a first half season-best 56.3-percent clip from the floor. Seven Tigers scored in the first half, led by nine from Kulas and eight apiece from Priede and Smith.
Coming out of the locker room, Mizzou kept its hot shooting touch as it extended its lead to 71-37 after a layup from Morgan Eye (Montrose, Mo.). From there it was all Tigers as they scored 63 points in the second half, their most in a half all season, while shooting a blistering 59.0-percent from the floor in the second.
Auburn Defense Stifles Temple For 71-49 Win
AUBURN – The Auburn women’s basketball team is on its best start through 10 games since the 2008-09 season after picking up a 71-49 win over Temple Sunday. The Tigers improve to 8-2 on the year while Temple drops to 5-4, the Owls’ first loss to the Tigers in four years.
“It feels good for the players,” Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “It’s not me. I just had to do what I needed to do to help them win the game. I’m really proud of our young ladies because when you keep hearing something over and over again, that’s what you begin to think, especially when they start to make their run. I’m really proud of the young ladies, and that’s something that they can now put in their list of things that they’ve achieved, especially our seniors, not letting a team beat them for three years in a row.”
Turnovers were once again the key to success in Auburn’s playbook against Temple. The Tigers forced 28 turnovers, tying their season high, and scored 36 points off turnovers.
“That’s the first thing I said when I went into the locker room because the live-ball turnovers, especially, I mean we have to run the floor, and we have to get layups off of those,” Williams-Flournoy said. “That’s easy offense for us.”
Auburn had four players score in double figures for the fifth time this season. Tyrese Tanner led the Tigers with 18 points, and Hasina Muhammad followed with 16. Muhammad also added a career high six assists, a season high three blocks and five steals. Blanche Alverson and Tra’cee Tanner each tallied 10 points.
The Tigers started out slow in the first half, but put together a 7-0 run beginning with 14:57 remaining in the half. Alverson hit a 3-pointer to make the score 7-3 and spark the run. With her trey, Alverson took sole ownership of fourth-place on Auburn’s all-time career 3-pointers list with 162. She finished the game 2-4 from beyond the arc and now has 163 career 3s.
Auburn held Temple scoreless for more than five minutes during the run before the Owls picked up a basket with 11:49 remaining. Both sides traded field goals before Auburn began to pull away for good.
With a 30-17 lead at the half, the Tigers continued to pressure Temple and never let the Owls get within eight of the lead. Tyrese Tanner and Muhammad combined for 21 of Auburn’s 41 second-half points and the Tigers held on for the decisive 22-point victory.
Victoria Macaulay led Temple with 18 points and six rebounds, while Tyonna Williams added 12. Auburn shot 52.5 percent from the field, its third-highest shooting percentage of the season, while limiting Temple to 19-of-56 (.339).