|Women's Basketball RESULTS
|Auburn 80, UAB 57
|East Illinois 60, Mizzou 58
Auburn Takes Care of Business Against UAB
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn opened up NIT play on Wednesday night in front of its home crowd and made it look easy in an 80-57 triumph over UAB. The Tigers (17-14) used a 53-point effort in the second half to separate themselves from the Blazers (18-13) en route to the big victory.
Tyrese Tanner led the effort for Auburn with a game-high 29 points on 12-of-21 shooting. Tanner added three rebounds and a pair of assists to her stat line on the evening, and she helped the Tigers shoot 45 percent from the field as a team compared to 38 percent from UAB.
Peyton Davis and Blanche Alverson did their part for the Tigers, dropping in 11 points each while combining for 13 rebounds. Chadarryl Clay added eight points and six boards off the bench for Auburn, and the Tigers won the rebounding battle by a final tally of 39 to 30. AU forced UAB into 23 turnovers on the evening while limiting the Blazers to just 13 assists on the offensive end.
Chelsea Black led the scoring effort for the Blazers with a team-best 15 points and three rebounds on five-of-nine from the floor. Karisma Chapman and Amber Jones added 10 points apiece in the loss for UAB, while Kelsie Weynand chipped in six points of her own.
The Tigers led by as many as 28 points throughout the game, thanks in part to a 41 percent effort from beyond 3-point range.
Mizzou Edged Out by EIU
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri led by as many as eight points in the second half of its NIT tilt with Eastern Illinois, but it wasn’t enough for the Tigers (17-15) to avoid a 60-58 loss to the Panthers. Ta’Kenya Nixon dropped 27 points for the Panthers on the night, and Mizzou was unable to hold onto its late lead.
Sydney Crafton and Bri Kulas led the scoring effort for Missouri on the night, pouring in 12 points apiece and combining for 10 rebounds. No other Tigers managed to crack double figures on the scoreboard, however, as Morgan Eye and Liz Smith were the next highest scorers with nine points each.
Mizzou connected on 40 percent of its field goals on the night, including seven 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with EIU, which drained 50 percent of its shot attempts in the victory (27-for-54). Missouri managed to win the rebounding battle, but 16 turnovers did not help the cause.
Nixon knocked down 13 of her 17 shots in the big performance while also adding five assists and three rebounds to her stat line. Mariah King scored 11 to go along with five rebounds, and Kelsey Wyss tacked on nine points of her own for the Panthers.
Missouri held on to a 47-39 advantage midway through the second half of play, but EIU mounted a 21-11 run in the final minutes to seize the win.