Tigers Fall On Senior Day for Smalley

Kentucky's success at the foul line was too much for Auburn to overcome as the Tigers lost on Senior Day for guard Alli Smalley.

Auburn, Ala.--Alli Smalley scored 24 points in what could be her last home game, but that wasn't enough to defeat 20th-ranked Kentucky, which used a barrage of free throws to defeat Auburn 76-62 in an SEC women's basketball game on Sunday.

The Wildcats hit 26-34 free throws while Auburn made 12-16 free throws in the contest at Auburn Arena.

"That is where they won the game--on the free throw line," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "I thought we competed everywhere else, but you can't beat the officials, too."

The Tigers dropped to 15-14 overall and 8-8 in the SEC. Kentucky, which finished second in the SEC with a 11-5 SEC mark, improved to 22-7 overall.

Kentucky's full-court pressure was a problem for the Tigers as Auburn finished the game with 29 turnovers, 11 more than UK.

In her Senior Day game Smalley was 7-15 from the field. She hit 4-8 threes and 6-6 free throws.

Morgan Jennings got another start at point guard in place of Morgan Toles, who is sidelined with a concussion. Jennings scored a career-high 16 points and the Tigers added 10 points apiece from Blanche Alverson and Chantel Hilliard. Alverson led Auburn in rebounds with eight.

Victoria Dunlap, the sister of former Auburn football player King Dunlap, led UK with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Auburn hit 22-55 field goals (40 percent) while Kentucky made 23-51 (45.1 percent). Auburn out-rebounded Kentucky 36-32.

Auburn finished in a three-way tie with South Carolina and LSU for fifth place in the SEC regular season. With the tiebreakers the Tigers are seeded sixth for the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament and will open on Thursday at 9 p.m. vs. 11th seed Mississippi State.

If the Tigers defeat Missisisppi State, a team they defeated on the road and lost to in Auburn, the Tigers will play No. 3 seed Vandy at 9 p.m. on Friday. The top four teams in the league earned first round byes.

KENTUCKY (76)

DUNLAP, Victoria 7-13 5-6 19; MATHIES, A'dia 2-6 8-12 13; SNOWDEN, Keyla 4-13 1-2 11; CONWRIGHT, Maegan 4-6 2-3 10; HENDERSON, Brittany 2-2 2-2 6; PINKETT, Bernisha 2-4 2-3 6; O'NEILL, Jennifer 1-4 2-2 5; RILEY, Crystal 1-2 2-2 4; EVANS, Kastine 0-1 2-2 2; BARNETTE, Sarah Beth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 26-34 76.

AUBURN (52)

Smalley, Alli 7-15 6-6 24; Jennings, Morgan 5-8 6-7 16; Alverson, Blanche 4-14 0-0 10; Hilliard, Chantel 5-9 0-1 10; Strain, Courtney 1-4 0-0 2; Williams, Jassany 0-1 0-0 0; Tanner, Tyrese 0-1 0-0 0; Davis, Peyton 0-2 0-0 0; Glymph, Camille 0-0 0-0 0; Simmons, Parrisha 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 22-55 12-16 62.

Kentucky 30 46 76
Auburn 33 29 62

3-point goals--Kentucky 4-14 (SNOWDEN, Keyla 2-10; MATHIES, A'dia 1-1; O'NEILL, Jennifer 1-2; CONWRIGHT, Maegan 0-1), Auburn 6-19 (Smalley, Alli 4-8; Alverson, Blanche 2-9; Hilliard, Chantel 0-1; Jennings, Morgan 0-1).
Fouled out--Kentucky-None, Auburn-None.
Rebounds--Kentucky 32 (DUNLAP, Victoria 7), Auburn 36 (Alverson, Blanche 8).
Assists--Kentucky 13 (MATHIES, A'dia 4), Auburn 12 (Jennings, Morgan 4).
Total fouls--Kentucky 19, Auburn 20.
Technical fouls--Kentucky-None, Auburn-None.
A--3,274

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