Auburn Falls In A Close One To Vanderbilt

Chntel Hilliard

Auburn fell to Vanderbilt 66-61 Thursday night at Auburn Arena.

Auburn, Ala.—Despite having three players in double figures the Auburn women's basketball team (11-12, 3-7 SEC) could not overcome a second-half deficit to Vanderbilt as the Tigers fell 66-61 Thursday night in Auburn Arena. The Commodores improved to 17-5, 5-4 SEC with the win in front of a crowd of just over 2,000 fans.

"We knocked some shots down, but we fell a little short," Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said. "I thought this team fought hard, and we just fell a little short."

Senior Chantel Hilliard led Auburn with 13 points while Camille Glymph added 12 while Morgan Jennings tallied 11 points and tied her career high with seven rebounds.

Despite outrebounding Vanderbilt 34-27, including 19-8 on the offensive boards and getting 23 points from the bench with 14 in the first half, Auburn couldn't overcome bench once again put up an impressive showing with 23 points, including 14 in the first half. The difference came at the charity stripe as Vanderbilt made 20-22 from the line while Auburn hit on just 10-15.

"I'm looking at the stat sheet," Fortner said. "More field goals, more field goal attempts, more offensive rebounds, less turnovers. We did a lot of things right, but we lost at the free throw line."

Auburn relied on a strong defensive performance to match the Commodores in the first half. Vanderbilt shot 50 percent from the floor, but the Tigers forced 10 turnovers, resulting in 12 of Auburn's 33 first-half points.

Despite Vanderbilt holding the lead for the first 10 minutes of the game, the Tigers tied it up, 18-18, after a steal from Parrisha Simmons that resulted in a 3-pointer from Glymph. Jennings took the lead on the next possession with a jumper in the lane.

The Commodores regained the lead with 4:13 to play, and the lead changed three more times before the teams went into the half tied at 33 as another 3-pointer from Glymph just missed as time expired.

Coming out of the locker room, Vanderbilt went on a 7-0 run, but Auburn countered and never let the margin reach double digits. Despite repeated efforts to regain the lead in the second half, the Tigers would be within a point of the Commodores three times with less than three minutes to play to no avail.

Tiffany Clarke led Vanderbilt with 26 points while Jasmine Lister added 13 and six assists. Stephanie Holzer neared a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Auburn returns to action Sunday as it takes on No. 8 Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by the SEC Network. The Lady Volunteers fell to South Carolina, 64-60, Thursday night in Knoxville, falling to 16-6 and 7-2 in the SEC.

Vanderbilt vs Auburn

02-02-12 6 p.m. at Auburn, Ala. -- Auburn Arena

VANDERBILT 66, AUBURN 61

VANDERBILT (17-5, 5-4 SEC) CLARKE, Tiffany 9-11 8-9 26; LISTER, Jasmine 4-7 4-4 13; HOLZER, Stephanie 3-8 4-5 10; FOGGIE, Christina 4-11 0-0 9; BROWN, Elan 1-2 4-4 6; SCHRANN, Kady 1-5 0-0 2; COLEMAN, Jordan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-45 20-22 66.

AUBURN (11-12, 3-7 SEC) Hilliard, Chantel 4-8 5-7 13; Glymph, Camille 5-13 0-0 12; Jennings, Morgan 3-6 5-6 11; Tanner, Tyrese 4-10 0-0 8; Muhammad, Hasina 3-8 0-0 6; Alverson, Blanche 2-8 0-0 5; Williams, Jassany 2-7 0-0 4; Davis, Peyton 1-1 0-0 2; West, Pascale 0-0 0-0 0; Simmons, Parrisha 0-0 0-2 0; Ouardad, Najat 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-61 10-15 61.

Vanderbilt 33 33 66
Auburn 33 28 61

3-point goals--Vanderbilt 2-6 (FOGGIE, Christina 1-5; LISTER, Jasmine 1-1), Auburn 3-13 (Glymph, Camille 2-8; Alverson, Blanche 1-3; Muhammad, Hasina 0-1; Jennings, Morgan 0-1). Fouled out--Vanderbilt-CLARKE, Tiffany, Auburn-Hilliard, Chantel. Rebounds--Vanderbilt 27 (HOLZER, Stephanie 8), Auburn 34 (Jennings, Morgan 7). Assists--Vanderbilt 14 (LISTER, Jasmine 6), Auburn 10 (Jennings, Morgan 3; Glymph, Camille 3). Total fouls--Vanderbilt 16, Auburn 19. Technical fouls--Vanderbilt-None, Auburn-None. A-2622

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