June 24, 2024

Auburn dismantles Kentucky for second consecutive conference win

At Neville Arena on Thursday, the Auburn women’s basketball team defeated Kentucky 78-50 thanks to stifling defense.

“I believed that when our children came out, we did so to establish the tone and deliver the first blow. Johnnie Harris, head coach of Auburn, stated, “I thought we did that.” “On the defensive end, we played with extreme aggression. We applied pressure on the ball when in the passing lanes. I felt that we set the tone for the game by making it difficult for them to achieve what they desire.

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Auburn’s defense is keeping conference opponents to an average of 11 points below their season scoring average. The Tigers defense was a formidable force, forcing 26 turnovers and holding the Wildcats well below their season average of 65.4 points per game.

The Tigers led 18–4 at the end of the first quarter and prevented Kentucky from scoring as many first-quarter points as they had all season. The Cats shot 10.5% and finished 2–19 from the field.

Regarding the defensive effort, Harris remarked, “It’s what we do.” “We intend to carry out tonight’s actions. We anticipate exiting in the passing lane. We anticipate stealing. We anticipate getting assistance and being charged.

The second quarter was largely the same as the Tigers took advantage of 12 forced turnovers to increase their lead to 21 before the half.

In the third quarter, Kentucky went on a run of their own and cut the Tigers’ advantage to only 15, but the Tigers would ultimately win the game with a 28-point edge

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Sincerity With 22 points, Scott-Grayson led the team in scoring for yet another outstanding performance. Scott-Grayson has scored more than 20 points in each of her previous five games, totaling 125 points.

During her most recent performance, Scott-Grayson stated, “I’m just playing my role.” “Taking those pictures, those expansive pictures. Engaging my teammates in the process. I simply go out there and let the game find me without giving it too much thought.

Taylen Collins, a transfer forward, had a memorable evening as she produced a double-double with a season-high 19 points and 11 rebounds.

“I was only identifying the small openings that the defense was providing for me.” My guys were really good at locating me. It kind of made room for me to kind of get the pickup points, especially when they were attacking, Collins remarked.

With 10 points apiece, JaMya Mingo-Young and Kaitlyn Duhon both ended in double figures. In addition, Mingo-Young recorded a team-high six assists and eight rebounds.

Auburn’s record this season is at 16-8 (5-6 SEC) after the victory.

According to ESPN’s Bracketology, Auburn is within striking distance of the NCAA Tournament as the Tigers are among the final four teams and on the verge of elimination.

“We are aware that we have work to do. Although we are taking each game as it comes up, Harris stated, “We are definitely talking about that.”

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