Auburn, Ala. – Hasina Muhammad scored a career-high 21 points with seven rebounds and Blanche Alverson added 14 points as Auburn women’s basketball defeated Alabama A&M 93-44 on Sunday afternoon in Auburn Arena.
“What we wanted to do today was not just stand out there and launch threes,” Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “We only took six threes. Our percentage from the 3-point line was absolutely horrible, so we wanted to get in a little closer and attack the basket a little bit more, and I thought we did a better job today of executing our offense and getting the best shot. Not just the first shot, but getting the best shot which increases your percentage.”
The Tigers (3-1) did just that as they shot 59.1 percent (39-of-66) from the floor, a season-best mark.
Three-point plays by both Muhammad and Tyrese Tanner gave Auburn the early advantage. A layup by Muhammad with 12:39 left made it 18-7 in favor of the Tigers.
Auburn opened its lead out to 31-11 on the back of a 16-4 run that was capped by four-straight by Pascale West. The senior from LaGrange, Ga. finished the game with a career-best six points.
Muhammad gave Auburn its largest first half lead of 24 points on a jumper with 3:18 remaining before the break.
The Tigers opened the second half with a 20-3 run over the first seven minutes of play to ice the game. Two at the line by Peyton Davis pushed Auburn’s lead to 50, 85-35, with 5:23 remaining in the contest.
Auburn held its largest lead of 53 points with 2:15 remaining. The Tigers out-scored Alabama A&M 44-18 in the second half and scored 34 points off 23 turnovers in the game.
Alyssa Strickland scored 15 points to lead the Bulldogs (1-2). Courtney Strain tied her career high with 12 points, while Davis had nine points, six rebounds and three steals. Chadarryl Clay scored seven points and tallied five of Auburn’s season-high 27 assists.
Auburn is in action next on November 23 in Boulder, Colo. against San Diego State as part of the 26th annual Omni Hotels Classic.
Courtesy AU Media Relations