LADY FLIGHTS BASKETBALL: Tennessee stunned by last-place Auburn | Sports News

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AUBURN, Ala. –Aicha Coulibaly had 26 points and Auburn scored 11 straight in a 71-61 loss to No. 4 Tennessee, ending the Lady Vols’ nine-game winning streak on Thursday night.

The Tigers (9-10, 1-7 Southeastern Conference), the last SEC team to earn a league victory, built an 11-point halftime lead and closed strong. Tennessee (18-2, 7-1) became the only SEC team with a perfect league record, but went six scoreless minutes on the court before a meaningless field goal with two seconds left.

Coulibaly shot 10 of 14 and had seven rebounds for Auburn, which had squandered back-to-back fourth quarter leads but finally took over this time. The Tigers dominated the fourth 21-10.

Sania Wells added 13 points for Auburn, while Jala Jordan finished with 11 and Annie Hughes with 10. The Tigers were playing their third game in five days.

Jordan Horston led Tennessee with 21 points and eight rebounds, but also committed six of the team’s 21 turnovers. Jordan Walker scored 17.

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Auburn turned a 10-point first-quarter deficit into a 39-28 halftime lead. Jordan hit a 3-pointer from the top of the sideline with four seconds left to give the Tigers their biggest advantage.

Auburn scored the final nine points of the first quarter to cut a 10-point deficit to 17-16

Horston scored six straight points to cap a 12-0 streak early in the third quarter to help restore Tennessee’s lead.

Auburn’s Mar’shaun Bostic hit a layup at the third quarter buzzer to make it 51-50. Then Auburn took over.

Tennessee committed seven turnovers in the second quarter, a problem that plagued the team throughout. It was the Lady Vols’ first loss since falling to defending national champion Stanford on December 18.

The Lady Vols are without center Keyen Green, who tore his ACL in last weekend’s win over Georgia.

Tennessee committed seven turnovers in the second quarter, a problem that plagued the team throughout. It was the Lady Vols’ first loss since falling to defending national champion Stanford on December 18.

Auburn committed just nine turnovers to help secure coach Johnnie Harris’ biggest win of the first season.

Prior to the game, the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Selection Committee had Tennessee as the No. 4 seed for the NCAA Tournament. They will announce new top 16 screenings on February 10 and 28.

Tennessee hosts Arkansas on Monday.

Auburn visits Vanderbilt on Sunday.

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