WACO, Texas – Auburn got offensive production from its “Big Three,” but the fourth-ranked and top-seeded Baylor Lady Bears were too much Sunday night as the Tigers’ season ended with an 84-52 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A seven-win improvement over its 2014-15 record, exceeding expectations after being picked to finish 13th out of 14 in the SEC and an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2009 were just a few of the high points Auburn took from its season finale.
“It really doesn't matter the score of this game. Baylor's a very good team,” Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “More importantly, I'm just so proud of my team, you know. No one expected us to be here.”
Junior Brandy Montgomery led Auburn with a 14-point night as the Tigers’ “Big Three” – Montgomery, senior Tra’Cee Tanner and junior Katie Frerking – all scored in double figures. It was the first time this season that the Tigers lost when all three had 10 or more points.
Tanner finished with 13 points in her 132nd and final game as a Tiger, which tied her for the school record in career games played (along with Ruthie Bolton and Linda Godby). With 1,327 points, Tanner concludes her Auburn career 16th on the career scoring list. She also pulled down a team-best eight rebounds, giving her 758 for her career to stand 11th in program history.
Frerking finished with 11 points, and freshman Janiah McKay followed up a 24-point effort against St. John’s with a nine-point night that included a half-court buzzer-beater to end the third quarter.
Turnovers were an issue early – the Tigers committed nine turnovers in the first quarter and 12 in the opening half.