Auburn women top LSU for first SEC road win, 63-53
Senior Cabriana Capers had a career-high 10 points and nine rebounds as Auburn got its first SEC road victory of the season, defeating LSU 63-53 Monday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Auburn (14-8, 4-5 SEC) overcame a season-high 30 turnovers and almost the entire lineup in foul trouble to snap a six-game losing streak to LSU (8-14, 2-7) and earn its first win in Baton Rouge since 2010.
“A lot of it was just getting the ball inside to Tra’Cee, and attacking and getting some transition layups,” Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “At the end of the day, it’s a win. We’ve just got to play a little bit better as far as turning the ball over. We can’t have the careless turnovers.”
Capers’ previous career-high was eight points against Hampton last season, and she tied her career-best with nine rebounds while playing a season-high 17 minutes off the bench.
“She was ready to play tonight,” Williams-Flournoy said of Capers. “She gave us the lift we needed tonight.”
Four players finished in double-figures for Auburn. Katie Frerking and Tra’Cee Tanner scored 13 points apiece, with Brandy Montgomery and Capers adding 10 each. Capers was the rebounding leader with nine, and Frerking pulled down seven boards as Auburn out-rebounded LSU 36-28.
Auburn shot 48.9 percent for the game, their best in SEC play this season, including a 60.8-percent mark in the second half. A 71-percent night at the free-throw line (15-of-21) aided the Auburn effort as the teams combined to be called for 51 fouls. LSU attempted 36 free throws on the night, connecting on 23.
Auburn held LSU to 33.3-percent shooting and without a 3-point field goal. The Auburn defense forced LSU into 24 turnovers with a four-steal night from Frerking leading the defensive effort.
An 8-1 run early in the third quarter gave Auburn a 28-19 lead as Montgomery scored six straight Auburn points in the first three minutes of the period. Auburn would maintain that nine-point lead throughout the third, taking a 38-29 lead into the fourth.
Auburn was able to wear down a shorthanded LSU club that played just six players in the first 39 minutes of the game, increasing its lead to as many as 16 points with 3:09 to play. A foul-plagued final three minutes saw LSU pull as close as six points in the final 30 seconds, but Auburn connected on 12-of-18 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Auburn took a 20-16 halftime lead when Frerking banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer. It maintained a four-point lead Auburn held at the end of the first quarter as LSU was held to eight points in each of the first two periods.
Alexis Hyder led LSU with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Auburn returns home Thursday night to face Vanderbilt. Tip is set for 6 p.m. at Auburn Arena.