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Auburn earns home win vs. Oklahoma in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge

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Auburn women's basketball vs Oklahoma on Sunday, December 2, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Photo: Wade Rackley /Auburn Athletics
Emari Jones (5) Auburn women's basketball vs Oklahoma on Sunday, December 2, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Photo: Wade Rackley /Auburn Athletics

The Auburn women’s basketball team defeated Oklahoma (2-5) 95-79 in the SEC/BIG 12 Challenge Sunday afternoon at Auburn Arena. 

With the victory, Auburn has won 11 straight non-conference home games dating back to the 2016-17 season. 

“I thought our team came out well prepared. We started a little shaky in the first quarter, but we got ourselves together,” Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “Oklahoma is a very good team. I had to tell our players not to look at their four losses.” 

Auburn had five players in double-figures, led by sophomore forward Unique Thompson, who had 14 points and 17 rebounds. Junior guard Daisa Alexander was the Tigers’ leading scorer with 19 points. 

Oklahoma started off the game hot, making four of eight three-point shots in the first quarter. The Sooners had a seven-point cushion at the end of the first quarter, leading 24-17.

Auburn would respond in the second quarter with efficient play on both ends of the floor. The Tigers held Oklahoma to six points in the second quarter, with freshman guard Robyn Benton making three three-pointers in the first half.

The Tigers maintained their defensive intensity through the second half, forcing Oklahoma to commit 21 turnovers overall. However, Oklahoma guard Taylor Robertson kept the Sooners in the game with her 27 points and shooting five for seven behind the arc.

Auburn improves its record to 6-1 with the victory. The Tigers will travel to Philadelphia to face off against St. Joseph’s in their next game this Thursday at 6 P.M. CT.

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