Auburn football wasn't the Auburn team in action on Saturday. Auburn women’s basketball was back in action for its second game of the season, notching its second win in a close one, 66-64 over Samford.
The Tigers were led in scoring by senior Unique Thompson, who had a double-double, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. This was Thompson’s second straight 16 point game after another productive outing in the Tigers’ season opener against USC Upstate.
Auburn struggled from the floor all night, shooting just 36 percent from the floor and 28 percent from three, compared to the Samford Bulldogs’ every efficient 52 percent from the field and 36 percent from three.
The difference came at the free throw line with the Tigers attempting 23 free throws to the Bulldogs 10. Auburn took advantage, sinking 15 of the 23 free throw attempts including five in the final 20 seconds, two from Thompson and three from junior Kira Lowery. Those free throws were a crucial part of fending off a late run from Samford, who had two late three pointers from Katie Allen, the team's leading sorcerer tonight.
Allen led the way for the Bulldogs with 21 points and Shauntai Battle contributed 19 as well but it wasn’t enough. The Tigers were able to escape with a win and will move to 2-0 on the year while the Bulldogs fall to 0-2.
Auburn WBB returns to Auburn Arena on Tuesday against Gardner-Webb, with tip-off scheduled from 6 p.m. CST.