Hassina Muhammad had 16 points for Auburn/Todd Van Emst photo
AUBURN – Auburn's women's basketball team forced 28 turnovers, turned them into 36 points and ran away to a 71-49 victory over Temple at Auburn Arena on Sunday
The Tigers, losers to Temple the past two seasons, improved to 8-2, their best start since 2008. Temple fell to 5-4.
“It feels good for the players,” first-year Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “It’s not me. I just had to do what I needed to do to help them win the game. When you keep hearing something over and over again, that’s what you begin to think, especially when they start to make their run. That’s something that they can now put in their list of things that they’ve achieved, especially our seniors, not letting a team beat them for three years in a row.”
For the fifth time this season, four Auburn players scored in double figures for the fifth time this season. Tyrese Tanner had 18 points and Hasina Muhammad followed with 16. Muhammad also added a career-high six assists, a season-high three blocks and five steals. Blanche Alverson and Tra’cee Tanner each had 10 points.
The Tigers led 30-17 at halftime. Temple pulled within eight, but Tyrese Tanner and Muhammad led a surge that put the game away. They combined for 21 of Auburn's 41 second-half points.
Auburn shot 52.5 percent from the field, its third-highest shooting percentage of the season, while limiting Temple to 33.9 percent on 19-of-56.
Auburn will play Chattanooga (8-1) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Auburn Arena.