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Familiar foe for Auburn women

AUBURN – Auburn’s women’s basketball team won’t be caught napping against Tulane in the third round of the WNIT at Auburn Arena tonight. The Tigers have seen the Green Wave before. On Nov. 29, they rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to win 70-65 in New Orleans.

Peyton Davis says Tigers will be ready for Tulane tonight.

“Some of us played horrible,” Junior Auburn guard Tyrese Tanner said. “I know I did.”

The Tigers will go after their second win over the Green Wave tonight at 6. The winner moves on

Junior center Peyton Davis said she was taken aback by the comments of Tulane players after Auburn road back from a 39-23 halftime deficit.

“I remember in the postgame their quotes about how they should have beat us and all of that stuff, so I know they are going to come here thinking they can,” Davis said. “We don’t think so. It is going to be a good game.”

Tulane senior forward Janique Kautsky is still commenting.

“They’re more confident that they stole the game from us in the last four minutes,” Kautsky said. “We were never losing the game until the last two minutes ... We’ve already made history. From here on out it’s about us and how far we want to go."

Tulane coach Lisa Stockton agrees it should have been different back in November.

“That’s one that got away from us,” Stockton said. “It bothered us and stuck with us.”

Tulane hasn’t done a lot of losing this season, going 24-8 and finishing second in Conference USA. The Green wave went on the road and beat Arkansas 60-48 to advance to the third round in postseason play for the first time in school history. Auburn, after blowout wins over UAB and Western Kentucky in the first two rounds, is 18-14.

Hasina Muhammad, who scored a career-high 24 points against WKU, leads Auburn with 14.5 points per game. Tanner averages 13.8 points and Blanche Alverson 12.6 points and 6.3 rebounds.

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