No. 22 Auburn runs past Troy State women, 86-44

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 21, 2001

AUBURN – The Troy State women’s basketball team shot a dismal 26 percent from the floor and just 16 percent from 3-point range, in addition to committing 27 turnovers, in falling 86-44 to 22nd-ranked Auburn on Thursday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Thea Herring scored 12 points and Chaquita Alexander added 11 for Troy State (3-5), which missed its first 10 attempts from 3-point range and finished just 4-of-25 from behind the arc. Auburn (11-0) shot 42 percent and outrebounded TSU 54-43 in winning its 11th straight against the Lady Trojans. Natasha Brackett led the Tigers with 17 points.

Herring also grabbed 10 rebounds, finishing with her fourth double-double of the season.

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"It was a game where our shooting hurt us," Troy State head coach Jerry Hester said. "If we had hit some of our shots early, it might have been a different game. We just couldn’t find the range, and that hurt us."

Troy State led 4-2 two minutes into the game but eventually fell victim to Auburn’s defensive pressure and size. The Tigers forged ahead 23-9 over the next eight minutes and used an 11-1 run just before the half pushing go ahead, 46-25, at the intermission.

An 8-0 run early in the second half all but sealed the final outcome for the Tigers, who are 76-2 in non-conference home games since 1992.

Troy State will take nine days off for Christmas before returning to action on Dec. 29 against Louisiana-Monroe. Tipoff for that game is set for 7 Trojan Arena.