Tigers go cold in season-ending loss

It was Smalley's last game as a Tiger

TOLEDO, Ohio — Auburn struggled to find its offense early and often in the second round of the WNIT against Toledo.

And because of that, the Tigers’ season came to an end with a 67-52 loss.

In her final game in an Auburn uniform, Alli Smalley led the Tigers with 13 points, finishing her career in the top 10 all-time in scoring.

Freshman Tyrese Tanner was the only other AU player in double figures with 12.

“This is a tough place to play and Toledo is a tough team, you have to give them credit,” said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. “But, we will take some positives from this game. It was great to get into the postseason and we got some good experience for our young players.”

Four of Auburn’s freshmen, Tanner, Camille Glymph, Courtney Strain and Jassany Williams, combined to score 30 of Auburn’s 52 points. Tanner also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds along with three steals. Morgan Jennings dished out four assists.

The Tigers struggled from the field in the loss, shooting just 31.1 percent and 14.3 percent from 3-point range.

“It just wasn’t a good day for us on the defensive end or shooting the ball,” said Fortner. “We got some really good looks at the basket, they just didn’t drop.”

Smalley finishes her four-year Auburn career with 1,611 career points, becoming one of just eight Tigers all-time to score more than 1,600 points.

“Alli has been apart of our family for so long, even back to when she was coming to our camps,” said Fortner. “I am so proud of her and all that she has accomplished. I’m happy for her now that she will be moving on to bigger and better things.”

Toledo jumped out in the first half, scoring the first 6 points of the game. Auburn cut it to 10-5 and was down just 7 with 7:58 left in the first half, but the Rockets pulled away and led by as many as 14 points late in the half, holding on for a 29-18 halftime lead.

The Rockets came out of the gate in the second half much like the first, scoring the first 8 points of the period and went on to lead by as many as 22 points at 43-21 with 14:34 left.

The Tigers re-grouped and cut the lead to 13 with 9:47 left, but would get no closer. Toledo again led by 21 in the final 4 minutes, but Auburn out-scored the Rockets 10-4 the remainder of the game for the 67-52 loss.

Yolanda Richardson scored a game-high 20 points to lead Toledo. She was followed by Melissa Goodall and Naama Shafir with 12 points each. Richardson also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.

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