MINNEAPOLIS -- The Auburn Tigers led wire-to-wire in posting a 66-60 win over UCLA in the second game of the Subway Classic at Minnesota's Williams Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers scored the first five points of the game and never trailed in the contest. The Bruins tied it at 19-19 with 6:47 left, but Auburn closed the half with a 14-8 run to hold a 33-27 lead at the break. Auburn outrebounded the Bruins 27-18 while holding UCLA to 33.3% from the field. The Bruins didn't help their cause by shooting 50% from the free throw line (5-for-10) and committing nine turnovers (UCLA only averages 14 turnovers per game).
UCLA drops to 5-6 overall while Auburn improved to 9-3.
UCLA had three different possessions to take the lead in the second half, but turned the ball over on every possession. That was a common theme for the game as UCLA could not handle Auburn's full-court pressure, committing a season-high 22 turnovers. UCLA outshot Auburn for the game, 33.9% to 32.9%. But the Tigers made a living off the glass, especially on the offensive end (23) and led 54-41 in rebounding and 18-6 off second chance points.
The Bruins were led by Atonye Nyingifa's 19 points. She also added six rebounds, three assists and one steal before fouling out with 1:39 remaining. Thea Lemberger added 18 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. Nirra Fields scored 15 points and had a game-high nine rebounds. She also contributed a a career-high eight steals. Lemberger and Fields were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
Corinne Costa had eight points, six rebounds and tied her career-high of seven blocks in just her second game of the season.
Tyrese Tanner scored a game-high 24 points and added eight rebounds and four steals for Auburn. Brandy Montgomery (14 points and six boards) and Hasina Muhammad (10 points and six boards) rounded out a trio of Tigers to reach double figures in scoring.
The Bruins return to action at home on Dec. 28 when they host Cal Poly at Noon. The Bruins then open Pac-12 play when they host USC on Dad's and Daughter's Day on Dec. 30. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. against the Trojans live on the Pac-12 Networks.
UCLA vs. Auburn (Subway Classic - Game Two)