Coach Flo's Tigers Hold Off Hofstra

Hasina Muhammad shoots vs. Hofstra.

The Auburn women's basketball team earned its sixth victory of the season on Sunday at the Auburn Arena.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball team returned to action on Sunday following a break for final exams and held off Hofstra 68-58 with four Tigers scoring in double figures.

Auburn improved to 6-2 while Hofstra fell to 1-7.

Center Peyton Davis sparked the Tigers with 13 points and 12 rebounds for her first collegiate double-double. Tyrese Tanner scored 13 points for the Tigers while Hasina Muhammad added 12 and Blanche Alverson scored 11 points.

Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy's Auburn team led 39-23 at halftime and built the lead to 20 points close to the midway point of the second half.

"I thought we relaxed a bit like this is going to be kind of easy," said Williams-Flournoy, who watched the visitors cut the lead to four points with under two minutes remaining before Auburn pulled away at the end of the game.

Davis was the first Auburn player to record a double-double since Alverson did it in the 2011-2012 season opener vs. Mercer.

"It's funny, I'm going to get on Peyton because she had 13 points and 12 rebounds, but she really could've had more," Williams-Flournoy said. "For us and for Peyton, the more she can build her confidence is only going to help us."

The Tigers were out-rebounded 44-38 and hit 42.4 percent of their field goals to 33.9 percent for the visitors, who turned the ball over 28 times vs. Auburn's pressure defense.

"It was a little rusty," Williams-Flournoy said. "It was hard to get them to really stay focused right now with having finals and trying to get them focused with the scouting report and everything to play. Hopefully, we got all of this out of the way and we can do nothing but play basketball now."

The Tigers return to action on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CST in Washington, D.C., vs. George Washington.

HOFSTRA (58)
AUBURN (68)
Peyton Davis 6-12 1-4 13; Tyrese Tanner 4-18 5-6 13; Hasina Muhammad 5-9 2-5 12; Blanche Alverson 5-9 0-0 11; Najat Ouardad 3-5 0-2 8; Tra'cee Tanner 2-3 0-0 4; Courtney Strain 2-6 0-0 4; Chadarryl Clay 1-3 0-0 3; Cabriana Capers 0-0 0-0 0; Julie King 0-0 0-0 0; Pascale West 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-66 8-17 68.

Hofstra 23 35 58
Auburn 39 29 68

3-point goals--Hofstra 3-15 (Thomas, Andreana 2-5; Jackson, Asia 1-3; Payton, Annie 0-5; Onyeuku, Anma 0-2), Auburn 4-13 (Najat Ouardad 2-4; Blanche Alverson 1-3; Chadarryl Clay 1-3; Courtney Strain 0-1; Tyrese Tanner 0-2).
Fouled out--Hofstra-Evans, Shante, Auburn-None.
Rebounds--Hofstra 44 (Evans, Shante 16), Auburn 38 (Peyton Davis 12).
Assists--Hofstra 13 (Thomas, Andreana 6), Auburn 18 (Najat Ouardad 8).
Total fouls--Hofstra 18, Auburn 15.
Technical fouls--Hofstra-None, Auburn-None
Att.--1,535

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