Auburn stuns defending champ LSU, sets crowd record

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Auburn, Alabama – Auburn, trailed by 21 points from Honesty Scott Grayson, defeated defending national champion No. 7 LSU 67-62 in front of a large crowd watching a women’s basketball game at Neville Arena on Sunday. It was overwhelming.

Trailing 52-51, Scott Grayson opened the fourth quarter with a jumper to give the Tigers a one-point lead amid cheers of “Let’s go Auburn!” A roar echoed through the arena, which was attended by 7,720 people.

Celia Sumbein stole the ball, passed to Marshawn Bostic, and Scott Grayson made a layup to give Auburn a 55-54 lead, and the Tigers held the advantage until the final 6:34. .

McKenna Eddings’ only goal of the game was a corner 3-pointer that extended Auburn’s lead to 59-55 with 5:21 left.

With less than three minutes remaining, Angel Reese converted a putback for LSU’s first field goal of the quarter, cutting Auburn’s lead to one point.

Scott-Grayson’s drive-and-goal gave Auburn a 62-59 lead at the 2:29 mark, and Jamya Mingo-Young’s four free throws late in the game kept LSU at bay.

Undeterred by LSU’s championship resume and star-studded roster, Auburn had four steals and outscored the visitors 7-3 on turnovers to lead by double digits in the first quarter. was built.

Mingo-Young stole the ball and passed it to Honesty Scott-Grayson, who made a layup, drew a foul and made a free throw to give Auburn an 11-7 lead.

Scott-Grayson scored eight points in the quarter, including a 3-pointer that gave the Tigers a 10-point lead, but LSU made two free throws with 1.3 seconds left to end the period and take the lead in the first. Auburn’s lead was cut to 23-15 at the end of the quarter.

The home Tigers missed their first six shots of the second quarter, but LSU went on a 10-0 run to take the lead. Mingo-Yong hit a jumper, tying the score at 25-25. After an Auburn steal, a 3-point play by Sumbein gave the Tigers a 28-25 lead midway through the quarter.

In a first half that saw the lead change hands eight times, Scott-Grayson’s layup gave Auburn its last lead of the half, and LSU answered with a layup seven seconds later to take a 37-34 lead at halftime.

Trailing by three points in the first half, Auburn took a 40-37 lead on baskets by Kaitlin Duhon, Scott Grayson and Taylen Collins for the first six points of the third quarter.

After LSU regained the lead, Sydney Shaw’s second-chance 3-pointer gave Auburn a one-point lead, and Reese’s layup eight seconds later gave the Bengal Tigers a 48-47 lead.

Scott-Grayson hit a jumper with four seconds left in the third quarter to pull Auburn within one with 10 minutes remaining.

Auburn (12-5, 1-3) travels to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT before returning to the Plains next Sunday to host Alabama for a homestand. to begin a three-game homestand.

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