Auburn’s woman basketball team extended its seven-game win streak in an 86-81 victory over North Carolina on Thursday night in its first overtime win since 2016.
"That was a huge gut-check win," Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "What an unbelievable win. Everybody at some point made a play. It wasn't just one person. Everybody made up for somebody, we got some defensive stops. … It was a great game."
Janiah McKay and Unique Thompson scored 21 apiece, which was a season-high for both. Thompson also reached a season-high in rebounds by bringing down 18 boards.
The Tigers two anchors set the pace for the rest of the team to play with an ample amount of energy. Williams-Flournoy's signature defense was on full display. Auburn managed to force 27 turnovers and turned that into 38 points.
The Tigers high energy paid dividends when they fought back from a late fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime. McKay hit freshman Robyn Benton for a layup to tie the game at 69 with 10 seconds left. Once overtime started, the Tigers never trailed.
Crystal Primm, a recent Duke transfer, had a career day against her former arch-rival. The 18 points she chipped in was the highest mark in her college career.
Auburn continues its Carolinas tour with a game against Elon on Sunday.
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