Aicha Coulibaly, Auburn topple Tennessee for first top-5 win in 25 years


Auburn women’s basketball upset No. 4 Tennessee on Thursday, 71-61, for the program’s first SEC win in almost two years and first top-five win in 25 years.

“I’m really proud of this team,” Auburn’s first-year head coach, Johnnie Harris, said after the game. “We’ve been right there in so many ball games … For them to finally be able to get through and persevere, I’m so happy for them.

Auburn was ahead by just one, 60-59, with four minutes left. The Tigers then went on an 11-0 run to close out the game, with Tennessee managing just 10 points in the final 10 minutes.

Sophomore guard Aicha Coulibaly led Auburn with a game-high 26 points and added seven rebounds. Sania Wells contributed 13 points, while Jala Jordan had 11 points and six rebounds.

“We were not afraid. We didn’t want them to be afraid,” Harris said. “We wanted to go out and have fun, but we wanted to go to war. We wanted to put pressure on them, we wanted to make them uncomfortable, and I feel like we did that.”

The Tigers forced Tennessee into 22 turnovers, converting them into 25 points.

Jordan Horston put up 21 points and eight rebounds in Tennesee’s losing effort. Teammate Jordan Walker had 17 points.

The Vols’ loss, their first in the SEC this season, moves No. 1 South Carolina into first place in the conference standings. The Gamecocks, who had previously dropped a conference game to Missouri, took care of business against Ole Miss, who is third in the SEC standings. South Carolina had called off a scheduled game against UConn on Thursday to reschedule the matchup with Ole Miss and prioritize conference play.

Tennessee and South Carolina are scheduled to meet on Feb. 20 at 12 p.m. ET. Before then, the Vols will look to get back on track against Arkansas on Monday. The Razorbacks mounted an upset of their own Thursday, defeating No. 12 LSU 90-76.