Tanner sisters lead Auburn past Ole Miss

Auburn's Tyrese Tanner drives against Ole Miss forward Tia Faleru in the first half. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Auburn’s Tyrese Tanner drives against Ole Miss forward Tia Faleru in the first half. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Charles Odum

AP Sports Writer

DULUTH, Ga. – Tra’Cee Tanner scored 17 points, older sister Tyrese Tanner had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Auburn pulled away late to beat Ole Miss 70-54 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday night.

Auburn (17-13) led only 54-52 midway through the second half before an 8-0 run stretched the lead to 10 points.

Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss (12-20) with 23 points, including 20 in the first half. No other player scored in double figures for the Rebels, who beat Auburn 73-71 in overtime on Sunday to close the regular season.

Tra’Cee Tanner, who usually plays a complementary role to her older sister, came within two points of her career high.

Auburn will play No. 3 seed Texas A&M in the quarterfinals on Friday night.