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Walker leads No. 15 Texas A&M past Auburn, 86-54

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2014 at 10:39 pm •  Published: March 7, 2014

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Courtney Walker sank her first seven shots and scored 25 points, leading No. 15 Texas A&M to a runaway 86-54 win over Auburn on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Each of the top four seeds advanced to Saturday's semifinals. Texas A&M will play No. 6 Tennessee. Fifth-ranked South Carolina, the top seed, will play No. 12 Kentucky in the first semifinal.

"The whole nation is going to be able to see the top four teams play and all of us are in the top 15," said Texas A&M coach Gary Blair. "I think it's going to be great for SEC basketball."

Tennessee won 76-55 at Texas A&M on Jan. 26.

"Playing Tennessee, it's a great platform because it's a team with so much history," said Aggies guard Jordan Jones, who had 11 assists, six points and three steals.

"For us to be able to step on the floor with them tomorrow speaks great volumes to this program as well. I feel if we keep this momentum, keep on doing what we're doing, it should be a better game than it was out in College Station."

Karla Gilbert had 15 points and Courtney Williams added 12 for the Aggies (24-7), the defending SEC tournament champion.

Tyrese Tanner led Auburn (17-14) with 14 points. Brandy Montgomery had 12.

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