Duke Too Much for Tigers

Auburn, Ala.--Duke hit 50 percent of its field goals as the sixth-ranked Blue Devils defeated the Auburn women's basketball team 75-62 on Thursday night.

Auburn, which managed to hit just 40 percent of its field goals, dropped its second game this week to a ranked opponent. The Tigers lost to FSU 67-61 on Monday night. Auburn fell to 1-2 with the loss while Duke improved to 3-0.

"It was a tough game for us, no doubt," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "I think we learned a lot tonight though. The season is early and we have to continue to learn against teams of this caliber.

"We saw tonight that we are capable of having a lot more defensive pressure put on people and we will definitely try to capitalize on that, but we have to take care of the basketball better. There were too many turnovers and not knocking down free throws, to help keep your confidence in the game. I was really pleased with the effort. I thought we played hard but we are just going to have to keep getting better."

Auburn turned the ball over 21 times to 17 for the Blue Devils and the Tigers were 16-24 at the foul line while Duke made 12-13 free throws.

Guards Alli Smalley and Morgan Toles led the Tigers with 12 points apiece.

Despite the 1-2 start, Smalley said she believes it was a good thing to schedule two of the top teams in the country the first week of the season. "I definitely think it is good for us," she said. "Any time you can play against a top 25 team that is going to help us because we need that experience.

"We have five freshmen," she added. "We need to play the best competition that we can play against to help us when we get into SEC, and also for post season play. I think it is very good for us."

Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie, a former Auburn assistant, said, "I like our teams fight very much and I liked Auburn's fight as well. I am very proud of our team's poise down the stretch and our execution. Any time you can shoot 50 percent from the floor, it shows good decision making.

"Defensively, to hold a team to 50 shots in a game and disrupt things for them, I think that is good too," she said. "I have a lot of respect for Auburn, I love Auburn, it is a great place. I was very proud of our team and Jasmine Thomas', Karima Christmas' and Krystal Thomas' leadership. They were on their game, focused and brought along two first year players with them."


DUKE (3-0)
Thomas,Jasmine 7-13 1-2 16; Gray,Chelsea 3-6 6-6 13; Thomas,Krystal 5-6 1-2 11; Peters,Haley 5-9 0-0 10; Christmas,Karima 4-8 1-1 10; Wells,Chloe 2-6 0-0 5; Vernerey,Allison 1-1 2-2 4; Liston,Tricia 2-4 0-0 4; Selby,Shay 1-1 0-0 2; Scheer,Kathleen 0-5 0-0 0; Jackson,Richa 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-60 11-13 75.

AUBURN (1-2)

Toles, Morgan 5-10 2-4 12; Smalley, Alli 3-4 4-4 12; Alverson, Blanche 3-10 1-2 9; Greenleaf, Jordan 3-8 2-4 8; Tanner, Tyrese 2-4 0-0 6; Jennings, Morgan 1-3 3-4 5; Simmons, Parrisha 1-3 2-4 4; Hilliard, Chantel 1-5 2-2 4; West, Pascale 1-1 0-0 2; Davis, Peyton 0-0 0-0 0; Williams, Jassany 0-2 0-0 0; Strain, Courtney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-50 16-24 62.

Duke 39 36 75
Auburn 29 33 62

3-point goals--Duke 4-18 (Christmas,Karima 1-4; Gray,Chelsea 1-3; Thomas,Jasmine 1-4; Wells,Chloe 1-3; Liston,Tricia 0-2; Scheer,Kathleen 0-1; Jackson,Richa 0-1), Auburn 6-17 (Tanner, Tyrese 2-4; Alverson, Blanche 2-8; Smalley, Alli 2-3; Greenleaf, Jordan 0-2).
Fouled out--Duke-Peters,Haley, Auburn-None.
Rebounds--Duke 31 (Thomas,Krystal 7), Auburn 31 (Alverson, Blanche 7).
Assists--Duke 10 (Thomas,Jasmine 5), Auburn 13 (Toles, Morgan 5).
Total fouls--Duke 19, Auburn 17.
Technical fouls--Duke-None, Auburn-None.

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