Bulls Overpower Fortner's Tigers

Tampa, Fla.--The Auburn women's basketball team hit just 18-62 field goals as the Tigers fell 67-49 to South Florida on Monday night to drop to 1-3.

The Tigers got 16 points from Chantel Hilliard and 13 from Jordan Greenleaf who added 10 rebounds, but had little offensive production from any other players.

South Florida improved to 3-2 as Andrea Smith led the Bulls with 33 points. The Bulls shot 53.1 percent from the field and made 10-19 threes.

USF jumped on Auburn early taking a 22-3 lead. Auburn managed to cut the lead to 36-24 at halftime. The Tigers then went on an 8-0 run to the start the second half, but that was as close as the Tigers would get.

"It was a pretty deep hole to get in to and we had to expend a lot of energy to get out of it," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "In the second half, we did some nice things, but they were always there to hit a big shot and extend it back out."

The Tigers, who hit just 29 percent of their field goals, made just 2-13 threes. "I thought we were getting good looks, they just did not drop," Fortner said. "It is disappointing, but that is the game of basketball. We just have to get back up and get ready to go at it again."

The Tigers will return to action at noon CST on Friday at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, The Bahamas vs. Sacred Heart.

USF 67, AUBURN 49

AUBURN (1-3)
Hilliard, Chantel 7-9 2-2 16; Greenleaf, Jordan 5-13 3-4 13; Alverson, Blanche 3-11 0-0 8; Smalley, Alli 1-11 2-3 4; Toles, Morgan 0-4 3-4 3; Tanner, Tyrese 1-3 0-0 2; Williams, Jassany 1-6 0-0 2; Jennings, Morgan 0-4 1-2 1; Davis, Peyton 0-1 0-0 0; Simmons, Parrisha 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 18-62 11-17 49.

USF (3-2) SMITH, Andrea 12-22 1-2 33; CARN, Daleisha 5-5 0-0 10; GRANT, Porche 4-5 0-0 8; CONNER, Tiffany 2-4 2-2 7; SAUNDERS, Kaneisha 2-8 0-0 5; WYNNE, Jasmine 1-2 2-3 4; EKSTROM, Salla 0-0 0-0 0; MC DONALD, Akila 0-0 0-1 0; FLOWERS, Aleshia 0-0 0-0 0; SMITH, Andrell 0-2 0-1 0; DOOMES-STEPHENS, Le 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-49 5-9 67.

Auburn 24 25 49

USF 36 31 67

3-point goals--Auburn 2-13 (Alverson, Blanche 2-8; Smalley, Alli 0-4; Toles, Morgan 0-1), USF 10-19 (SMITH, Andrea 8-13; SAUNDERS, Kaneisha 1-2; CONNER, Tiffany 1-2; SMITH, Andrell 0-1; DOOMES-STEPHENS, Le 0-1).
Fouled out--Auburn-None, USF-None.
Rebounds--Auburn 39 (Greenleaf, Jordan 10), USF 35 (GRANT, Porche 7).
Assists--Auburn 9 (Tanner, Tyrese 3; Toles, Morgan 3), USF 21 (SAUNDERS, Kaneisha 7).
Total fouls--Auburn 16, USF 15.
Technical fouls--Auburn-None, USF-None.
Attendance--1,106


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