Fortner's Tigers Even Record

Auburn took control early with a home women's basketball victory on Tuesday night vs. Alabama A&M.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn evened its record at 6-6 with an 84-45 women's basketball victory over Alabama A&M on Tuesday night at the Auburn Arena.

The Tigers limited the visitors to 28.8 percent shooting from the field and out-rebounded Alabama A&M 49-31. Auburn made 47.1 percent of its shots.

"I just thought it was a really great defensive effort," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "I felt like the press at the beginning of the game really set the tempo for the game. We created turnovers, we turned them into offense, and it kind of got us going."

Alabama A&M, which fell to 4-6, turned the ball over 29 times in the game, The Tigers had ball-handling issues, too, with 21 turnovers.

"The turnovers, that is disappointing--21 turnovers is way too much and I felt like we did that with some poor decisions instead of what the defense forced us into," Fortner said. "We have to make sure that doesn't happen. As far as our aggressiveness defensively and our aggressiveness offensively, pushing the ball and really feeling wings, it was very good today."

Jordan Greenleaf, who hit 6-7 shots, led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points and added five rebounds.

Blanche Alverson scored 14 points for the Tigers and added seven rebounds. Alli Smalley and Chantel Hilliard added 12 points apiece while Morgan Toles scored 11 points and dished out six assists with no turnovers.

The Tigers return to action with a 6 p.m. home game on Thursday vs. Jacksonville State.

ALABAMA A&M (45)

WILLIAMS,Gabrielle 5-12 4-5 14; STRICKLAND,Brittney 3-8 2-3 8; TOBAR,Whiquitta 1-10 6-9 8; MOORE,Clarissa 1-4 2-2 4; STRICKLAND,Alyssa 1-4 1-2 3; WATKINS,Nesfayia 1-3 0-0 2; MILLER,Shaurice 1-2 0-0 2; STOVER,Chasity 1-3 0-0 2; ROBERTSON,NaDra 1-1 0-0 2; BRANTLEY,Renee 0-0 0-0 0; MARSHALL,Chelsea 0-2 0-0 0; SANDERS,Jasmine 0-1 0-0 0; O'NEAL,Danielle 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-52 15-21 45.

< AUBURN (84)

Greenleaf, Jordan 6-7 3-3 15; Alverson, Blanche 6-10 0-0 14; Smalley, Alli 5-14 2-3 12; Hilliard, Chantel 5-7 2-2 12; Toles, Morgan 5-9 1-3 11; Jennings, Morgan 1-1 4-4 6; Williams, Jassany 1-2 3-4 5; Simmons, Parrisha 2-5 1-1 5; Davis, Peyton 2-6 0-0 4; Strain, Courtney 0-7 0-0 0; West, Pascale 0-0 0-0 0; Tanner, Tyrese 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-70 16-20 84.

Alabama A&M 19 26 45
Auburn 43 41 84

3-point goals--Alabama A&M 0-7 (; STRICKLAND,Brittney 0-2; TOBAR,Whiquitta 0-2; MOORE,Clarissa 0-1; STRICKLAND,Alyssa 0-1; MARSHALL,Chelsea 0-1), Auburn 2-10 (Alverson, Blanche 2-6; Smalley, Alli 0-2; Strain, Courtney 0-1; Tanner, Tyrese 0-1).

Fouled out--Alabama A&M-None, Auburn-None.

Rebounds--Alabama A&M 31 (TOBAR,Whiquitta 5), Auburn 49 (Alverson, Blanche 7; Toles, Morgan 7).

Assists--Alabama A&M 9 (TOBAR,Whiquitta 3), Auburn 17 (Toles, Morgan 6).

Total fouls--Alabama A&M 17, Auburn 17.

Technical fouls--Alabama A&M-None, Auburn-None.

Attendance--2,039


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