Fortner's Tigers Cruise Past Jacksonville

The Auburn women's basketball team won its third straight game with a victory over Jacksonville State.

Auburn, Ala.--Sophomore Blanche Alverson scored 17 points, senior Jordan Greenleaf added 15 points and sophomore Morgan Toles contributed 10 points and 10 assists as the Auburn women's basketball team defeated Jacksonville State 79-60 on Thursday night.

Auburn improved to 7-6 with its third consecutive win while Jacksonville State fell to 4-9.

The Tigers led just 34-29 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.

"In the first half we missed so many layups and shots that take your confidence away when you miss them," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "We came out and really attacked the zone in the second half. I thought that was the difference.

"We did a good job, offensively, running some things that gave us great looks at the basket--uncontested looks," Fortner said. "I was pleased with that. The intensity was there. We came out ready to play we need to do that every game."

Fortner had praise for her point guard's performance. "I thought that was one of the best games Morgan Toles has had this year. When you get the double-double with points and assists--the last person to do that was Whitney Boddie. That is pretty good company when you are getting into Whitney Boddie territory. I'm really pleased to see Morgan's jump shot come back around. Her confidence on the floor was evident tonight. "

JACKSONVILLE STATE (60)
WILEY, Brittany 8-15 0-0 20; PITTS, Zenobia 6-14 0-0 14; VAUGHN, Danielle 4-9 2-3 10; MANNING, Brittany 3-11 2-2 8; CARMINE, Candice 1-3 0-0 2; BENEBY, Danielle 1-8 0-0 2; MCCARTHY, Amanda 1-1 0-0 2; LANE, Destiny 1-4 0-0 2; BROWN, Ariel 0-0 0-0 0; HILL, JaDechia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-65 4-5 60.

AUBURN (79)
Alverson, Blanche 7-15 0-0 17; Greenleaf, Jordan 7-12 1-1 15; Smalley, Alli 5-12 0-0 11; Tanner, Tyrese 4-8 3-4 11; Toles, Morgan 5-6 0-0 10; Williams, Jassany 2-4 3-4 7; Hilliard, Chantel 2-3 0-0 4; Simmons, Parrisha 1-3 0-0 2; Davis, Peyton 1-2 0-0 2; Strain, Courtney 0-1 0-0 0; Jennings, Morgan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-67 7-9 79.

Jacksonville State 29 31 60
Auburn 34 45 79

3-point goals--Jacksonville State 6-19 (WILEY, Brittany 4-6; PITTS, Zenobia 2-5; MANNING, Brittany 0-3; BENEBY, Danielle 0-2; LANE, Destiny 0-3), Auburn 4-15 (Alverson, Blanche 3-8; Smalley, Alli 1-6; Tanner, Tyrese 0-1).
Fouled out--Jacksonville State-None, Auburn-None.
Rebounds--Jacksonville State 35 (VAUGHN, Danielle 13), Auburn 38 (Williams, Jassany 8; Alverson, Blanche 8).
Assists--Jacksonville State 8 (BENEBY, Danielle 4), Auburn 23 (Toles, Morgan 10).
Total fouls--Jacksonville State 12, Auburn 12.
Technical fouls--Jacksonville State-None, Auburn-None.
Attendance--1,965


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