Alverson's 27 Leads Auburn Past Ole Miss

Auburn, Ala.--Sophomore forward Blanche Alverson scored a career-high 27 points as Auburn improved to 3-1 in the SEC with an 85-73 women's basketball victory over Ole Miss on Thursday night.

Alverson hit 11-17 field goals and was 5-8 on three-point shots.

Senior forward Jordan Greenlead scored 15 points for the Tigers while sophomore Morgan Toles added 12 points and a team-high eight assists.

Nell Fortner's Tigers improved to 10-7 overall with the victory. Ole Miss fell to 1-2 in the SEC and 8-7 overall.

"There is no question that Blanche had an awesome game," Forder said. "She had some big hits tonight, and she put up some great numbers. It's so good to see. It opens up a lot of opportunities for other players to get some shots when she puts up baskets like that."

Blanche Alverson drives to the basket vs. Ole Miss on Thursday night at the Auburn Arena.

Fortner's Tigers out-rebounded the visitors 34-24 and hit 50 percent of their field goals to win by a comfortable margin.

"I'm really pleased with the win," the Auburn coach said. "I thought we knocked down some nice shots. Our shooting was excellent.

"Morgan Toles had a fantastic stat line tonight so I was really pleased with that. Blanche was playing really well. Everything just kind of came together tonight and I am really happy with the results of the game. It was a back-and-forth game. Ole Miss played well and fought hard. We are getting more confident and more experienced, so it was a great win for us."

OLE MISS (73)
Melson, Kayla 11-16 7-8 29; Nelson, Shae 7-9 0-0 21; Marbra, Courtney 3-7 2-4 8; McFarland, Valencia 2-7 2-2 6; Hope, Pa'Sonna 3-6 0-0 6; Byrd, Nikki 1-3 0-0 2; Laws, LaTosha 0-2 1-2 1; Slusher, Tori 0-1 0-0 0; McFerrin, Maggie 0-0 0-0 0; Jenkins, Kenyotta 0-0 0-0 0; Trotter, Jasmine 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-51 12-16 73.

AUBURN (85)
Alverson, Blanche 11-17 0-0 27; Greenleaf, Jordan 5-7 5-7 15; Toles, Morgan 5-9 2-2 12; Smalley, Alli 2-7 0-0 6; Strain, Courtney 2-4 1-2 5; Hilliard, Chantel 1-2 2-2 4; Jennings, Morgan 2-5 0-0 4; Glymph, Camille 1-2 2-2 4; Tanner, Tyrese 1-2 1-2 3; Simmons, Parrisha 1-6 1-4 3; Williams, Jassany 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 31-62 16-23 85.

Ole Miss 33 40 73
Auburn 36 49 85

3-point goals--Ole Miss 7-13 (Nelson, Shae 7-9; McFarland, Valencia 0-2; Byrd, Nikki 0-1; Slusher, Tori 0-1), Auburn 7-17 (Alverson, Blanche 5-8; Smalley, Alli 2-5; Strain, Courtney 0-2; Glymph, Camille 0-1; Tanner, Tyrese 0-1).
Fouled out--Ole Miss-Hope, Pa'Sonna, Auburn-None.
Rebounds--Ole Miss 24 (Hope, Pa'Sonna 4), Auburn 34 (Simmons, Parrisha 7).
Assists--Ole Miss 15 (McFarland, Valencia 10), Auburn 20 (Toles, Morgan 8).
Total fouls--Ole Miss 17, Auburn 15.
Technical fouls--Ole Miss-None, Auburn-None.
A-2,277


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