Freshman Leads Tigers Vs. CCSU

With a freshman guard scoring nearly a third of the team's points, the Auburn women's basketball team defeated Central Connecticut State.

Hempstead, N.Y.--The Auburn women's basketball team ended a two-game losing skid with a 49-40 victory over Central Connecticut State on Thursday in the consolation game of the New York Life Holiday Tournament.

Auburn improved to 7-4 with freshman guard Hasina Muhammad scoring 16 points and pulling in eight rebounds to spark the Tigers. She added two steals and two blocks.

The Tigers scored 28 points off of 37 turnovers by Central Connecticut, which fell to 6-5. Junior forward Blanche Alverson led the defensive effort with six steals.

" It was definitely a gut-check time for us and the kids really came out pressing and really working hard," said Auburn coach Nell Fortner, whose team shot just 28.6 percent from the field. "The tough thing was the points were not coming easy. We were working extremely hard on the defensive end, creating a lot of turnovers."

Auburn led 24-18 at halftime, but the losers tied the contest at 30-30 with 11:27 left. The Tigers led by just one point until Muhammad made a pair of baskets and the Tigers hit 4-4 foul shots to stretch the lead to nine.

Auburn returns to action next Thursday at 7 p.m. vs. UNC-Charlotte in the opening round of the Sun & Fun Classic in Miami, Fla. Host Florida International and Albany will also play in the tournament.

AUBURN (49)

Muhammad, Hasina 8-16 0-0 16; Tanner, Tyrese 3-13 1-3 7; Alverson, Blanche 1-11 4-4 7; Jennings, Morgan 2-4 3-6 7; Hilliard, Chantel 3-5 0-0 6; Ouardad, Najat 1-3 0-0 2; Glymph, Camille 1-12 0-0 2; Strain, Courtney 1-2 0-0 2; West, Pascale 0-1 0-0 0; Williams, Jassany 0-0 0-0 0; Simmons, Parrisha 0-3 0-0 0; Davis, Peyton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-70 8-13 49.

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT (40)

DAAMEN, Kirsten 5-12 3-4 13; BABE, Jaclyn 5-13 0-0 10; BABE, Jessica 2-4 5-6 9; ARBOGAST, Lauren 4-8 0-0 8; THOMAS, Jaleen 0-6 0-0 0; CHANDLER, Rachel 0-0 0-0 0; WATRAS, Kaley 0-1 0-2 0; BAILEY, Brooke 0-1 0-0 0; DILLON, Jameilia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-45 8-12 40.

Auburn 24 25 49
Central Connecticut 18 22 40

3-point goals--Auburn 1-14 (Alverson, Blanche 1-5; Ouardad, Najat 0-1; Glymph, Camille 0-7; Muhammad, Hasina 0-1), Central Connecticut 0-4 (BABE, Jaclyn 0-3; BABE, Jessica 0-1)
Fouled out--Auburn-None, Central Connecticut-None.
Rebounds--Auburn 36 (Muhammad, Hasina 8; Tanner, Tyrese 8), Central Connecticut 48 (BABE, Jessica 13).
Assists--Auburn 7 (Alverson, Blanche 2; Ouardad, Najat 2), Central Connecticut 8 (BABE, Jessica 5).
Total fouls--Auburn 16, Central Connecticut 16.
Technical fouls--Auburn-None, Central Connecticut-None.


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