UGA's Defense Puts Clamps On Fortner's Tigers

The Auburn women's basketball team couldn't handle nationally-ranked Georgia in an SEC game at the Auburn Arena.

Auburn, Ala.--Poor rebounding and poorer shooting were the recipe for a homecourt blowout loss on Sunday as 15th-ranked Georgia women's basketball team defeated Auburn 70-45.

The Tigers were out-rebounded 47-35 and hit just 27.1 percent of their field goals compared to 37.3 percent for the visitors.

Combine those numbers with 30 turnovers by the home team, 11 more than Georgia, and Auburn's three-game winning streak in contests vs. Georgia went up in smoke on Sunday at the Auburn Arena.

Auburn fell to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in the SEC. Georgia, which is ranked 15th nationally, improved to 13-3 overall and 2-1 in league play.

"Georgia came out and played hard defensively, which made it very hard for us to run any effective offensive," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said."Their defense was very good today and our offense was not."

Freshman guard Hasina Muhammad led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points. She made just 3-13 field goals, but was 9-11 at the foul line. Junior forward Blanche Alverson scored 13 for Auburn.

Jasmine James and Jasmine Hassell each scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs.

"Defensively, we jumped them hard early and I was impressed that we were able to stay there basically for 40 minutes," said Georgia coach Andy Landers. "I thought early on defense set the tone. We got some things on the ball screens and did a good job of pressuring the basketball.

"At the 16 minute mark of the first half I think the score was four to one, that was misleading because we had let three balls roll off and it should have been 10, but then we really caught a different gear and ran in out to 17," Anders said. "We started clicking offensively and kept things where they were defensively so now we got it going on both ends and feeling good about what we are doing. The kids just got caught up, but they understand where everything was coming from effort."

Commenting on getting her team to bounce back for upcoming road games at Vanderbilt and Arkansas, Fortune said, "We just have to get up tomorrow and get back to work. That's all you can do. You can't get too high over a win or too low over loss. This conference season moves way to fast so we have to be constantly be preparing for the next opponent and be ready to play."


James,Jasmine 6-14 1-3 14; Hassell,Jasmine 5-15 4-4 14; Miller,Khaldian 5-12 1-1 12; Mitchell,Meredith 4-15 2-2 10; Armstrong,Anne Marie 3-7 0-0 6; Willis,Tamiko 1-3 3-4 5; Ford,Erika 2-6 0-0 4; Bennett,Danielle 1-1 0-0 3; Donald,Krista 1-2 0-0 2; Crews,Brittney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-75 11-14 70.

AUBURN (9-7, 1-2 SEC)

Muhammad, Hasinai 3-13 9-11 15; Alverson, Blanche 5-9 0-0 13; Jennings, Morgan 0-2 5-8 5; Glyph, Camille 2-6 0-0 4; Tanner, Tyrus 2-8 0-0 4; Hilliard, Chanute 1-4 0-0 2; Williams, Jessalyn 0-1 2-2 2; West, Pascale 0-1 0-0 0; Outread, Nata 0-1 0-0 0; Davis, Peyton 0-1 0-0 0; Simmons, Parrishs 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-48 16-21 45.

Georgia 30 40 70
Auburn 17 28 45

3-point goals--Georgia 3-17 (Bennett,Danielle 1-1; Miller,Khaldian 1-6; James,Jasmine 1-4; Armstrong,Anne Marie 0-1; Ford,Erika 0-1; Mitchell,Meredith 0-4), Auburn 3-13 (Alverson, Blanche 3-6; Glyph, Camille 0-3; Tanner, Tyrus 0-1; Outread, Nata 0-1; Muhammad, Hasinai 0-2).
Fouled out--Georgia-James,Jasmine, Auburn-None.
Rebounds--Georgia 47 (Mitchell,Meredith 8), Auburn 35 (Tanner, Tyrus 6).
Assists--Georgia 14 (Armstrong,Anne Marie 5), Auburn 8 (Glyph, Camille 3).
Total fouls--Georgia 20, Auburn 15.
Technical fouls--Georgia-None, Auburn-None.

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