AU Women Develop Inside Presence

Auburn, Ala.--Forward Tia Miller poured in a team-high 27 points as the AU women's basketball team crushed its practice squad in the first scrimmage of the season.

The Tigers played three, 20-minute halves and combined to beat six AU male students 107-47 who help get the team ready for the season by offering scrimmage opposition..

Miller, a sophomore from Boca Ciega, Fla., also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and made 12 of her 18 shot attempts. The sophomore showed the ability to control the paint and at the same time step out and make several long jump shots. She was aided in the middle by the return of Le'Coe Willingham after the sophomore also sat out last season.

Coach Joe Ciampi said he was pleased with how Miller and Willingham both played after sitting out all of last season. "We feel that we developed an inside game," Ciampi said. "We have the strength and the numbers to be an inside team this season and that is going to be a key this year."

Junior college transfer Crispina Correia also helped develop the inside game. The six-foot-four forward had 19 points and eight rebounds. Wing player LaKeisha Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Senior guard Carol Smith scored 11 points and dished out a team-high eight assists.

The Tigers open their exhibition season vs. Premier Players on Nov. 3 at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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