AU Dismisses Wrath, Men Play Friday

Auburn, Ala.--Freshman Natasha Brackett came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points as the Tigers blasted the Alabama Wrath, 104-42, at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on Thursday night.

The visitors, who were comprised of former collegiate players from across the state, hung with the Tigers for the first four minutes of the game, hitting five of their first seven three-point attempts, then went scoreless for nearly eight minutes as Auburn ran off 27 consecutive points to put the game away early. The Tigers led at halftime as Brackett and sophomore center Tia Miller each had 14 first-half points. Miller led all Tiger starters with 18 points as the first-five saw limited action in the blowout.

The Tigers were a force on defense making the visitors turn the ball over 29 times, which resulted in 49 points for Auburn. "Defensively we wanted to keep our opponents shooting percentage under 40 percent, and we were able to accomplish that," Coach Joe Ciampi said. The Wrath shot just 26.3 percent from the field while the Tigers hit 42-of-76 shots for 55.3 percent.

"Tia Miller did the little things on the inside to help us win tonight as did perimeter players Natasha Brackett and Nicole Louden," Ciampi added. "Our young people are going to be a big key for our success this season."

Louden, a freshman from Paterson, N.J., High, scored nine points and led the team with six assists. She backed up starter Carol Smith, who played just 10 minutes. Brackett led a group of five Tigers who reached double figures in points. Sophomore Le'Coe Willingham, a reserve forward, recorded a double-double scoring 13 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Sophomore Nancy Derrick added 12 points.

Miller along with Willingham and senior Brandi Hillman controlled the inside game for the Tigers as they outscored the Wrath 62-12 in the paint and outrebounded them 54-28. Hillman was the fifth Tiger in double figures with 10 points.

Auburn opens its regular season vs. Florida A&M on Friday Nov. 16 as part of a double-header with the men's team. The women tip off at 5 p.m. and the men follow with a game vs. Highpoint at 7:30 p.m.

The men's team plays EA Sports in its final exhibition game on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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