Tigers Win Road Game, Now 5-0

Greenville, S.C.--Hot-shooting Auburn won its first road game of the season as <b>Le'Coe Willingham</b> dominated the boards in an 80-62 victory for the women's basketball Tigers over the Furman Lady Paladins on Monday night.

Willingham pulled down 16 rebounds to go with 23 points. That was her career high for points and tied her previous best for rebounds. The sophomore's work on the glass helped the Tigers outrebound Furman 41-24. Willingham hit 8-12 field goals as the Tigers made 56.3 percent of their shots to 36.1 shooting for the home team.

Sophomore Nancy Derrick, a South Carolina native, scored a career-high 12 points and added six rebounds and four assists as friends and family cheered her effort.

Senior point guard Carol Smith chipped in with 11 points and eight assists before fouling out.

Auburn took the lead for good on a layup by Willingham to give the Tigers an early 12-10 advantage. At halftime, the Tigers led 41-32 and were never seriously challenged after that by the now 2-2 Paladins.

Freshman Monica Pope led Furman in scoring with 23 points as she hit five of six three-point shots.

"The team came to play tonight," Auburn coach Joe Ciampi said. "Our defense was there and with the rebounding we did what we wanted to do. At halftime, we were shooting 54 percent and held them to 34 percent. They came in shooting 51 percent as a team, so that was excellent."

Tia Miller scored 14 for the Tigers and Brandi Hillman added 10 points.

Auburn hit 23-28 free throws to 7-9 for Furman. AU had 21 turnovers, four more than the home team

. Auburn returns to action with a Thursday night home game vs. Syracuse. Tipoff time is 7 p.m.

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