Tigers Bear Down To Dominate Mercer

Auburn, Ala.--Six Tigers scored in double figures as the Auburn women's basketball team remained unbeaten with a 97-59 victory over the Mercer Bears on Saturday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Auburn jumped to a 45-19 halftime lead by dominating the boards in improving its record to 9-0. The Tigers were plus 25 in rebound margin. Mercer is now 4-3.

With the game tied at 15-15, the home team put the Bears into hibernation with a 30-4 run.

"What I like about this team is we are taking out their top players and being effective scoring points from our defensive end of the floor," said AU Coach Joe Ciampi.

A pair of freshmen came off the bench to lead the scoring. Natasha Brackett scored 14 points and contributed eight rebounds. Guard Nicole Louden was next with 13 points. She hit 5-7 field goals, 2-2 threes and added five assists and four steals, but had seven of Auburn's 19 turnovers.

Sophomore center Tia Miller contributed 12 points and seven rebounds. Le'Coe Willingham contributed 11 points and nine rebounds. LaKeisha Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds. Freshman reserve Ezria Parsons also scored 11 and contributed six of Auburn's 18 steals.

Tracy Henry led Mercer with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mercer hit just 32.3 percent of its shots. The Bears were 6-21 on threes and hit just 13-26 free throws.

The Tigers hit 48 percent of their shots and were 5-17 on threes and 20-28 on free throws. All 12 Tigers who played scored.

"We want to have the ability to play numbers and they (the reserves) were very effective," said Ciampi. "Hopefully, it will be a characteristic of this team to have nine or 10 players that can contribute every second they are out on the court."

Auburn returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 16th with a 2 p.m. home game vs. FSU.

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