Fortner's Tigers To Play Exhibition Vs. EA Sports

Auburn plays EA Sports at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in the exhibition opener for the AU women's basketball season.

Auburn, Ala.--New head women's basketball coach Nell Fortner will put her first Auburn team on display with a Sunday exhibition game vs. EA Sports.

Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

Fortner has taken over the program from Joe Ciampi, who led Auburn into the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year before retiring after 25 years as head coach of the Tigers.

Fortner takes over a team that lost its key inside players from last season, but returns its top guards in seniors Natasha Brackett, a preseason All-SEC pick, and point guard Nicole Louden. Louden averaged 7.4 points per game last year and Brackett averaged 13.0.

Natasha Brackett is a veteran performer for the Tigers.

The Tigers lost two players to the pros from last year's team--center Mandisa Stevenson and forwrd Le'Coe Willingham. AU also lost part-time starter Nancy Derrick, a two guard and small forward.

"We can't wait to get out on the court and play against someone other than ourselves," Fortner said.

The other returning starter is 6-1 junior forward Louise Emeagi, who averaged 7.3 points per game last year.

There is no admission charge for the game. Fans are encouraged to bring food items for the East Alabama Food Bank. Winn Dixie has offered to match any total that Auburn brings in for the drive.

The Tigers open the regular season on Monday, Nov. 22nd at 11:30 a.m. vs. Chattanooga.

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