Tigers Roar Past Texas-Pan American In Opener

The Auburn women's basketball opened its season with a lopsided victory.

Auburn, Ala.--The Tigers scored the first 13 points and were never seriously threatened as they opened the 2005-2006 women's basketball season with an 85-32 victory over Texas-Pan American on Friday night.

Keke Carrier, a 6-7 freshman center, came off the bench to lead the Tigers with 21 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of action. She hit 9-14 field goals. Carrier's 21 points are the most by an Auburn freshman since the 2000 season when Le'Coe Willingham scored 22 vs. Mississippi State.

Another freshman, 6-4 guard DeWanna Bonner, scored 19 points and added four rebounds in 27 minutes.

The Tigers built a 43-14 halftime advantage and outscored the visitors 42-18 in the second half.

Auburn was hot from the field, hitting 52.6 percent of its field goals. The Tigers were 6-16 on threes and made 19-32 free throws.

Texas-Pan American made just 17.6 percent of its shots and was out-rebounded 48-31.

"The freshmen came in here knowing that they would play, needed to score points for us, and play with focus," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "KeKe had a very strong game. She had a double-double and worked hard for that. DeWanna had a strong outing as well. She is shooting the three very well for us."

Sophomore forward Alexis Ogubie added 13 points for the Tigers. Senior Marita Payne added eight points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.

Auburn forced 22 turnovers and committed 15.

The Tigers hit the road for their next game and will play Sunday at Kent State.

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