Hot-Shooting Tigers Pound Paladins

Greenville, S.C.--The Auburn women's basketball team had no problem with full-court pressure from the Furman Lady Paladins as the Tigers took an 86-42 victory on Tuesday night.

The Tigers hit 58.8 percent of their first half shots to take a commanding 50-24 halftime lead. It got worse for the home team in the second half as Auburn outscored Furman 36-18 and finished the night hitting 57.6 percent of its shots.

Seniors Marita Payne and Nitasha Brown had impressive performances for the Tigers. Payne led all scorers with 17 as she hit 7-11 shots to go with five blocks, five rebounds and two assists. Brown had her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 assists without a turnover.

Auburn coach Nell Fortner said her Tigers handled a full-court press and caused problems for the Lady Paladins with AU's pressure defense. "We are better when we can get out defensively and use our athleticism," she said.

Freshman guard DeWanna Bonner scored 16 points and added five points for the Tigers, who improved to 7-4. Freshman center Keke Carrier scored 13 points and added four rebounds for the Tigers. Another freshman, Sherrell Hobbs, scored nine points and added seven rebounds.

Lauren Few scored 15 points for the Lady Paladins, who fell to 4-5.

The Tigers used their size advantage to take a command 44-8 advantage with points in the paint. AU's defense forced 29 turnovers and held the home team to 25.6 percent shooting.

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