Fortner's Tigers Drop Home Game to Ole Miss

Auburn, Ala.--Cold-shooting Auburn slipped to 0-4 in SEC women's basketball after suffering a 51-48 homecourt loss to Ole Miss on Sunday.

The Tigers made just 33.9 percent of their field goals and were 2-14 in three-point shots.

The three-point shooting was one of the differences in the game as a crowd of 2,117 watched at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Ole Miss struggled even more from the field than the Tigers, making just 29.4 percent of its shots, but the Lady Rebels hit 5-13 treys.

Auburn fell to 9-8 overall while Ole Miss improved its record to 1-2 in the SEC and 11-5 overall.

Freshman DeWanna Bonner scored 12 points and added 11 rebounds to lead the Tigers in scoring and rebounding. The guard also had two blocks and two steals.

The Tigers got 10 points apiece from senior center Marita Payne and sophomore reserve forward Alexis Ogubie. Payne blocked nine shots and added eight rebounds.

Ole Miss was led by guard Arminitie Price who scored 11 points and added a dozen rebounds, five assists and four steals. Another guard, Ashley Johnson, led all scorers with 14 points.

Both teams struggled at the foul line. Ole Miss was 6-13 and Auburn made just 8-15.

Ole Miss enjoyed a 49-46 rebounding edge and made 14 turnovers, three less than the Tigers.

"We gave up too many offensive rebounds in the second half," Auburn coach Nell Fortner says. "That is where I think we lost the ball game." Ole Miss had 11 second half offensive rebounds and 18 for the game while Auburn finished with 10.

Ole miss jumped out to a 19-6 lead. Auburn cut the margin to 25-20 at halftime.

The lead changed four times in the second half, but the Rebels took the lead for good at the 11:53 mark on a basket and foul shot by Price.

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The Tigers return to action with a Thursday evening contest at Rupp Arena in Lexington as they face Kentucky.

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