Fortner's Tigers For Revenge Against Tide

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball team will be looking for a Southeastern Conference victory Thursday night as the Tigers play host to in-state rival Alabama in an 8 p.m. CST tip off at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum for "Cram The Coliseum".

Coming off a victory over Kentucky on the road last Thursday, the Tigers sit at 10-8 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Alabama enters the contest with a record of 8-10 overall, 2-3 in conference play.

Coach Nell Fortner was not happy after Auburn's first meeting with the Crimson Tide this season, an unexpected 68-54 Tide victory in Tuscaloosa. "I go back and look at film and I don't even recognize that team," Fortner said. "We didn't push the ball, we didn't work hard. It wasn't us. It was very disappointing.

" "It wasn't a good showing for Auburn and we look for a much better showing this Thursday," she added. "They feel good about the effort Thursday night (at Kentucky) and they finally understand ‘this is how it is supposed to feel.' That is just understanding how hard you have to play in this league."

Senior center Marita Payne is hoping to finish off her career against Alabama with a victory at home.

In conjunction with "Cram The Coliseum", free tickets will be available for Thursday's game at Auburn/Opelika Regions Banks, as well as other area businesses. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive free "Cram The Coliseum" T-shirts and fans may also register to win such prizes as an iPod, a digital camera, a PlayStation portable and other items.

At the half, the Magic of Quick Change will be performing and face painting, inflatable games, banner making and other activities will be available at Kids Zone on the concourse.

Game time is set for 8 p.m. CST at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum and will be broadcast live on CSS with Paul Ellen calling play-by-play and former Auburn head coach Joe Ciampi offering analysis.

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