"She is going to be a heck of player," said Fortner, who has not had the freshman available earlier this season due to injury.
Fortner's team improved its record to 5-2 by dominating the boards with 57 rebounds to 34 for the visitors. Auburn also outshot JSU 42.9 percent to 25.8 percent from the field. That was more than enough to overcome sloppy ball-handling. The Tigers committed 23 turnovers, seven more than Jacksonville State.
Keke Carrier, a 6-7 sophomore center, led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points and she added seven rebounds.
Sophomore guard Whitney Boddie led all rebounders with 11 and she chipped in with seven points.
Tamela McCovery, a junior guard in her first season with the team, added 10 points, six assists and four steals and did not have a turnover.
Jacksonville State, which slipped to 3-5 with the loss, was led by Courtney Slaughter. She scored nine points and added eight rebounds.
The Tigers led 28-21 at halftime after shooting just 33.3 from the field. They made 51.4 percent of their shots in the second half and had just five turnovers after committing 18 before intermission.
The Tigers leave on Thursday for two games in Reno, Nevada. On Friday at 9 p.m. CST the Tigers will take on the University of Nevada and Saturday at 7 p.m. CST they will face the University of California-Riverside.