Fortner's Tigers Win Out West

Auburn picked up its sixth women's basketball victory of the season.

Reno, Nev.--Auburn made a 15-1 run in the second half to rally from eight points down on the way to an 84-75 women's basketball victory over the University of Nevada on Friday night in the first game of the Nuggett Classic.

Sophomore DeWanna Bonner led the Tigers with 24 points and 10 rebounds as they improved to 6-2 with their third consecutive victory. She hit 7-13 field goals and 10-12 foul shots.

The Tigers also got 10 points apiece from Jordan Greenleaf and Keke Carrier, who made key plays in Auburn's comeback run late in the game. They helped the Tigers score 30 of the game's last 43 points.

Sherrell Hobbs chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers, who will play the University of California-Riverside on Saturday with tipoff set for 7 p.m. CST and 5 p.m. local time at the Lawlor Events Center.

"I thought we shot the ball really well," said Auburn coach Nell Fortner. "I thought we took some good shots and penetrated and got some easy looks at the basket which was good because their pressure was just so intense."

Auburn hit 56.0 percent from the field, which was enough to overcome the Wolf Pack, which made 11-19 three-pointers on a night in which the Tigers were 0-1 on three-point tries.

The Wolf Pack gave the Tigers trouble with a full court pressure defense that forced 21 turnovers, two more than AU committed, but Auburn won the battle of the boards 36-27.

After Auburn rallied to take the lead the Wolf Pack tried to come back by fouling the Tigers on every possession. The Tigers stepped up and made 28-38 free throws to preserve their lead.

Dellena Criner led the Wolf Pack with 25 points. She was 5-5 on three-pointers and made six of Nevada's 13 steals. Her team made 14-21 free throws and shot 42.4 percent from the field.


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