Tigers Improve to 8-2 with Blowout Victory

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball team used its depth and a 1-2-2 halfcourt trap to defeat the Jackson State Lady Tigers 84-45 on Wednesday night.

Auburn led 20-11 halfway through the first half before exploding to take a 51-19 halftime advantage.

"That was our best first half of the season," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "We played well for 20 minutes and did a good job of taking Jackson State out of anything they were wanting to do. I thought our zone was very effective, we came out and our team did exactly what I asked them to do."

To start the second half the Tigers turned up the heat defensively and outscored the Lady Tigers 16-1 over the first five minutes to cap off a 47-9 run.

"In the second half we came out and pressured the ball more so that kind of disturbed them because we were in a zone and they didn't know what we were going to come out in," said DeWanna Bonner, who scored nine points and had 12 rebounds. "We had a lot of height over them, so a lot of their shots they couldn't see the basket as well."

Auburn outrebounded the Lady Tigers 46-26.

Despite Jordan Greenleaf and Trevesha Jackson being a bit under the weather this week, they played 21 and 18 minutes, respectively. Ten Tigers played double figures in minutes and Juanitta Wallace also played nine minutes. With injury problems early in the season, Fortner noted that the depth is now a luxury.

"I liked platooning, actually, a little bit today in the second half and I thought it was very effective with great energy and the five players coming off the bench was great getting after it," she said.

Auburn outscored undersized Jackson State 50-26 in points in the paint. Center KeKe Carrier had 10 points, forward Alexis Ogubie had 12 and guard/forward Sherrell Hobbs chipped in 15. Point guard Whitney Boddie dished out nine assists, mostly down to the low post.

"Every game you want to get the ball inside, and KeKe is so big and she can dominate, especially against the team we played tonight," Boddie said. "It was one of our strategies to try to get the ball inside and take advantage of the mismatch."

Auburn improved to 8-2 and Jackson State dropped to 4-3.

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