Tigers Put A Royal Whipping on Lady Eagles

Princess Anne, Md.--Auburn bounced back from its third loss of the season with a 70-31 road women's basketball victory on Tuesday night vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore as Tamela McCorvey led the way with a career-high 24 points.

McCorvey, a transfer combo guard from Okaloosa-Walton Community College, hit 9-16 field goals, including 4-8 treys for the Tigers who pounded the home team early.

Auburn jumped out to a 24-0 lead and didn't allow a field goal until nearly 17 minutes of action had transpired. At the break Auburn led 33-5.

"I told the team at halftime that we had to be doing something right on defense," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "This zone has been good to us so far this season."

The 39-point margin of victory was AU's largest since it defeated Furman 86-42 on Dec. 20, 2005.

Auburn outscored the home team 37-26 in the second half as the Tigers improved to 10-3 while Maryland-Eastern Shore slipped to 4-7.

AU's defense allowed their victims to hit just 17.2 percent of their shots, including a seldom-seen figure of just 6.7 percent in the first half. The Lady Hawks didn't score a point until hitting a free throw with 4:15 left in the first half.

The Tigers had 10 steals and forced 23 turnovers while turning the ball over 17 times. The Tigers also blocked 12 shots with Keke Carrier personally swatting away seven to go with nine points and four rebounds.

Maryland Eastern Shore's 31 points were the fewest allowed by an Auburn team since Nebraska-Omaha scored 27 on Dec. 9th, 2004.

Auburn returns for for a 6 p.m. game on Thursday vs. Oakland University.

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