Fortner's Tigers Exhibit More Offense

The Auburn women's basketball team was an easy winner in its preseason game.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball team had no problems scoring points with its more up-tempo style of play in Sunday's exhibition game vs. Carson-Newman.

With four players scoring in double figures, led by junior forward DeWanna Bonner, the Tigers took a 94-52 victory over Carson-Newman. Bonner scored 21 points and pulled in 15 rebounds as she hit 11-18 field goals.

The Tigers shot 52.6 percent from the field as senior guard Tamela McCorvey 17 points. Junior guard Sherrell Hobbs scored 16 for the Tigers and freshman guard Alli Smalley chipped in with 12 points and seven assists.

Auburn took control of the game early and by halftime the home team led 55-23 thanks to 54.5 percent field goal shooting in the first 20 minutes.

"I thought we did some really nice things during the first half," Coach Nell Fortner said. "I thought we got out there and ran and got an idea by looking at things offensively and defensive we are trying to do differently this year.

"During the second half, we had a letdown," Fortner said. "We had too many turnovers and some mental lapses, but I was really pleased with the 94 points."

Bonner agreed with her coach that the team's 19 turnovers were a problem. "We did pretty well," she said. "We had a lot of turnovers and we need to cut those numbers down."

Bonner said the exhibition game was a good tuneup for the Tigers. "We had a chance to get on the court and see what we are all about," she said.

Hobbs agreed with Bonner and added, "She (Fortner) wants us to put up a lot of shots. We are not used to that, but this year we are playing a little faster. I think in a couple of games we will get used to running this offense."

The Tigers are off until next Sunday when they open the regular season at home with a 2 p.m. tipoff vs. the University of Detroit.

Auburn held a 49-35 edge in rebounds and had seven fewer turnovers than Carson-Newman. Auburn made 7-18 threes and 7-13 foul shots while the losers hit just 4-23 threes and were 12-18 at the foul line.

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