Opening Day Successful for Fortner Tigers

Auburn's 20007-2008 women's basketballl debut featured strong games from a variety of Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--The regular season debut of Auburn's faster style of play was a success on Sunday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum as the women's basketball team used a full-court press and a strong rebounding effort to cruise past the University of Detroit, 91-47.

Coach Nell Fortner was able to clear the bench early for the Tigers as 10 players scored and 11 saw action. Six of the players scored in double figures and two posted double-doubles.

Tamela McCorvey led the scoring parade with 18 points. She hit 7-12 field goals, including 4-8 three-pointers. As a team the Tigers were 8-17 on threes and shot 47.9 overall from the field compared to 32.2 percent for the Titans, who made 6-22 threes.

DeWanna Bonner finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She did most of her damage in the first half when she scored a dozen points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Tigers built a 41-17 halftime margin.

The Tigers out-rebounded the Titans 51-28 for the game and helped their cause on the offensive boards. "We had 17 offensive rebounds, which is really good," said Bonner.

The junior added the only negative was the team lost its focus at times after building a big early lead, something that Fortner talked to her players about after the game.

Sherrell Hobbs scored 13 points and added six rebounds while freshman guard Alli Smalley came off the bench to score 12.

Whitney Boddie scored 10 points and added eight rebounds plus six assists at point guard.

Trevesha Jackson started and contributed 10 points and 10 rebounds at forward. She was filling in for Jordan Greenleaf, who is expected to be back for game three as she recovers from a knee injury.

Freshman center Cassie Moore, who has been battling knee problems, played 11 minutes and scored four points and added four rebounds. The team's other freshman, Ruth Ketcham, scored four points and added an assist in nine minutes off the bench.

By halftime the game was all but decided with the Tigers taking a 41-17 lead at the break after forcing 18 turnovers by Detroit.

Coach Nell Fortner watches the action on Sunday at the coliseum.

"This is a great way to start the season with a win, scoring a lot of points and getting players playing time," Fortner said. "We still have a long way to go, but I really like the way we are putting points up on the board--a lot more than we have in the past when I have been at Auburn."

Auburn hit 13-18 foul shots while Detroit, which fell to 0-2, hit 3-3 free throws while finishing with 28 turnovers, nine more than the Tigers.

Auburn returns to action on Wednesday at 6 p.m. vs. the visiting Troy Trojans.

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