"It was really nice for us for 40 minutes, keeping our composure down the stretch and just wearing them out," said head coach Nell Fortner. "We got the big lead and you've got give Troy credit--they were just knocking down shots and got them back in the game. We never lost our composure and that was a real positive. We stayed with it, made good decisions and we're just continuing to grow. I think we took another step forward."
The Tigers led 30-24 at intermission, and that lead quickly dwindled to three. However, the Tigers went on a 26-8 run over the next six minutes capped off by a three by freshman Alli Smalley to put Auburn up 56-35. Smalley finished with eight points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals.
"I thought she played a really good overall game tonight," Fortner noted. "She's a triple threat. She can handle the ball and run your offense, she can shoot a three and she's an excellent passer. She's got a great feel for the game and she sees things that maybe I didn't even see. She saw it and got the pass in there."
The Tigers were led in scoring by DeWanna Bonner, who finished with 17 points on 6-9 shooting. The junior also had seven points and three assists. Whitney Boddie added 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Auburn outrebounded Troy 32-26, but the biggest difference in the game was turnovers. The Tigers forced 24 Trojan turnovers, an area that Fortner was pleased with.
"I thought our press was really effective tonight and it did create a lot of turnovers and that turned into points. We have to continue to do that with our speed and quickness."
The next game for Auburn is Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at home against UAB.