Fortner's Tigers Improve to 7-0

Tempe, Ariz.--The Auburn women's basketball team will look to win its second tournament title of the season on Sunday after cruising past Cal-Riverside 64-47 on Friday night.

The 18th-ranked Tigers, who were led by 14 points from senior guard Tamela McCorvey, will take on 14th-ranked Arizona State, which won the first game on Friday night 78-60 over Gonzaga to improve to 4-2.

Auburn, which improved to 7-0, took a 32-16 halftime lead vs. Cal-Riverside allowing Coach Nell Fortner to substitute heavily in the second half. Freshman guard Alli Smalley, who scored all of her points in the second half, was AU's second leading scorer with 11 points.

The Tigers got nine points and 12 rebounds from junior guard DeWanna Bonner while Whitney Boddie scored four points and added six assists.

Fortner said that she liked the play of McCorvey and noted it was nice to see a player other than Bonner, Boddie or Sherell Hobbs step up as the team's leading scorer.

Commenting on freshman Smalley, Fortner said, "She keeps getting better. When her shot is falling, she is such a tremendous threat on the perimeter and she is an excellent passer."

Auburn's defense forced 19 turnovers and scored 21 points off of the miscues by Cal-State Riverside, which fell to 0-5. The Tigers held their opponent to 29.3 percent shooting from the field. Auburn hit 45.9 percent from the field and made 4-11 threes and 8-14 foul shots. The losers made just 1-15 threes and at the foul line hit 12-19.

Auburn was out-rebounded 44-38.

The Tigers will take on Arizona State at 3 p.m. CST on Sunday in the finals of the Verizon Wireless Tournament.

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