No. 9 LSU to Visit Fortner's Tigers

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball team returns home to take on yet another ranked opponent as the No. 9 LSU Tigers come to Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

Auburn is fighting to stay in the Top 25 after starting 1-2 in SEC play. Coach Nell Fortner's Tigers are ranked 22nd and 25th in the major polls this week.

LSU, 3-0 in the league and 14-3 overall, features one of the nation's toughest players in six-foot-six center Sylvia Fowles, which is averaging 16.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

LSU is third Top 10 opponent and the seventh ranked team Auburn has faced this season. Tigers are 1-1 against Top 10 foes, losing 85-52 to Tennessee and beating Georgia 82-52.

LSU is coming off a school record 53-point victory over Mississippi State on Sunday, 84-31, a game in which it held State to a dismal 15.3 percent shooting from the floor.

Auburn is coming off a loss to unranked Kentucky on the road, a 62-55 setback.

Auburn leads the series vs. LSU 26-13, but hasn't beaten their SEC West rival since the 2004 season.

Auburn is being led by the SEC's second leading scorer and rebounder, DeWanna Bonner. The junior is averaging 17.1 points and 10.0 rebounds a game. Bonner's rebounding average is 16th in the nation.

Auburn will need strong rebounding to limit the LSU Tigers to as few second-chance opportunities as possible. Currently, Auburn is averaging 41.9 rebounds a game and holds its opponents to 34.8 rebounds a game, fourth best in the SEC.

Sherrell Hobbs is scoring 11.9 points per contest for the Tigers and freshman guard Alli Smalley is next with 10.8 points.

LSU has the top ranked defense in the conference, allowing only 48.4 points a game. It averages beating opponents by 20.9 points per game.


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