Tigers Cruise 103-37 In Exhibition Opener

The Tigers won their women's exhibition basketball game on Sunday vs. a Division II opponent.

Auburn, Ala.--Preseason SEC Player of the Year DeWanna Bonner proved to be Auburn's Preseason Player of the Exhibition Season on Sunday as she scored 30 points in Auburn's 103-37 victory over Anderson College.

Bonner made it a double-double with 10 rebounds in a tune-up for Friday night's regular season opener in Huntsville at Alabama A&M. The senior hit 13-17 field goals on Sunday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

The Tigers jumped to a quick 15-2 lead vs. the Division II program that returned two starters from a 28-4 season However, the Lady Trojans couldn't handle Auburn's quickness and athleticism and fell behind 44-15 at halftime.

Sophomore guard Alli Smalley scored 17 points for the Tigers, who will enter the regular season ranked 20th and 21st in the Top 25 polls.

Chantel Hilliard hits a turn-around jump shot on Sunday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Freshman forward Chantel Hilliard scored 15 points and added eight rebounds in a reserve role.

Freshman point guard Morgan Jennings started and produced 12 points, six assists and three steals.

Sophomore guard, Ree-Ree Hobbs, added 12 points off the bench as she continues a comeback from an injury that kept her out for two seasons.

Auburn hit 54.3 percent of its shots and turned the ball over just eight times despite playing a fast break style with constant lineup changes.

The Tigers dominated the boards with a 60-30 advantage in rebounds and forced 22 turnovers for the visitors, who hit just 24.1 percent of their field goals.

Keke Carrier scored six for the Tigers, Trevesha Jackson added five and Whitney Boddie scored four points and added nine assists.

Senior Sherell Hobbs did not see action. She is sitting out the first four games this season for disciplinary reasons.

Freshman Parrisha Simmons scored two points and finished with seven rebounds.

"DeWanna got it going in the second half," said Coach Nell Fortner. "Her jumper looked really good. She's worked really hard on that jump shot and on being more aggressive on her one-dribble and two-dribbles before pulling up on her jump shot. I thought that we saw that tonight.

"I thought that Chantel Hilliard and Morgan Jennings really played well. They both did a great job, they are two important freshmen for us and they are going to play a lot for us. So it's important to get them on track."

Keana Boyd led Anderson with 16 points.

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