Fortner's Tigers Take Opener With Easy Win

Huntsville, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball team opened its regular season with a 91-53 road victory over Alabama A&M on Friday night.

Auburn's defense forced 37 turnovers and the Tigers shot 50 percent from the field.

Senior DeWanna Bonner picked up where she left off last season as an All-SEC performer. She led her team with 25 points, eight rebounds and six steals. Bonner made 11-18 field goals.

Half of Auburn's 10 players who saw action scored in double figures

"It is always nice to get a win and that is the most important thing," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "It may not have been as pretty as I would have liked it to have been, but it is early. It is our first regular season game.

"It was hard for us to get into a rhythm, but it was probably because I was trying out a lot of different combinations of players," Fortner added. "We are playing at such a fast tempo that I have to sub a lot so we are going to have to get used to it. We have to get used to people coming in and out and not losing that offensive flow and you just have to get some games under your belt to do that."

While the Tigers forced 37 turnovers, they had 24 themselves, a statistic that Fortner didn't like. "To have more turnovers that assists, that is just something that we cannot be doing and we have to work hard to make sure that does not happen again." The Tigers finished with 21 assists.

Keke Carrier scored 11 points for the Tigers, while Trevesha Jackson, Ree-Ree Hobbs and Sherell Hobbs added 10 points apiece.

Auburn out-rebounded the Bulldogs 50-31.

The Tigers return to action for their home opener on Monday with a 6 p.m. tipoff vs. 1-0 Temple.

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