Tigers Improve to 12-0 Despite Injury

The 10th-ranked Auburn women's basketball team wrapped up their pre-Christmas schedule with a victory in Baltimore.

Baltimore, Md.--Leading by seven points after a sluggish first half, Auburn pulled away after intermission to cruise to a 74-46 women's basketball victory over Coppin State on Sunday.

Alli Smalley, bouncing back from a scoreless game on Friday night vs. George Washington, led the Tigers in scoring with 20 points. She hit 8-11 field goals and was 4-4 on threes.

The Tigers improved to 12-0 with the victory, but senior star DeWanna Bonner suffered a wrist injury that will require X-Rays. How serious the problem is going to be for the preseason All-SEC Player of the Year is not known.

"I thought she got taken out," Coach Nell Fortner said. "It wasn't like the kid was going for the ball or was in front of her. The kid came from behind and pushed her and that is an intentional foul first. That was just unfortunate."

The Tigers led 37-30 at halftime before coming out with a fullcourt press that enabled Auburn to pull away for a win against Coppin State, which is winless in nine tries. The Eagles didn't score for the first nine minutes and six seconds of the second half.

The game was the 100th career collegiate victory for Fortner, whose team held the home team to 29.6 percent shooting while making 53.1 percent from the field.

Auburn out-rebounded the Eagles 43-35, but had a horrible game with turnovers with 28, five more than the home team.

Keke Carrier scored 14 points off the bench for the Tigers in 15 minutes of action.

Bonner finished with nine points and five rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

Freshman Chantel Hilliard led the Tigers on the boards with nine rebounds while scoring six points. Senior Trevehsa Jackson contributed seven rebounds and seven points.

Auburn was 18-28 at the foul line and 4-6 on threes. Coppin State was 4-7 on free throws and did not attempt a three-pointer.

Auburn returns to action on Dec. 29th in Florida vs. Duquesne at a tournament at the University of Miami. The Hurricanes play Brown in the other first round matchup.

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