Hoops Doubleheader Set for Saturday at BEMC

The men's and women's basketball teams look to extend winning streaks as Tulane and Stephen F. Austin visit Auburn.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn men's and women's basketball teams will try to add on their winning streaks as they play in a doubleheader on Saturday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

The action gets started at 2 p.m. as the ninth-ranked women's team, which is 14-0, takes on the 5-6 Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks.

At 5 p.m. the men's team, which is 9-4 with six straight victories, will take on a 6-6 Tulane team.

Coach Nell Fortner began her coaching career as an assistant at Stephen F. Austin from 1986-1990. Last year the Tigers made a trip to Nacogdoches where they won 61-49. This year's Stephen F. Austin team has lost five of its last six games and comes to Auburn following a two-week layoff over the holidays. The Tigers lead the series 3-0.

Coach Nell Fortner

Jeff Lebo's team took on Tulane last season in New Orleans and fell 77-62 in the season opener. Auburn leads the all-time series 32-25 with the school that was formerly a member of the SEC, but now plays in Conference USA. The Green Wave won its last outing, 72-37, vs. Tulane on Monday. The Tigers and Green Wave have played no common opponents so far this season.

"Tulane took it to us the first game of the year last year," Lebo says. "They have a lot of experienced players back. Their guard play is very strong.

"Kevin Sims, their point guard, is a terrific player," Lebo adds. "They are a very set team and meticulous team offensively and are coming in with a lot of confidence coming off a win."

Sims, a 5-10 junior from Jackson, Miss., leads the Green Wave in scoring at 12 points per game and averages 4.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds.

Robinson Louisma, a 6-7, 248 senior center from Fort Myers, Fla., is averaging 9.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Tulane is getting 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game from 6-5 sophomore guard Kris Richard from Beaumont, Tex.

The other starters include 6-7, 215 senior forward Daniel Puckett (7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds) and 6-5 freshman guard Kendall Timmons (5.4 points, 2.8 rebounds).

The top reserve is 6-7, 240 junior forward Asim McQueen, who is averaging 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds. The junior played at Auburn High School, but wasn't recruited by the Tigers.

Saturday's game is the final one before conference play starts for Lebo's team on Saturday, Jan. 10th at South Carolina.

It is also the final tuneup for the women's team before beginning SEC play on Thursday at South Carolina. Fortner's team is in action for the first time since defeating host Miami 68-53 in the finals of the Miami Holiday Classic on Tuesday as senior point guard Whitney Boddie was named MVP of the tournament after averaging 11.5 points, 10.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds in wins over Duquesne and Miami. Two other Tigers, DeWanna Bonner and Alli Smalley, were named to the all-tournament team.

Senior Korvotney Barber led Lebo's Tigers on Wednesday with 10 points and 16 rebounds while junior guard DeWayne Reed scored 20 in a 77-65 victory over Southeastern Louisiana. Saturday's men's game will be televised on CSS.

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