Tigers Looking For 21st Consecutive Victory

Auburn, Ala.--With 20 victories and no losses, Coach Nell Fortner's Auburn women's basketball team faces a pair of road trips this week to traditional SEC powers Georgia and LSU.

First on the schedule is a 6 p.m. CST test at Georgia.

"They are playing some good basketball right now," Fortner says. "They had a big win over Vanderbilt and they are tough at home. This staff has never beat Georgia at home. It is a huge challenge for us.

"They have a lot of experienced players on their team," Fortner says of the Lady Bulldogs, who are 13-7 overall and 3-2 in the SEC. Georgia is 7-1 in home games.

"Ashley Houts is one of the best point guards in the conference," Fortner says. "A transfer from LSU, Porsha Phillips, is playing very well this year at the four and have great size inside with Angel Robinson so we will be challenged."

After defeating Tennessee on Sunday, the Tigers are 5-0 in the SEC and have a one game lead over Florida and Vanderbilt, who are each 4-1. Tennessee is 4-2 and LSU is tied with Georgia at 3-2.

The victory over the Lady Vols moved the Tigers up to fourth in the coaches Top 25 poll and fifth in the AP rankings.

Fortner says where the Tigers are ranked in January doesn't matter. "I had no reaction at all to the polls," she says. "They do not matter to me and that is the honest truth. What matters to us is playing the next game and doing all we can to win it."

DeWanna Bonner celebrates after hitting a three-point shot in Auburn's 62-48 victory over Tennessee on Sunday. Bonner is the SEC Player of the Week.

After the excitement of a homecourt win on Sunday in front of a sellout crowd of 12,067 fans, is Fortner worried about her team not being focused on Georgia?

"I know that is something that happens in sports, but really this team has been so solid all year long with getting ready to play the next game," she says. "I do not see us having a let-down, it is what it is--you have another game to play. They have continued to be very focused and hungry so I really do not think of those terms of a let-down."

Thursday's game at Georgia will be televised regionally on CSS.

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