Tigers Look to Bounce Back Vs. LSU

Baton Rouge, La.--After suffering their first loss of the season, Coach Nell Fortner's Tigers look to bounce back on Sunday at LSU.

Auburn needs a victory to keep pace in the SEC women's basketball race. The Tigers are tied for first at 5-1 in conference play with Florida and Vanderbilt.

LSU is just a game behind at 4-2 in the league play and is 11-7 overall.

Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CST at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, a place where Auburn hasn't won since taking a 65-61 victory in 2001.

"We just have to shoot the ball better," Fortner says of her 20-1 team that lost at Georgia on Thursday night. "We were on the road against a very good team in a hostile environment, and we let a few things get to us. It affected our shooting and it affected our ability to execute on both ends of the floor."

LSU's league losses were to Vandy by a 75-67 score and 38-36 vs. Mississippi State.

Junior Allison Hightower leads LSU in scoring at 13.9 points per game. Freshman LeSondara Barrett is the top rebounder at 5.8 per game and is scoring 11.9 points per contest.

"LSU has tremendous talent," Fortner says of Coach Van Chancellor's team. "They are playing well right now. They've won three road games in the SEC, and I don't care who you are, it's tough winning on the road."

Auburn's 20 straight victories without a loss was the second longest season-opening winning streak in AU women's basketball history behind 28-0 in 1988-89.


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