Tigers Looking for Record Win Vs. Bama

Auburn will try to win its 23 game of the season on a road trip to Tusscaloosa.

Auburn, Ala.--Coach Nell Fortner's sixth-ranked Auburn women's basketball team will look to sweep its series vs. Alabama with a 2 p.m. CST tipoff scheduled for Sunday in Tuscaloosa.

The Tigers are looking to beat Alabama for the seventh straight time to break AU's previously longest winning streak of six vs. its archrival set in the early 1980s.

Fortner has an 8-1 record against Alabama with the only loss coming two seasons ago in Tuscaloosa.

Auburn needs to keep winning to stay on pace in the SEC race. Auburn and Florida are 7-1, one game ahead of 6-2 Vanderbilt and 6-2 Tennessee. The Tigers have already faced and defeated Florida this season.

Auburn, which is 22-1 overall, defeated Alabama 84-66 this season in January. The Tide, which is 12-11 overall, is 0-8 in the SEC this season.

Fortner's Tigers won on Thursday night, knocking off Ole Miss 72-65 while Alabama fell 92-71 to Florida.

"I just hope we go there and play with great effort," Fortner says of her team's road trip to Coleman Coliseum. "It is about going in there and having a strong desire to play with great effort and win the ball game.

"You throw the rivalry on top of it and there is a lot of state pride, just a lot of pride from a lot of kids on that floor," the coach added. "You will see the kids playing hard and I think you will see a good ball game."

Sophomore forward Tierney Jackson leads Alabama with averages of 11.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

DeWanna Bonner, who was named the national player of the month for January, leads the SEC in scoring with 21.1 points per game for the Tigers. The senior is averaging 8.6 rebounds per game to lead Auburn in that statistic. She scored 24 points in the first game vs. Alabama.

Three other Auburn starters are scoring in double figures with sophomore Alli Smalley averaging 12.8 points per game followed by senior Sherell Hobbs at 12.0 and senior Whitney Boddie scoring 10.2 points per outing. Boddie scored 12 points and dished out 12 assists in the first game vs. Alabama this season.

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