Tigers Return Home for Rematch With Georgia

Auburn will look to knock off Georgia, one of only two teams to defeat the Auburn women's basketball team this season.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball team will try to bounce back from its second loss of the season against the team that upset the Tigers earlier this year to give Coach Nell Fortner's team its first loss.

Tipoff time is 2 p.m. on Sunday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum as the 25-2 Tigers take on Georgia.

Auburn failed to take advantage of a chance to clinch the SEC title on Thursday night at Vanderbilt losing 73-70 with an uninspired first half performance followed by a furious second half comeback that came up short. Arkansas coming in on Thursday. Vandy plays on the road vs. Ole Miss and Tennessee to close the regular season.

Alli Smalley led Auburn's second half comeback attempt at Vandy with 15 points after halftime.

In the first Auburn vs. Georgia game in Athens on Jan. 29th the Lady Bulldogs prevailed 67-58. Auburn struggled with its shooting that night hitting just 21-63 (33.3 percent) shots while UGA made 28-54.

"We are looking forward to playing again, especially coming off of a loss," Fortner says. "We will be anxious to get back on the floor. We felt like we did not have a very good effort at Georgia and we will definitely be working hard to have a much better effort as we get to play them again at home."

Commenting on her team's second loss to Vandy, Fortner says, "I thought that the second half we played a totally different ball game than the first half, and we didn't get any of that at Georgia. So, that was a little disappointing. I thought (at Vandy) we played, got knocked back on our heels in the first half, but we came back and we competed so hard and gave ourselves a chance to win the game. If we had had maybe 30 more seconds, we might could have, but we just ran out of time.

"I was pleased with the effort," Fortner adds. "I think you have to have that kind of effort to be a championship team and its tough winning on the road.

"We just took a little too long to get warmed up or just to get competitive in the game, but I am pleased with the effort and coming back from 16 down." The Tigers trailed by 16 points at halftime, but were actually behind by as many as 18.

"We didn't have that kind of effort at Georgia," Fortner says. "We are a better road team now and we are a better home team now so we are looking forward to the rematch."

Georgia brings a 15-11 record to Auburn and is 5-6 in the SEC. The Bulldogs have lost four straight games, all by double digits, to Tennessee, Arkansas, Vandy and LSU.

Fortner says she isn't sure why UGA is slumping or concerned about that. She says her focus is on her team and improving this week.

In Auburn's loss at Georgia, DeWanna Bonner led the Tigers with 27 points and nine rebounds. Angel Robinson led Georgia with 17 points.

The Georgia at Auburn game will be televised by Fox Sports South.



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