Carrier's Career-High Sparks Tigers

Coach Nell Fortner's Auburn Tigers picked up a road victory on Tuesday night.

Greensboro, N.C.--Senior center Keke Carrier scored a career-high 28 points and added 13 rebounds to lead Auburn to a 76-63 women's basketball victory over North Carolina A&T on Tuesday night.

Leading by five points in the second half the Tigers pulled away with a 13-0 run and were never threatened after that by the defending MEAC champions.

Auburn improved its record to 5-3 while North Carolina A&T fell to 2-4.

The Tigers got 11 points apiece from Alli Smalley and Nicolle Thomas. Blanche Alverson scored 10 points for the Tigers who played the game without starting point guard Morgan Toles, who was injured after taking a blow to the head in Auburn's last game. She is expected back for AU's next game.

Auburn coach Nell Fortner said Carrier, who hit 11-16 field goals, was a force around the basket. "They didn't have anything to deal with her," Fortner said. "She needs all of these kind of games to get that confidence and get her game going for the conference season if nothing else. The good thing is she looks better every game."

Carrier is bouncing back from a stress fracture in her foot and lower back injury.

The Tigers hit 6-14 threes ad 30-57 field goals while North Carolina A&T was 4-16 on threes and 22-67 from the field. Auburn hit 10-18 free throws while the home team hit 15-18. Auburn turned the ball over 15 times, three more than North Carolina A&T. AU out-rebounded the losers 39-38.

Auburn returns to action with a 1 p.m. home game on Saturday vs. George Washington.

AUBURN (76)
Carrier, KeKe 11-16 6-11 28; Thomas, Nicolle 4-12 0-0 11; Smalley, Alli 5-10 0-0 11; Alverson, Blanche 4-6 0-0 10; Simmons, Parrisha 4-5 1-2 9; West, Pascale 2-4 0-0 4; Greenleaf, Jordan 0-2 3-4 3; Hilliard, Chantel 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-57 10-17 76.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T (63
MURDAUGH,Crystal 4-12 4-4 12; BERRY,JaQuayla 2-8 5-6 10; CALVIN,Amber 3-6 1-2 9; SAMS,Jaleesa 3-10 2-2 8; SMALLEY,Lamona 4-11 0-0 8; GORHAM,Nikia 2-8 3-4 7; COOK,Ta'Wuana 2-5 0-0 5; THOMAS,Tierra 2-4 0-0 4; ALFORD,Tyronnica 0-1 0-0 0; COULTER,Lonise 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-67 15-18 63.

Auburn 42 34 76
North Carolina A&T 32 31 63

Three-point goals--Auburn 6-14 (Thomas, Nicolle 3-7; Alverson, Blanche 2-4; Smalley, Alli 1-3). North Carolina A&T 4-16 (CALVIN,Amber 2-3; BERRY,JaQuayla 1-6; COOK,Ta'Wuana 1-3; THOMAS,Tierra 0-1; ALFORD,Tyronnica 0-1; SAMS,Jaleesa 0-2).
Fouled out--Auburn-None, North Carolina A&T-None.
Rebounds--Auburn 39 (Carrier, KeKe 13), North Carolina A&T 38 (SMALLEY, Lamona 9).
Assists--Auburn 16 (Smalley, Alli 4; Greenleaf, Jordan 4), North Carolina A&T 12 (COOK,Ta'Wuana 3).
Total fouls--Auburn 17, North Carolina A&T 13.
Technical fouls--Auburn-None, North Carolina A&T-None.
A-1,527


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