Nov. 30, 2011
AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team improved to 5-1 on the season as it rolled past Troy, 74-47, Wednesday night at the Auburn Arena. The game marked the last of a three-game home stand for the Tigers. The Trojans fell to 0-6 on the season. Freshman Hasina Muhammad came off the bench to lead the Tigers in scoring with 19 points.
"I thought we had a great scoring punch off the bench tonight with 48 points, and I'm so pleased with that," Auburn Head Coach Nell Fortner said. "It just gives us so many options with starting who we start and then having that punch coming off the bench.
"I feel really good about the direction we are going. We are not where we want to be totally, but I feel like this game has given us another measure of ourselves as far as how we want to play basketball and how hard we want to play it."
Auburn's 48 bench points were the most so far this season and marks the second-consecutive game that the Tigers' bench has outscored the opponent. The Tiger bench scored 35 points to South Carolina-Upstate's 34 on Sunday. Auburn had three players in double-figures on the evening, all of whom came in off the bench.
Muhammad led the Tigers with a career-high 19 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two steals. She finished at 9-of-14 shooting from the floor in just 20 minutes of play. Camille Glymph also came off the bench for 14 points, with 12 of them coming from beyond the arc. Jassany Williams added 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, marking the third game this season for her to block at least four shots.
Junior point guard Najat Ouardad picked up a team-high five steals, along with five points and five rebounds. Her five steals were the most for an Auburn player since DeWanna Bonner stole six against Tennessee on Jan. 25, 2009.
As a team, the Tigers blocked 13 shots against Troy, the most since tying the school record of 17 against Alabama A&M on Nov. 19, 2009.
The Tigers out-rebounded Troy 48-30 and picked up more than half of their rebounds on the offensive end. It was the first time this season that Auburn picked up more boards on offense than defense.
"I thought our size definitely made a difference," Fortner said. "I thought we were very aggressive on the offensive boards, which was something we wanted to do. Obviously getting more offensive rebounds than defensive rebounds definitely is pretty nice to see."
Leading by just one point at 12-11 early in the game, Auburn went on a 9-0 run to take its first double-digit lead with 9:56 to go in the first half. Troy cut it back to eight with 5:08 left in the opening period, but the Tigers answered with an 11-2 run and led by 17 before a Trojan layup just before the buzzer cut it to 38-23 at halftime.
Auburn ramped up the intensity in the second half and led by 26 following a Muhammad layup with 10:38 left to play. The Tiger lead would go no lower than 21 the rest of the game and went as high as 29 with 2:04 left as Auburn cruised to its fifth win of the season by 20 or more points.
DeAngela Sword led Troy in scoring with 13 points and picked up three rebounds. Kourtney Coleman added eight points while Tenia Manuel scored six with a team-high five boards.
Auburn returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 3 as the Tigers travel to Temple (2-5). Tipoff is set for 12 p.m. CT, from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa.