Dec. 19, 2006
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -
Auburn held Maryland Eastern Shore scoreless for the first 15 minutes of the game, and Tamela McCorvey netted a career-high 24 points as the Tigers dismissed the Lady Hawks 70-31 Wednesday night in Princess Anne, Md. The win improved Auburn to 10-3 and dropped Maryland Eastern Shore to 4-7.
"I told the team at halftime that we had to be doing something right on defense," Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said. "This zone has been good to us so far this season."
Auburn didn't perform exceptionally well on offense early in the game, but made up for it with a strong defensive start. The Tigers forced ten turnovers and 24 missed shots before the Lady Hawks' Candyce Jeter hit the second of two free throws with 4:15 to play in the first half. Maryland Eastern Shore's first field goal came with 3:14 remaining in the period. At the half, Auburn led 33-5.
In second half, Auburn continued to dominate, forcing nine more turnovers and allowing only nine field goals.
McCorvey finished 9-of-16 from the field, including a 4-of-8 mark from beyond the arc. She was the only scorer in double figures for both teams.
"She was our go-to girl tonight," Fortner said. "It was good to see her shoot it so well from three, because she had struggled the last couple of games."
The Tigers shot 11-of-28 in the first half and 23-of-54 in the game. The Lady Hawks improved on a 2-of-30 first half effort to finish the game 11-of-64.
Jeter and Jelila Abdul-Basset each scored eight points to lead the Lady Hawks.
Maryland Eastern Shore's 31 points were the fewest allowed by an Auburn team since Nebraska-Omaha scored 27 against the Tigers on Dec. 9th, 2004. The 39-point margin of victory was the largest since Auburn defeated Furman 86-42 on Dec. 20, 2005.
The Tigers reached the 10-win mark in just 13 games, five fewer than in both 2004 and 2005.
Auburn returns to The Plains for a 1 p.m. CT contest with Oakland on Dec. 21st before taking a week-long holiday break. The Tigers return to action vs. James Madison in the first round of the Miami Tournament on Dec. 28th at 4 p.m. CT.