Dec. 20, 2005
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Auburn shot a season-best 57.6 percent from the field and Marita Payne led all scorers with 17 points, while Nitasha Brown earned her first-career double-double with 13 points and 11 assists as Auburn defeated Furman 86-42 on Tuesday.
"This is usually a really hard time of the year to put together a complete game, but I'm really proud of the way we played tonight," head coach Nell Fortner said. "This game showed everyone what we are capable of doing."
Auburn (6-4) opened the game with a pressing defense that caused havoc all night for Furman (4-5), who committed 29 turnovers. The Tigers were able to reap the benefits of Furman's turnovers by converting 30 points off of the Lady Paladins' miscues. The Tigers sealed the victory with a defensive effort that held Furman to just four points in the final 6:28 of the game.
"I'm really pleased with our press," Fortner said. "It set the tone for the game and it worked for us tonight."
A total of four players scored in double figures for the Tigers, as Payne and Brown were joined by DeWanna Bonner and KeKe Carrier.
On top of her game-high 17 points, Payne also added five blocks and five rebounds. Bonner finished with 16 points and five rebounds, while Carrier scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds in 11 minutes. All of Brown's 13 points came in the second half and her 11 assists were a career high. Sherell Hobbs added a career-high nine points and seven rebounds in the win.
The Tigers dominated post play all evening, outscoring the Lady Paladins 44-8 in the paint. The dominate play was not just limited to the post, as the Tigers stroked a season-best seven three-pointers in the win.
Auburn scored a season-high 50 points and led 50-24 at the half. The Tigers connected on six of their seven three-pointers in the first frame, while holding Furman to just 6-of-21 shooting. Five of Furman's field goals in the half were three-pointers.
Lauren Few paced Furman with 15 points and she was the only Lady Paladin to reach double figures in scoring.
Auburn returns to action Wednesday, Dec. 28 when they will face UC Davis at 7:30 p.m. in the San Diego Surf `n Slam Tournament in San Diego, Calif.