Fortner's Tigers Press On for 5th Victory

Hasina Muhammad scores for the Tigers.

The Auburn women's basketball team's defense led the way as the Tigers won by 27 points vs. Troy.

Auburn, Ala.--Coach Nell Fortner's Auburn women's basketball team forced 22 Troy turnovers with a full-court pressure defense as the Tigers cruised to a 74-47 victory on Wednesday night.

Auburn finished its November schedule with a 5-1 record while Troy stayed winless in six tries.

Commenting on her team's press defense, Fortner said, "I thought it set the tone of the game. That was important. We played it for a long time. Running some fresh legs in and out of there gives us an opportunity to do that."

The Auburn bench contributed the majority of points led by freshman guard Hasina Muhammad, who made 9-14 field goals on the way to scoring a game-high 19 points. It was also her top scoring game this season.

"We obviously had a great scoring punch off the bench tonight with 48 points," Fortner said. "I am so pleased with that."

Auburn's second and third leading scorers vs. the Trojans were also subs as sophomore guard Camille Glymph contributed 14 points and sophomore forward Jassany Williams tossed in 10. Glymph hit 4-8 treys for her team that was 7-15 behind the three-point line.

The leading scorer among the starters, Tyrese Tanner, chipped in with eight points and six rebounds as her team held a 48-30 advantage in rebounds.

Auburn shot 43.1 percent from the field, but put up 72 field goals to just 46 for the visitors, who made just 34.8 percent of their shots. Fortner said the shooting was a bit of a concern because her team missed too many "bunnies," especially in the second half.

The free throw shooting was not good for the Tigers, who made just 5-13 while Troy was 11-17 at the foul line.

Auburn led 38-23 at intermission and never trailed in the game.

DeAnglea Sword led the Trojans in scoring with 13 points.

Auburn starts the second month of the season with a game on Saturday at Temple. Asked how she believes her team is progressing, Fortner said the Tigers made progress on Wednesday night.

"I feel like this team is starting to really understand, and you never know when that's going to be," the coach said. "I think they saw a little bit of the light tonight, and hopefully, we'll continue getting better from this."

TROY (47)
Sword, DeAngela 4-12 4-6 13; Coleman, Kourtney 3-7 2-5 8; Bowie, Brooke 3-6 0-0 7; Manuel, Tenia 2-6 1-2 6; Nagy, Ieva 2-4 0-0 4; Hynes, Rosie 1-5 0-0 3; Ross, Dominique 0-1 2-2 2; Blake, Jamesha 1-3 0-0 2; McAppion, Sarah 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 16-46 11-17 47.

AUBURN (74)
Muhammad, Hasina 9-14 0-1 19; Glymph, Camille 5-10 0-0 14; Williams, Jassany 5-8 0-0 10; Tanner, Tyrese 2-8 4-7 8; Jennings, Morgan 3-8 0-1 6; Alverson, Blanche 2-5 0-0 5; Ouardad, Najat 2-7 0-0 5; Hilliard, Chantel 2-6 0-0 4; Simmons, Parrisha 1-4 1-4 3; Davis, Peyton 0-1 0-0 0; West, Pascale 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-72 5-13 74.

Troy 23 24 47
Auburn 38 36 74

3-point goals--Troy 4-12 (Bowie, Brooke 1-3; Manuel, Tenia 1-3; Sword, DeAngela 1-3; Hynes, Rosie 1-1; Blake, Jamesha 0-1; Nagy, Ieva 0-1), Auburn 7-15 (Glymph, Camille 4-8; Ouardad, Najat 1-2; Alverson, Blanche 1-3; Muhammad, Hasina 1-1; Tanner, Tyrese 0-1).
Fouled out--Troy-None, Auburn-None.
Rebounds-Troy 30 (Manuel, Tenia 5), Auburn 48 (Williams, Jassany 8).
Assists--Troy 8 (Hynes, Rosie 4), Auburn 14 (Ouardad, Najat 5).
Total fouls--Troy 12, Auburn 11.
Technical fouls--Troy-None, Auburn-None.

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