AU women take down LSU

AUBURN – Auburn's women's basketball team is rolling.

Auburn's Alli Smalley goes to the basket/Todd Van Emst photo

The Tigers decked LSU 65-53 at Auburn Arena on Sunday, controlling the game from start to finish. They won for the seventh time in eighth games and improved to 11-7 overall and 4-2 in the SEC.

Senior Jordan Greenleaf scored 12 points and had nine rebounds as Auburn held on to third place in the SEC standings.

“Our confidence is good right now," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "The schedule was very hard in the beginning, and we had some losses that were tough on us. They’ve done a great job at learning lessons from the losses, and the leadership has really stepped up and helped this team get back on track.”

Sophomore Morgan Toles scored 11 points and senior Alli Smalley 10 as the Tigers raced away to a 22-point lead before Fortner cleared the bench.

The Tigers used their defense to pressure the Bayou Bengals, getting 10 steals and five blocked shots while forcing 20 LSU turnovers.

“I was really pleased with the win," Fortner said. "I thought that was some of the best defense we’ve seen all year. The focus and the attention to the game plan was very good today. We seem to be getting better and better every game and we are maturing into a pretty good defensive team.”

Auburn goes on the road Thursday to play Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville.

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