AUBURN – Even as Auburn’s women’s basketball team had some struggles against a difficult preconference schedule, head coach Nell Fortner said good times were coming.
Blanche Alverson scored a career-high 27 points against Ole Miss/Todd Van Emst photo
And those good times came with the start of the Southeastern Conference season.
The Tigers (10-7 and 3-1) bounced back from a loss at Vanderbilt to deck Ole Miss 85-73 on Thursday behind sophomore Blanche Alverson’s career-high 27 points. They will be back on the court at Auburn Arena today to take on LSU (12-6, 2-2) at 2 p.m. Three of LSU’s losses have come at the hands of top 10 teams.
Alverson has been on a streak. She had third consecutive double-figure scoring performance against Ole Miss. Senior Jordan Greenleaf added 15 points.
"Blanche and Jordan are shooting the ball so well right now, and they are more familiar and comfortable with what we are doing offensively," Fortner said. "They are taking good shots within our offense and knocking them down.
"It has been nice to see Blanche knocking those long 3ss down because it opens up some other things for us.”
Eleven Auburn players got into the game and scored against Ole Miss. Fortner said depth has been a strength.
“We have really nice, quality depth, and it has allowed us to pay a variety of lineups and styles," Fortner said. "We can press, we can push the ball, we can do all sorts of things. We are getting good production from so many people, and they are able to do things on both ends of the floor."