Alverson Passes 1,000 In Win Over Ole Miss

Blanche Alverson

Senior Blanche Alverson had a big night for the Auburn women's basketball team.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior Blanche Alverson scored 23 points on the night she reached 1,000 points for her Auburn women's basketball career as her Tigers cruised to a 76-52 victory over Ole Miss on Thursday.

Auburn improved to 2-1 in the SEC and 13-3 overall. Ole Miss fell to 7-9 overall and 0-3 in the SEC.

Sophomore guard Hasina Muhammad scored 22 points for the Tigers and added eight rebounds in the victory.

Alverson just missed a double-double, finishing the game with nine rebounds along with four assists and two steals. She was 9-14 from the field and made 5-9 treys. She added four assists and two steals and had just one turnover in 32 minutes of action.

Asked if it was one of her better all-around games as an Auburn player, Alverson said, "I guess I would say so just because of the rebounding and defensively us getting out there playing.

"As a team we all wanted to get out there and make a statement early," the senior added. "We all hated to lose at Missouri on Sunday. Everybody was real focused today and we got back to what we do."

Auburn took command of the game in the opening minutes, jumping to a 12-3 advantage and increasing the lead to 45-27 by halftime. The Tigers were not as sharp in the second half, but still managed to outscore Ole Miss 31-25 in the period.

Tyrese Tanner scored 14 points and her sister Tra'cee added 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Senior point guard Jet Ouardad didn't score, but finished the night with 14 assists, her Auburn high.

"I don't care about scoring, but I feel like I did my job, which is managing the tempo and making sure I find the right players and make it as easy I can for them to score," the Ouardad said.

Auburn shot 54.8 percent from the field while holding the visitors to 32.2 percent shooting.

Ole Miss coach Brett Frank said that Auburn has a tough team and will give lots of opponents problems. "The are very athletic, they are long and they are going to create a lot of problems," he said.

Auburn out-rebounded Ole Miss 41-28 and forced 20 turnovers, two more than Auburn committed.

"I thought our kids came out immediately and set the tone against Ole Miss," Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "Right away Tyrese Tanner was very aggressive at the top of our press. She got some breakaway layups and then Blanche Alverson hit the three to start the game and gave us the energy we really needed to get going right away."

The Tigers hit the road for their next outing, a 2 p.m. tipoff at Texas A&M?on Sunday.

OLE MISS (52)

Faleru, Tia 6-16 1-1 14; McFarland, Valencia 3-5 4-4 11; Moore, Diara 3-9 4-4 10; Jackson, Monique 3-3 2-3 8; McCray, Danielle 2-4 0-0 4; Frizzell, Gracie 1-7 0-0 3; Singletary, Amber 1-10 0-0 2; Marbra, Courtney 0-3 0-0 0; McFerrin, Maggie 0-2 0-0 0; Jenkins, Kenyotta 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-59 11-12 52.

AUBURN (76)

Blanche Alverson 9-14 0-0 23; Hasina Muhammad 11-18 0-1 22; Tyrese Tanner 6-9 2-2 14; Tra'cee Tanner 5-8 0-0 10; Peyton Davis 1-2 1-4 3; Cabriana Capers 1-1 0-0 2; Chadarryl Clay 1-4 0-0 2; Julie King 0-2 0-0 0; Pascale West 0-0 0-0 0; Courtney Strain 0-3 0-0 0; Cedricka Sweeting 0-0 0-0 0; Najat Ouardad 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-62 3-7 76.

Ole Miss 27 25 52
Auburn 45 31 76

3-point goals--Ole Miss 3-18 (Frizzell, Gracie 1-6; McFarland, Valencia 1-1; Faleru, Tia 1-3; McCray, Danielle 0-1; Singletary, Amber 0-3; McFerrin, Maggie 0-2; Moore, Diara 0-2), Auburn 5-12 (Blanche Alverson 5-9; Courtney Strain 0-2; Najat Ouardad 0-1).
Fouled out--Ole Miss-None, Auburn-None.
Rebounds--Ole Miss 28 (Faleru, Tia 6), Auburn 41 (Blanche Alverson 9).
Assists--Ole Miss 8 (Singletary, Amber 4), Auburn 24 (Najat Ouardad 14).
Total fouls--Ole Miss 8, Auburn 17.
Technical fouls--Ole Miss-None, Auburn-None.
A--2,150

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