AUBURN 80, NICHOLLS STATE 59
Auburn, AL – Auburn showed a steady hand offensively to build a big lead against Nicholls State through three quarters, and the Tigers were never threatened the rest of the way in their Round 1 victory in the 2018 Preseason WNIT.
Auburn (2-0) will face New Mexico or Texas State in Round 2; the Colonels (0-2) will play in the consolation round.
The Tigers had a 21-point lead (64-43) after 30 minutes on 53 percent shooting. While the 3-pointers were not falling on the night (4-of-18 overall), Auburn did exert its will underneath with a 42-28 edge in rebounding.
Daisa Alexander closed with 20 points for Auburn; Emari Jones had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Janiah McKay added 14 points and seven assists. The Tigers’ defense forced 24 turnovers.
For Nicholls State, Cassidy Barrios had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Destiny Collins added 13 points and three steals.