TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tamela McCorvey scored 14 points to lead Auburn (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) to a 64-47 victory over UC-Riverside on Friday night in
the first round of the Arizona State University Classic.
The Tigers will play Arizona State (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP), a 78-60 winner over
Gonzaga on Friday, in Sunday's championship game. Auburn (7-0) used a 14-0 run, sparked by a pair of 3-pointers by
McCorvey, late in the first half to take control. The Tigers led
32-16 at the break after Riverside (0-5) missed 19 of 26 first-half
field goals. Auburn ran off nine straight points in the first 5
minutes of the second half and led by 26. Kemie Nkele had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Highlanders,
who shot just 29.3 percent from the field (17-of-58). Alli Smalley added 11 points for the Tigers, who have won their
first seven games by an average of 22 points. McCorvey, who came in
averaging just 7.3 points, was 3-of-7 from 3-point range. DeWanna Bonner, who had nine points and 12 rebounds for the
Tigers, fed Trevesha Jackson for a layup that started the 14-point
spurt, leaving Auburn with a 31-15 lead with 2:39 left. The Tigers scored 19 points off 14 Highlanders turnovers in the
first 20 minutes.