Lady Tigers Enjoying Success

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - No. 6 Auburn is off to its best start in 20 years.
The Tigers (17-0, 2-0 SEC) haven't opened this hot since the 1988-89 team won its first 28 games en route to the national championship game.

It is the program's third-best beginning behind a 19-0 start two years before the 28-game streak.

Auburn is the SEC's highest ranked men's or women's basketball team, six spots ahead of Tennessee's Lady Vols.

Led by preseason SEC player of the year DeWanna Bonner, the Tigers are thriving with a lineup that starts four seniors along with sharp-shooting sophomore guard Alli Smalley. They advanced to the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 2004 and the first time under fifth-year coach Nell Fortner.

Auburn is averaging a league-high 80.9 points a game and ranks first in five other categories including assists and field goal and 3-point percentage.

The Tigers visit Arkansas on Sunday and will host Tennessee a week later.