Jan. 8, 2006
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Despite having three players score in double figures, led by DeWanna Bonner's 16 points, Auburn fell to Alabama 68-54 on Sunday.
Alabama (7-8, 1-1 SEC) sprinted out of the blocks to begin the game by scoring 11 of the game's first 13 points to open up an 11-2 lead, which Auburn (9-6, 0-2 SEC) could not recover from. The loss ended the Tigers' four-game win streak against the Crimson Tide.
"It is very disappointing," head coach Nell Fortner said. "I don't think we brought our best game with us today and it is very disappointing. We had some bad defensive breakdowns and they made us pay for it."
Bonner's 16 points came on 6-of-18 shooting, but the 6-foot-4 freshman could not find her stroke from beyond the arc, as she finished 0-for-6 from three.
Nitasha Brown scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half and finished 4-of-10 from the field and 4-of-8 from three. Brown only attempted two shots in the second half, as the senior took over point-guard duties from Whitney Boddie in the second half.
Marita Payne blocked a team and personal season-high seven shots, while scoring 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting. Alexis Ogubie made her second straight start and led the Tigers with six rebounds.
Trailing 35-24 at the half, Auburn got within four (52-48) with 7:05 remaining, but the Tigers could not overcome their cold shooting of just 31.6 percent (18-57) for the game. Alabama shot 42 percent (21-of-50) in the win.
The Tigers battled back from their opening 11-2 deficit by cutting Alabama's lead to two (19-17) at the 7:35 mark of the first half, but the Crimson Tide responded with a 6-0 run and an eight-point lead at the 6:04 mark in the half.
After struggling most of the season from the charity stripe, Auburn shot a season-high 93.3 percent from the line on 14-of-15 shooting.
Marverly Nettles finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Kate Mastin also chipped in with 20 points to lead the Crimson Tide.
Auburn returns to action on Thursday when the Tigers continue SEC play at Arkansas at 7 p.m.