Jan. 15, 2006
AUBURN - A second straight come-from-behind effort came up short for Auburn (9-8,0-3) as Ole Miss (11-5, 1-2) pulled out a 51-48 win at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum Sunday.
Three Tigers scored in double figures including DeWanna Bonner, who scored 12 points to go with 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, while Marita Payne and Alexis Ogubie each added 10 points. But the effort wasn't enough to overcome ice-cold shooting to open the game.
"We aren't shooting very well right now, but I thought our defense kept us in it today," Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said. "I'm proud of them for keeping their confidence in shooting the ball and battling back."
Auburn opened the contest with a basket 30 seconds into the game but could not find the bottom of the net again for more than seven minutes when Marita Payne hit a jumper at the 12:21 mark. The Tigers next bucket, an Alexis Ogubie jumper, came at the six minute mark. During that stretch the Tigers shot just 13.6 percent, going 3-for-22 from the field. For the entire first half, Auburn shot 25 percent from the field, their lowest shooting percentage in the first half this season.
Finding themselves down, 19-6, 14 minutes into the game, the Tigers finished the half on a 14-6 run highlighted by a DeWanna Bonner 3-pointer at the 1:06 mark that cut the Rebels' lead to five. The Tigers took the 25-20 deficit to the lockerroom at halftime.
The second half saw four lead changes and four ties as both teams vied for control of the game. KeKe Carrier gave the Tigers their first lead with a lay up at the 14:26 mark. Auburn let its last lead slip away at the 11:53 mark when Ole Miss guard Armintie Price converted a 3-point play after being fouled by Aileen Rossouw. Price totaled 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Rebels. Ashley Johnson was the leading scorer for Ole Miss, scoring 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc.
A pair of free throws from Ogubie tied the game again at the 6:51 mark but Auburn never again saw the lead. Nitasha Brown hit a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining in the game to cut the Ole Miss lead to three.
After two missed free-throws from Ole Miss' Lindsay Roy, time expired before DeWanna Bonner could launch a game-tying attempt from the opposite end of the court.
Marita Payne rejected a season-high nine shots in the losing effort, bringing her season total to 63 and her career blocked shots total to 333.
The Tigers fell for the fourth time this season by four points or fewer.
Auburn hopes to gain their first Southeastern Conference win when they travel to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats Thursday. The game tips off at 6 p.m. CT. The Tigers return home on the Jan. 26 to take on Alabama at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum at 8 p.m. CT.