Jan. 19, 2006
LEXINGTON, Ky. -
DeWanna Bonner scored 18 points and KeKe Carrier had her third double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds as the Auburn women's basketball team earned its first Southeastern Conference victory of the season with a 71-57 win Thursday at Kentucky.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Auburn, which improved to 10-8 overall and 1-4 in the SEC, and halted Kentucky's four-game winning streak as the Wildcats slipped to 13-4 and 2-2 in the league.
"That was a big win for us," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "I'm pleased with how we played. We showed great hustle and determination. I thought we saw a little bit of a different team with their hustle and confidence. We've lost the last two by a total of seven points and didn't know how to get over the hump. I think we learned a lot tonight."
Auburn led throughout the second half, but after a basket by Bonner with 6:58 left in the game gave Auburn its biggest lead at 57-43, Kentucky scored 10 straight points to pull within 57-53 with 3:05 left. Marita Payne's bucket inside stopped the run, and Bonner's breakaway layup with 1:11 left capped a 10-0 spurt that put Auburn up 67-53, icing the game.
Whitney Boddie had 14 points, five boards and five assists, and Nitasha Brown added 10 points for Auburn, which won for the eighth straight time against Kentucky.
Carrier, making her third start of the season and first in an SEC game, had 10 points and seven boards in 14 minutes during the first half alone. Carrier entered the game averaging just 13.8 minutes per game.
Kentucky started the first half with the game's first six points, but Auburn answered with eight straight. The Wildcats still led 19-16 when Carrier scored six points to spark a 14-2 run that gave Auburn a 30-21 lead. Boddie's jumper with nine seconds left in the first half extended Auburn's lead to 36-26 at the break.
Kentucky's Carly Ormerod hit a quick three-pointer to start the second half, trimming the lead to 36-29, but Carrier, Brown and Bonner scored consecutive baskets to push the lead to 13. Nastassia Alcius' three-pointer helped Kentucky close within nine points at 48-39 with 12:31 left, before the Tigers pushed the lead back to 14.
Payne blocked seven shots while adding six points and eight rebounds, and has now totaled 16 blocks in her last two games with at least seven blocks in three of her last four contests.
Auburn outrebounded Kentucky, 44-33, and shot 51.9 percent from the field, hitting 28-of-54 shots. The Wildcats, who were led by Ormerod's 16 points, were held to just 29.9 percent shooting (20-of-67). Ormerod led
Auburn will take a week off before hosting Alabama next Thursday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m.