Jan. 21, 2007
AUBURN - Down by as many as 13 points in the first half, Auburn (15-6, 2-3 SEC) went on a 17-7 run to take its first lead of the game, but it was not enough to overcome Jennifer Humprey's 16 points and 20 rebounds as Kentucky (14-6, 3-2 SEC) dropped Auburn, 68-65, Sunday at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.
DeWanna Bonner scored 23 points for her second 20-point game in a row, fifth of the season and ninth of her career. Whitney Boddie added 19 and Sherell Hobbs scored 10 to give Auburn three players in double-figures for the 17th time in 21 games this season.
"They were just bigger and stronger than us all day long," Auburn head coach Nell Fornter said. "We didn't have the answers."
After battling neck-and-neck with the Lady Cats for much of the second half, Auburn couldn't capitalize on key opportunities late in the game. After Kentucky took a 63-60 lead, Bonner and Hobbs both missed jumpers with less than a minute remaining and Kentucky's Sarah Elliot came away with the ball, forcing Auburn to foul.
Kentucky's Alcius Nastassia nailed two free throws to make the Kentucky lead five. Boddie penetrated on Auburn's ensuing possession and was fouled in the act, but her shot rolled off the rim to prevent the three-point play. She hit both foul shots to make the score 65-62. Auburn then put Jenny Pfeifer on the line for a one-and-one, but couldn't grab the rebound when she missed on the front end. Humphrey then converted the put-back to make Kentucky's lead five.
Bonner nailed a long-distance three on Auburn's next possession with only six seconds remaining in the game, but after Nastassia missed the back of a one-and-one, Hobbs' attempt from half court bounced off the backboard.
Auburn trailed by seven, 31-24, at halftime after falling behind by 13 with a six-plus minutes remaining in the period. Down 23-10, Auburn scored six straight points to cut the margin to seven at 23-17. Kentucky quickly scored two buckets, and then Auburn did the same. The two teams traded baskets for the remaining two minutes of the half.
Each team scored twice early in the game before the Lady Cats reeled off a 19-6 run that spanned more than nine minutes.
Kentucky shot 31-of-63 from the field (49.2 percent) against 24-of-62 shooting from Auburn (38.7 percent). The Lady Cats also out-rebounded Auburn 43-35, despite Tamela McCorvey contributing a career-high six boards to Auburn's effort.
The Tigers' have reached their last bye in the SEC schedule and don't play again until they take on LSU Jan. 28th, at 2 p.m. CT in Baton Rouge, La. Auburn returns home to host Alabama on Feb. 1st at 6 p.m. CT.