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Auburn vs. Mississippi State Notes

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Jan. 29, 2006

Postgame Notes

- Auburn's starting lineup consisted of seniors Marita Payne and Nitasha Brown, and freshmen DeWanna Bonner, Whitney Boddie, and KeKe Carrier... This is the fifth time this season Auburn has used this lineup, including the third game in a row... The Tigers are 3-2 when using this lineup... This is the fifth time this season that Auburn has started three freshmen... Payne has started 48 straight games dating back to the start of the 2004-05 season... Bonner and Brown have started every game this season... Boddie has started the last 16 games dating back to the Nov. 26 George Mason game...This is Carrier's fifth start of the season, and third in a row.

- This is the 38th all-time meeting between the two schools... Auburn leads the series 26-12... In games played at home, Auburn leads the series 17-2.

- With the win Auburn won its third game in a row for the first time since reeling off five straight wins from Dec. 7-30... The Tigers' victory gave them three straight wins over an SEC opponent for the first time since the 2003-04 season when the Tigers had a four-game winning streak with wins over Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss and South Carolina from Feb. 5-15.

- The Tigers' 30-point victory was their largest over an SEC opponent since winning at Alabama by 32 (72-40) on Feb. 26, 2004... It was the Tigers' largest win of the year since Dec. 20, when Auburn defeated Furman 86-42.

- Auburn is now 3-4 in the month of January. In two years, head coach Nell Fortner has an overall record of 27-21. Her SEC mark is now 9-12.



- DeWanna Bonner scored 13 points to reach double figures for the fourth game in a row and 14th time this season... She is just 34 points shy of tying Le'Coe Willingham for 10th in freshman scoring at Auburn.

- Whitney Boddie had three assists, which moved her within 19 of tying Tiffany Krantz (1996-97) for sixth all-time among freshman at Auburn with 105.

- Alexis Ogubie scored a career-high 14 points to reach double figures for the fifth time this season.

- Marita Payne finished with seven rebounds and now has 588 for her career, which moved her into a tie for 15th in school history with Angie Hannah (1978-82).

- Payne did not have a block for the first time this season, snapping her streak of consecutive games with at least one block at 50... She has 347 blocks in her career and 77 for the season... She is just the fourth player in SEC history with at least 300 blocks... Florida's Vanessa Hayden is third all-time with 357 blocks... Payne extended her consecutive games streak with at least one block to 50.

- Nitasha Brown tied her career-high with 19 points on 6-11 shooting... It was the third time in her career she has scored 19 points... She also scored 19 earlier this year against UC Davis (12/28/05) and last season against Louisville (11/20/04)... Brown reached double figures in scoring for the 13th time this season... She has now scored in double figures in 11 of her last 13 games... Until Miayorka Johnson's layup at the 5:07 mark of the first half to make the score 29-13 in favor of Auburn, Nitasha Brown was single handedly beating the Lady Bulldogs, 12-11.

- AU led by 15 points at 34-19 at the half... The Tigers' 15-point lead at the break was its largest since leading by 19 over Loyola at the San Diego Surf `N Slam Tournament on Dec. 30... This is the third conference game in which Auburn led at the half... Auburn's record when leading at the half is now 12-2 on the season.

- Auburn had its largest lead of the half at 18, 29-11 with 6:27 to play in the half... The Tigers' lead was their largest in SEC play, topping the 14 points they led by against Alabama and Kentucky.

- Auburn began the game on a 7-0 run... Mississippi State did not score its first bucket until the 16:04 mark.

- Mississippi State did not have a player score more than four points in the first half... Three different players scored four points for the Lady Bulldogs.

- Mississippi State's freshman Robin Porter is the brother of former Auburn men's player Chris Porter, who played for the Tigers from 1998-2000.

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