Feb. 1, 2007
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It took less than six minutes for Auburn to do away with Alabama Thursday night at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The Tigers (16-7, 3-4) made nine of their first 12 shots, while the Tide (10-13, 0-8) missed their first eight. Auburn led 22-1 at the 14:28 mark and never looked back, eventually winning 93-61. The victory was Auburn's first conference win at home this season.
"It's nice to get that first home win in the conference." Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said. "I thought we played very well to get that win. Our transition game was very good and we had some strong bench play tonight."
DeWanna Bonner led four Tigers in double figures with 18 points on a season-best 8-of-11 shooting performance. Tamela McCorvey added 14 points, and Trevesha Jackson scored 12. Whitney Boddie spent the evening dishing to her teammates, notching a career-high 12 assists to go with 10 points of her own.
"I thought she (Boddie) was outstanding tonight," Fortner said. "I thought she set the tone on both ends of the floor."
The Tigers led 47-23 at the half, due in large part to 26.7 shooting and 12 turnovers from the Tide. Auburn shot 51.3 percent and committed only five offensive miscues in the opening period.
Auburn got off to another hot start in the second half, finding the bottom of the net on six of their first nine shots to up their lead to 35 at 65-30. Alabama never came within 28 points of the Tigers again.
In all, Alabama committed 21 turnovers and shot 36.2 percent. Auburn only committed 11 turnovers and shot 54.8 percent.
Kate Mastin was the Tide's leading scorer, netting 16 points. Navonda Moore contributed 13 points in 19 minutes of play.
The win improves Fortner to 4-1 against Alabama and gives the Tigers a 34-32 cushion in the all-time series. Auburn's offensive output Thursday was as good as it has ever been against the Tide, tying the 93-point performance the Tigers put on Alabama in a 27-point win on Feb 17, 1993.
The Tigers will look to reach the .500 mark in SEC play when they travel to Starkville, Miss. Feb. 4th to take on Mississippi State. Tip-off at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 2.p.m. Auburn returns home to entertain No. 3 Tennessee on Feb. 8th at 6 p.m. That contest will be televised regionally on Comcast Sports Southeast.