Feb. 12, 2006
OXFORD, Miss. - A three-point play by Ole Miss' Arminti Price with 1:08 to play gave the Lady Rebels a three-point lead and Auburn missed three three-point attempts in the final 22 seconds which would have tied the game as Ole Miss held on to sweep the season series from the Tigers with a 64-61 victory at Tad Smith Coliseum on Sunday.
Sherell Hobbs and DeWanna Bonner each recorded double-doubles, but it was not enough as Auburn (12-11, 3-7 SEC) committed over 20 turnovers for the third consecutive game, finishing with 21 miscues in the loss.
"I thought the effort in the second half was good," head coach Nell Fortner said. "We just didn't play well enough after we dug ourselves a hole in the first half. It's just unfortunate to lose today and it is a tough one to swallow."
Hobbs set new career highs with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Bonner had 10 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for her second double-double of the season. Despite playing just four minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, KeKe Carrier added 15 points and seven rebounds, six of which came on the offensive end.
After trailing 37-33 at the half, Auburn evened the match at 41 with 16:09 to play with a bucket by Hobbs and presumed to take a 43-41 lead after Carrier made two free throws. The Tigers would extend their lead to as many as six before Ole Miss (14-10, 4-7 SEC) battled back to tie the game at 61-all with 1:49 to play.
Auburn's first opportunity to tie the game was a three-point attempt by Brown, which came on a set play following a timeout with 22 seconds to play. After Ole Miss failed to ice the game on a free-throw attempt, Brown had another three-point attempt which would have tied the game that missed. Following Brown's miss, the ball was rebounded by the Tigers and sent to Bonner, whose three-pointer rimmed out as the horn sounded.
Trailing by 14 with in the first half, Auburn went on a 12-2 run to close the half and narrowed the Lady Rebels' lead to four at 37-33.
In the middle of the first half, Ole Miss used a 19-3 run to open up a 14-point lead. Following the Lady Rebels' run, Hobbs scored Auburn's next nine points to cut Ole Miss' lead to eight at 35-27.
Auburn opened the game on an 8-2 run and Ole Miss did not take the lead until Ashley Johnson hit two straight three-pointers to give the Lady Rebels a 10-8 lead with 14:19 to play in the half.
Price led the Lady Rebels in virtually every category, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and six steals.
Chantelle Blakely made her first-career start for the Tigers at point guard and logged 33 minutes.
Freshman guard Whitney Boddie did not play at Ole Miss and has been suspended from the team indefinitely. Boddie's situation will be re-evaluated in the coming weeks.
Auburn returns to action on Thursday, when the Tigers host South Carolina at 8:00 p.m. at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.