Auburn 74, Alabama 49


Feb. 14, 2008

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Auburn Post Game Quotes

Nell Fortner, Auburn Head Coach
Opening statement...
"I am definitely happy we won. Looking at the schedule, we are 1-0 with this stretch of games. We just take it one step at a time. It concerns me that it wasn't a pretty win, but that's giving credit to Alabama's defense. They were playing very aggressive and did a great job in the beginning of keeping us from getting in our offensive flow. But I think eventually we did a nice job of penetrating and pushing the ball in transition and attacking the basket. Then we opened it up a little bit and it started happening for us."

On Cassie Moore...
"She had a good night. She does create some concerns for the opponent because of her size. She's getting better every game. She did well when she got the ball in her hand, not only defensively, but she's also a big body to get around. They were able to get inside, but had a hard time getting the ball in the basket."

On concerns with Alli Smalley...
"She had a lot of turnovers. She does need to do a lot better with handling the ball. Sometimes she gets a little too free with the ball, she thinks she can cross over even against extremely quick opponents like Dedrea Magee. She's not respecting the defensive pressure. She has to do better at that. She's got to get better at that."

DeWanna Bonner, Junior Guard
On the first half...
"We started off kind of slow, but Cassie Moore came in and gave us a great lift. She came in and stopped their inside game and that gave us momentum. We started taking the ball in transition then it was hard for them to stop us in transition because everyone could handle the ball."

On handling the ball...
"I think it helps to take the pressure off of Alli (Smalley) so she can hit a lot of open shots when I take the ball up the court. So, yes, I am getting more comfortable with it."

On Alli Smalley...
"She's a freshman, she's playing point guard, and that's a hard job. We've got to get her confidence up and keep her motivated."

Sherell Hobbs, Junior Guard
On being in control...
"I felt like in the second half we were in control, especially since we were up by 20. We need to limit our turnovers and start off with a spark in both halves. In the beginning of the game, we started off kind of slow and also in the second half."

On forced turnovers...
"We knew they were in the triangle offense so we had to pressure the ball and get out in the passing lanes to force them to turn the ball over. We pressured the ball really well tonight."

On Alabama's frustration...
"At first they were hitting layups and when Cassie came in with her presence they had to start thinking about what to do next, which caused them to turn the ball over."

Alabama Head Coach Stephany Smith

Opening Statement...
"I know it was a lot of fun for Auburn fans, but you might be surprised to find out that for about 34 minutes, it was a lot a fun for me too. We have had so many injuries. We did not have a lot of success last season, and we fought for as long as we could fight throughout SEC play. In the last week and a half, we got that dazed look in our eyes, and tonight was the night we found our chemistry and got our fight back. We played well for good portions of the game despite all the adversity this team has been through. Our pressure was better, but I have to give Auburn a lot of credit for handling the pressure and for taking control of what once was a very close game. They were able to solidify and come up with a big win."

Getting the ball inside in the first half...
"One of our points of emphasis to start the game was to establish our inside game. Prior to the first media timeout, Tierney Jenkins had close to 10 points around the basket. At the media timeout, Auburn substituted in Cassie Moore, and she had a few blocks. From her blocks, some other people got some blocks. That was a really big momentum shift for Auburn, and we got away from what had been so successful for us the whole game. Instead of adjusting, doing shot fakes and taking them to the basket, we moved away from our game plan all together, and Cassie Moore initiated that."

Team Notes
- With the win Auburn improved to 17-7 overall and 5-4 in the SEC. It marked the first time in Nell Fortner's tenure that her team had a winning record in the SEC. Fortner is in her fourth year on The Plains.
- Auburn improved to 36-32 all-time vs. Alabama. When playing in Auburn, Auburn moved to 22-8.
- Nell Fortner is now 7-1 vs. Alabama.
- Auburn is 16-0 when leading at the half this season. Auburn led 36-25 at halftime today.
- Auburn is 11-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points. The Tigers are 49-1 all-time under Nell Fortner when scoring 70 or more points.

Individual Notes
- DeWanna Bonner scored in double figures for the 64th time in her career (out of 84 games). Bonner led the team with 19 points, marking the 39th time in her career she has been the leading scorer.
- DeWanna Bonner turned in a new career high seven assists. DeWanna Bonner also notched a new career high in blocks with five.
- Sherell Hobbs had four steals tonight. She has now had at least one steal in 21 games this season and 18 straight. Hobbs moved past Diann McNeil for seventh on the steals list for juniors.
- Alli Smalley hit one 3-pointer tonight . She has made at least one 3-pointer in 19 of 24 games this season.