Sherell Hobbs led the Auburn contingent with 25 points.
Feb. 21, 2008
Auburn cut a 13-point Ole Miss lead to four in the final six minutes of play Thursday at "Tad" Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss., but the Tigers were never able to regain the lead, as they fell to Ole Miss 76-68.
Ole Miss' Elizabeth Robertson and Bianca Thomas came up big for the Lady Rebels, combining for 30 points off the bench.
"They were huge," head coach Nell Fortner said of Robertson and Thomas. "Robertson was huge from the three-point line, and Thomas was just phenomenal. They are both players that do not even start, but they came up big for their team."
Auburn found a rhythm with 11 minutes left in the game when it went on a 10-2 run. With 6:48 left in the game, Hobbs hit a jumper to cut the Ole Miss lead to just four at 54-50. The Tigers still trailed by just five points with 3:30 left when the momentum shifted back in Ole Miss' favor . Robertson was fouled while sinking a crucial three point shot, and finished off the four-point play with a free throw to push the lead to nine.
Auburn was determined to not give up and made one more run at the win. The lead was once again cut to four with 31 seconds left on the clock after a Hobbs trey, but time ran out on Auburn's fight as the Lady Rebels clinched the victory by sinking five-of-six free throws down the stretch.
Ole miss improved to 11-14 on the season and 5-7 in the SEC, while Auburn fell to 18-8 and 6-5 in the SEC while seeing its three-game winning streak snapped.
Auburn takes on another SEC team on the road Sunday, Feb. 24, as the Tigers visit Georgia in Athens, Ga. at 1:30 p.m. CT. The game win be televised on CSS.