Feb. 25, 2007
OXFORD, Miss. -
The Auburn Tigers (19-11 overall, 6-8 SEC) trailed by as many 14 in the first half, but outscored Ole Miss (20-9 overall, 9-5 SEC) 41-32 in the second stanza to earn a 64-56 win over the Rebels on Sunday in
"It was a great effort by all the players," head coach Nell Fortner said. "I thought our bench did a nice job, and we got everyone's best effort today."
Tamela McCorvey and Sherell Hobbs each totaled 13 points for the Tigers, while KeKe Carrier chipped-in 11 in just 13 minutes of play. DeWanna Bonner, the Tigers' leading scorer on the season, finished with eight points after failing to score in the first half.
Auburn took its first lead of the game (25-24) on a Jordan Greenleaf layup with 18:16 to go in the second half, but found itself back down by six (35-29) with 14:13 to play. The Tigers tied the game at 42 with to go, and took its final lead on the ensuing possession.
Trailing by as many as eight, Ole Miss cut the lead to four on a three-pointer by Carla Bartee with 19 seconds to play. McCorvey, who was perfect on the day from the charity stripe, stepped to the line and buried both free throws to give AU a two possession lead as the Tigers went on to win by eight.
The Tigers, who earned the No. 9 seed, will face South Carolina, the No. 8 seed, in the opening round of the SEC Tournament on Thursday, March 1 at Noon CT.