Nov. 10, 2006
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Sherell Hobbs tied a career high with 17 points and four other Tigers put double figures on the scoreboard en route to a 71-56 win over Western Carolina Friday night at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center in Cullowhee, N.C. The win was Auburn's second season opening victory under head coach Nell Fortner.
"I'm really proud of how we played tonight," Fortner said. "They were fighters out there. They never lost their composure, and they never quit."
Auburn led 20-19 with 9:22 remaining in the first half when Joanna Clayden sank a three-pointer that sparked an 18-8 run for the Tigers to close the period. The lead diminished to seven early in the second half, and Auburn led by only eight with 3:20 remaining in the game. Two McCorvey layups in the final minute gave Auburn an 11 point lead and put the game on ice for the Tigers.
Auburn was out rebounded 50-40 by the Lady Catamounts, but made up for their struggles on the boards with eight blocks and 11 steals.
The Tigers shot the ball well in the game, going 27-of-52 from the field compared to 19-of-72 for the Lady Catamounts. Monique Dawson was the leading scorer for Western Carolina, putting 16 points on the board.
Auburn played the game without last season's leading scorer, DeWanna Bonner, who sat out the game with an injury.
Auburn returns to Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum for its home opener Wednesday, Nov. 15, vs. Alabama State. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT.