Nov. 14, 2007
AUBURN - The Auburn women's basketball team notched its second victory of the season with a 77-61 win over Troy University Wednesday night.
"It was a really nice effort from us for 40 minutes," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "It gives everybody great confidence, and it shows how much we have grown up. All the experience is beginning to pay off."
The Tigers led the Trojans by as much as 15 in the first half, but let Troy get within six by halftime. Amy Lewis of Troy made a three-point that brought the Trojans within three to start the second half, but the Tigers pulled away with a 10-point run.
The Tigers led Troy by as much as 21 in the second half. The Trojans closed the gap to 10 several times, but with 24 turnovers, Troy was unable to top the Tigers.
"We kept our composure down the stretch," Fortner said. "We got the big lead, and then Troy began knocking down shots. It got them back in the game, but we never lost our composure. We stayed with it and made good decisions."
For the second game in-a-row, the Tigers had multiple players with double-digit scoring numbers.
Junior DeWanna Bonner led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points. She shot six-of-nine from the field and five-of-six from the free throw line. Bonner also picked up three steals and seven rebounds.
Junior Whitney Boddie accounted for 16 of the Tigers' points, shooting seven-of-13 from the field and two-for-two from the charity stripe. Boddie had seven rebounds and two steals.
The Trojans shot 25-of-50 from the field and three-of-six from the free-throw line. Kylie Morrissy led Troy in scoring with 16 points and six rebounds. The Trojans had 24 turnovers to the Tigers' 14.
"Our press was really effective tonight, and it created a lot of turnovers that we turned into points," Fortner said. "We will continue to work on that because we have to use our speed in pressing."
Auburn will be back in action on Nov. 17, to face the UAB Blazers in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.auburntigers.com or at the Auburn Athletics Ticket Office.