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DeWanna Bonner Scores Career High 31 To Help Lead Auburn To A 93-66 Victory Over UAB

Nov. 17, 2007

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AUBURN - DeWanna Bonner scored a career-high 31 points to help lead the Auburn Tigers to a 93-66 victory over the UAB Blazers Saturday afternoon at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Auburn had four players score double-digits as it improved to 3-0 with victory. With the loss, UAB dropped to 1-2 on the season.

"It's always nice to win," Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said. "I am pleased with how our offense is going and how we are pushing the ball, but we have to cut down on the turnovers."

To go with her 31points, Bonner also pulled down 12 rebounds to record her 18th-career double-double. Bonner's scoring effort marked the first time an Auburn player went over 30 points since Natasha Brackett scored 32 on Feb. 17, 2005 at Alabama.

"DeWanna is a great player and you want her to adapt to the offense," Fortner added. "She can do so many things because she is such a versatile player."

Alli Smalley added 20 points on 8-10 shooting, including four of six from behind the three point arc. Sherell Hobbs chipped in 12 points, while Whitney Boddie added 10 points.

The Tigers shot 52 percent for the game, hitting 32 of 61 shots from the field. Auburn out rebounded the Blazers 43-27, including an 18-7 margin on the offensive glass.

With the Tigers trailing 9-8 at the 15:16 mark in the first half, Smalley hit a three-pointer to give Auburn an 11-9 lead. It was a lead the Tigers would not relinquish.

The Tigers went on a 22-8 run over the next eight mintues to take a 30-17 lead with 7:06 left in the half. Auburn's defense would surrender only 10 points during the final seven minutes of the half as the Tigers took a commanding 45-27 lead into halftime.

The Tigers shot 54 percent (18-33) from the field in the first half, including hitting three of six from behind the arc. Auburn also had seven steals in the half and held a 24-15 edge on the glass.

In the second half, the Tigers opened their lead up to 55-37 at the 15:22 mark after a free throw by Bonner. From there, UAB went on a 16-10 run to close to 67-53 with 9:07 left in the game.

The Tigers responded, however, with a three-pointer from Tamela McCorvey and a layup by Sherell Hobbs to push the lead to 72-55 with 7:47 left in the game. Bonner would add a layup, as part of her 16 second-half points, to push the Auburn lead to 81-60 at the 5:06 mark.

Auburn's defense flexed its muscle during the final seven minutes of the game, holding UAB to 11 points. The Tigers held the Blazers to 43 percent (24-55) shooting for the game, including 26 percent (5-19) from three-point range.

The Tigers hit the road for their next game. Auburn travels to Michigan for a Nov. 21 game against Oakland. Tip for that game is set for 5 p.m. CT.

Auburn Game Notes

- Bonner's 31 points marked a career high and the first time an AU player scored 30 points or more since Natasha Brackett scored 32 on Feb. 17, 2005 at Alabama.

- DeWanna Bonner's 31 points marked the 13th time in her career she scored 20 points or more

- Bonner also notched her 18th career double-double with here 31 point, 12 rebound performance

- With the win, Auburn improved to 34-11 against non-conference teams under head coach Nell Fortner. The Tigers also moved to 17-2 mark against non-SEC foes in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum

- The Tigers ran their record to 84-16 all-time in the month of November

- Auburn's win ran its record against Conference-USA teams to 40-7 all-time and 28-4 against the Blazers.



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