Nov. 22, 2005
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Marita Payne tallied her second straight double-double and Nitasha Brown led all scorers with 16 points, while tying a career high with seven assists as Auburn (2-1) defeated Buffalo (0-3) 70-41 on Tuesday evening at Alumni Arena.
"I thought we played hard," head coach Nell Fortner said. "It wasn't always pretty, but they played hard. It is good to rebound from a loss like we did. Everyone contributed and it was a good all-around effort."
After taking a 33-18 lead into the locker room, the Tigers sprinted out of the blocks in the second half by piecing together a 19-6 run to put the game out of reach.
The Tigers used a suffocating defense that limited Buffalo to just 13 field goals on 24.5 percent shooting. Auburn continued to build its lead in the second half as they held the Bulls scoreless for over seven minutes (15:55-8:30).
The Bulls could not keep pace with the Tigers, who shot 51.7 percent from the field and overmatched the Bulls down low by scoring 36 of their 70 points from inside the paint.
Payne led the way down low for the Tigers by notching her 10th career double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Payne played well on offense, but it was her defense on Buffalo's Heather Turner that nullified the Bulls' offensive attack. Turner entered the game averaging a team-high 15.5 points per game, but Payne held her scoreless. The Melbourne, Australia, native controlled the paint by blocking five shots.
Freshman DeWanna Bonner also finished with 14 points, while collecting eight rebounds and six assists in the win.
Buffalo's Brooke Meunier was the only member of the Bulls in double figures, finishing with 13 after scoring 12 in the first half.
Up next for the Tigers is a trip to Durham, N.C., to take on George Mason in the first round of the Duke Classic on Friday.