Nov. 26, 2005
DURHAM, N.C. - The Auburn women`s basketball team (3-1) went on a 7-0 run to start the second half, leading the Tigers to a 77-36 victory over George Mason (2-1) in the first round of the Duke Classic.
"That run to start the second half was really important for us," head coach Nell Fortner said. "Our scoring was pretty balanced today and we kept up our intensity throughout the second half. We are getting better every game."
Auburn had four players in double figures including freshman DeWanna Bonner, who led the team with 14 points, while adding five rebounds. Other players in double figures were Alexis Ogubie, who tied her career-high with 13 points, and Marita Payne and Whitney Boddie each contributed 11 points on the day.
Tacey Ann Holness was the lone player from George Mason to score in double figures, finishing the game with 13. Holness scored all of those points in the first half, as Auburn held her to just one shot in the second half.
Auburn's bench had a productive day, giving the Tigers 30 points to George Mason's four. From the field, Auburn shot 43.9 percent, holding the Patriots to just 27.8 on 15-of-54 shooting.
The Tigers beat the Patriots at their own game as Auburn was 21-of-28 from the line, while George Mason was just 1-of-7. On the year, GMU had scored over 31 percent of its points from the free throw line.
Heading into the half, Auburn led 32-19 after finishing off the first on a 13-4 run. The Tigers added to the lead on a 7-0 run to start the second half. Auburn's largest lead of the day was the final margin of 41 points.
Auburn advances to the championship game of the Duke Classic to face No. 1-ranked Duke at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday. Fans can listen to the action live on WKKR 97.7 FM or keep up with live scoring at www.goduke.com.