Nov. 29, 2005
AUBURN - Freshmen KeKe Carrier and DeWanna Bonner combined for 42 points to lead the Auburn women's basketball team to a 90-71 victory over Jacksonville State Tuesday night at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Auburn opened the second half with 12 unanswered points to open a 61-36 lead and never looked back.
"You always wanted to start the half strong, which is something we hadn't done yet this year," head coach Nell Fortner said. "It's important for our players to see how we need to start the second half."
Four Tigers scored in double figures, including Carrier, who was Auburn's leading scorer with a career-high 22 points while tying her career best with 10 rebounds for her second career double-double. Bonner also had a career high with 20 points, while Marita Payne registered a double-double of her own, tallying 15 points and 10 rebounds. Not since March 21, 2004, have two Auburn players recorded double-doubles in the same game. Whitney Boddie was the fourth double-digit scorer, tallying 10 points and seven assists for the Tigers.
Auburn had a strong inside presence throughout the game, scoring 52 points in the paint against just 18 from Jacksonville State. The Tigers also outrebounded the Gamecocks 38 to 23, with 19 rebounds coming on the offensive end of the floor, leading to 20 second-chance points for Auburn.
Rebecca Haynes and Anne-Marie Healy were leading scorers for the Gamecocks, each scoring 16 points, with 22 of their 32 points coming in the second half.
The Tigers led by only six points at 31-25 with 9:23 left in the first half before going on a 14-4 run to open a 16-point lead. Auburn's largest lead was 30 points at 85-55 after an Alexis Ogubie layup with 7:39 remaining in the game.
Nitasha Brown had a career-best eight assists and added seven points for Auburn, which dished out 26 assists against just 14 turnovers. The Tigers also shot a season-best 56.9 percent from the field, connecting on 37-of-65 shots.
The win moves Auburn to 4-2 on the season and makes the all-time series record between the two schools 11-1 in the Tigers' favor. It is also Auburn's 37th straight home win in the month of November, dating back to Nov. 24, 1991, a 73-49 loss to Northwestern.