Dec. 4, 2005
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -
The Auburn women's basketball team (4-4) shot 70 percent from the field in the first half, but could not hold on as Chattanooga (4-3) defeated the Tigers, 72-59, Sunday evening at McKenzie Arena.
The Tigers had seven turnovers in the first 4:06 of the game, giving Chattanooga an early 11 point lead. Nitasha Brown put Auburn back in the game on a three-pointer at 6:00 remaining in the first half to pull the Tigers within three at 23-20. Sherell Hobbs gave Auburn the 26-25 lead on back-to-back shots with 1:30 remaining.
Chattanooga's scoring drought from 5:13 to :44 in the first half allowed the Tigers to take a 30-27 lead into the lockerroom, shooting a season-best 70 percent from the field.
In the second half, the Lady Mocs came out quick on a three-point play by Alex Anderson. Auburn fought back, holding as much as a five point lead with 13:58 remaining in the game. Chattanooga went on a 15-2 run mid-way through the second half, however, giving UTC a comfortable 61-51 lead that it would not relinquish.
Auburn shot 51 percent from the field, but suffered 17 turnovers and was out-rebounded 31-to-26. The Tigers were led by senior guard Nitasha Brown with 18 points, followed by freshman Whitney Boddie, who scored a career-best 15.
For the Lady Mocs, Tiffany Roberson led with 20 points, followed by Nicole Mattison with 18 points and Anderson with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Auburn returns to the court Wednesday, Dec. 7 vs. Western Carolina. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.