Dec. 7, 2005
AUBURN - The Auburn Women's Basketball team (5-4) got off to another fast start Wednesday night, making their first five field goals en route to a 78-49 win over Western Carolina (0-6). The Tigers opened the game with 7-0 run and never saw their lead shrink below six points.
Two Auburn freshmen split game-high scoring honors with Whitney Boddie and DeWanna Bonner, each scoring 16 points. It was Bonner's sixth double-digit scoring effort of the season and a career high for Boddie. Nitasha Brown and Alexis Ogubie added 10 points apiece, giving the Tigers four players in double figures for the fourth time this season.
Auburn outscored Western Carolina in transition 16-2, a season high for the Tigers. Those points contributed to a season-best 46 points in the paint and a 55.6 field goal percentage for the game. Western Carolina had 10 points in the paint and shot just 20.3 percent from the field.
"I am pleased with our shooting tonight," Auburn Head Coach Nell Fortner said. "It was a good thing that we shot well, because we have so much room to improve defensively."
Freshman KeKe Carrier was a presence in the paint for the Tigers with six blocks and five rebounds in 11 minutes. The rest of the Tigers struggled on the defensive end of the floor, however, allowing the Catamounts to amass 26 offensive rebounds, including six to start the game, versus none for the Tigers.
"We gave up too many boards," Fortner added. "When you give up 26 offensive rebounds and have 20 turnovers, it doesn't make me happy. But anytime you get can get a win, that's a good thing."
Auburn took a 38-24 lead to the locker room at intermission, but put the Catamounts away with a 10-0 run early in the second half. On the strength of 60.9 percent shooting, Auburn increased its lead to as much as 32 in the second half.
Monique Dawson was the leading scorer for the Catamounts and the only player to score in double digits. Her 14 points came from just 4-of-15 shooting, with 7 of her 14 points coming from the free-throw line.
Freshman Chantelle Blakely saw action for the first time this season, after sitting out the first eight games of the season with an injury. Sophomore Aileen Roussow made her first career start for the Tigers, scoring eight points and pulling down six rebounds in 21 minutes.
Auburn has a 10-day break for final exams before hosting Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.