Dec. 17, 2005
AUBURN - Auburn's 65-55 win over Louisiana-Lafayette was a game of runs, the longest of which was a 22-4 run by the Tigers to open the second half on their way to the 10-point victory over the Ragin' Cajuns.
DeWanna Bonner and Nitasha Brown hit consecutive three-pointers during the stretch that helped increase Auburn's lead to 12. By the end of the run, the Tigers had a 20 point lead at 54-34 and had taken nine minutes off the clock. The Tigers' defense held strong, keeping Louisiana-Lafayette scoreless from the 17:07 mark to the 10:49 mark.
The Ragin Cajun's responded with a 17-2 run of their own to cut the lead to five at 56-51 with four minutes remaining in the game. Auburn answered with a 3-point play by senior Whitney Boddie and finished the game on a 9-3 run.
"Their run was a flashback to the Xavier game for us," head coach Nell Fortner said. "We had some quick shots that didn't fall and we became unsure of ourselves. They hung in their and won the game and that is the important thing."
Boddie and fellow senior Nitasha Brown were leading scorers for the Tigers, each scoring 18 points. The mark was a career high for Boddie and a season high for Brown. Brown's four 3-pointers also tied a career-high, with an equal effort coming Nov. 22 against Buffalo.
Whitney Boddie also had career highs with five steals and eight rebounds while senior Marita Payne's three blocks give her 300 for her career, making her only the fourth player in Southeastern Conference history to reach the mark.
Louisiana-Lafayette's Yolanda Jones was the game's high scorer, tallying 19 points on 7-of-25 shooting. The Ragin' Cajuns shot just 30.8 percent from the field for the game and 20 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
The Tigers started the game cold, missing their first four field goals while Louisiana-Lafayette amassed a 5-0 lead. Auburn responded with a 14-3 run of its own to take a 6-point lead at 14-8 with 10:12 remaining in the half. The teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the first half with Auburn taking a 32-28 lead into the lockerroom at the half.
The Tigers have played their last home game of the year. They travel to Furman Dec. 20 for a 6 p.m. CT contest before an eight-day break for Christmas. Following the break, Auburn travels to San Diego State for the San Diego Surf `n Slam Tournament on Dec. 28 and 30 before returning home on Jan. 4 to take on 3rd-ranked LSU at 8 p.m. CT.