Auburn vs. Ole Miss Game Notes
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The Auburn women's basketball team concluded 2006 on a high, winning the Miami Holiday Tournament and moved to 13-3 on the year. The Tigers defeated host Miami on Dec. 29, 79-61, for the championship title. Whitney Boddie was placed on the All-Tournament team and DeWanna Bonner was voted MVP for the second time this season. The team championship marked the second for Auburn this season as the Tigers won the Nugget Classic in November and it marked the first time since 2002-03 Auburn has won two tournaments in the same year (not SEC or post-season).
The Tigers moved four places after the victory over Miami to 28th in the latest RPI with a rating of .6196 and is one spot off of its highest ranking of the season.
Bonner, the SEC Player of the Week, leads Auburn on both sides of the game as she averages 15.9 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. Bonner has been the leading scorer in eight of the 14 games she has played in this year and has turned in seven double-doubles. Sherell Hobbs is the only other player registering in double digits in scoring as she puts up 11.1 points a game. Junior Tamela McCorvey continues to inch her way up to double figures and now averages 9.8 points a game.
On defense, sophomore KeKe Carrier averages a SEC best 2.69 blocks a game, good enough for 16th in the NCAA. Carrier also grabs 6.0 rebounds a game.
The Tigers are shooting 46 percent from the field and are 38 percent accurate from the arc. Auburn is making 65.9 percent of its free throws while outrebounding its opponents by a 9.2 margin (21st in the NCAA). As a team Auburn is averaging 6.1 blocks a game, good enough for 10th in the nation.
Scouting Ole Miss
Ole Miss defeated Nicholls State on Jan. 2, 87-50, to close out the non-conference schedule. The Rebels, 11-4, are averaging a SEC best 83.1 points a game (third in the NCAA) and have scored over 90 points six times this season. The Rebels concluded 2006 at the Tulane DoubleTree Classic and posted a 1-1 ledger at the tournament, defeating Fordham (99-43) and losing to UT-Arlington (55-66).
Senior guard Armintie Price, a Preseason All-American selection, leads the Rebels with 19.2 point a game while turning in 8.0 rebounds per contest. Price leads the conference in scoring and steals (4.15 spg) and is fourth in the NCAA in steals and is 20th in points per game. As a junior Price, a Wade Trophy Player of the Year candidate, led Ole Miss in scoring (17.7), rebounding (9.6), steals (3.4) and assists (3.4) and was one of just three players in the NCAA to lead her team in those four categories.
Senior Jada Mincy leads the team with 8.2 rebounds a game, good enough for sixth in the SEC. Sophomore Shawn Goff averages 1.4 blocks a game while senior Ashley Awkward grabs 2.2 steals a game. Freshman Alliesha Easley and sophomore Shawn Goff join Price as the only other players who average is in double figures , 10.6 and 10.4, respectively.
Head coach Carol Ross is in her fourth season at Ole Miss, owning a 64-43 record. Ole Miss returned four starters from the 2005-06 squad that went 17-14, including a trip to the second round of the WNIT.
Auburn leads the all-time series 24-19 but has lost the last two meetings with Ole Miss. The Tigers hold the advantage in Auburn, 12-6, and in Oxford, 9-8, while the neutral record is tied at four-all. In the last 10 contests, Auburn has won six.
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