No. 9 Tigers Cap Off Non-Conference Slate At Home Against Stephen F. Austin

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Jan. 2, 2009

Stephen F. Austin Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

AUBURN - The No. 9 Auburn women's basketball team, riding a perfect 14-0 start to the season, returns home for the first time in nearly a month Saturday as the Tigers prepare to play Stephen F. Austin (5-6). Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. at the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum with the game serving as the opening of an Auburn basketball doubleheader. The Tiger men's team (9-4) will follow at 5 p.m. against Tulane (6-6).

Auburn's women, off to their best start in 20 years, return to their home court for the first time since playing Sam Houston State on Dec. 5. The Tigers broke the school record for points in a game against the Bearkats, tallying 119 in the blowout win.

"It is really nice to be at home, being able to spend New Years here and getting to play our last game before conference play at home," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "It is nice to get to sleep in your own bed and be in the confines of your home court with your fans, so we are really looking forward to playing at home."

The game against the Ladyjacks will be just the fifth home game of the season for Auburn with the other 10 non-conference games coming either on the road or at tournaments. The Tigers' other home opponents have been Temple, Ohio State, North Carolina A&T and Sam Houston State.

Off to the best start of her career, Fortner is excited about the way her team is playing after winning its second tournament title of the season at the Miami Holiday Tournament.

"I think our guard play is as good as anyone's right now," said Fortner. "Whitney Boddie has been a tremendous floor general and also scoring the ball, and Alli Smalley has just found a rhythm and it is nice to see that, she is playing as well as she ever has during her time at Auburn.

"I think that the gelling that is happening right now is what you want to happen during your preseason, so I feel good about where we are right now."

Rattling off 14-straight wins to open the season, the Tigers are in an exclusive club as one of only six undefeated teams remaining in NCAA Division I women's basketball. The others are Connecticut, Kansas State, North Carolina, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.

Facing Stephen F. Austin will be familiar territory for Fortner as she started her collegiate coaching career with the Ladyjacks as an assistant coach from 1986-90. During that time, SFA tallied a 112-18 record and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. Spending part of that time as a graduate assistant, Fortner was recently named a SFASU Distinguished Alum.

"Stephen F. Austin gave me my starting point in college basketball and I have been forever grateful for that," said Fortner. While there as an assistant, she coached under Gary Blair, the current head coach at Texas A&M.

Stephen F. Austin returns nine letterwinners and four starters from last season's team that went 12-17 and finished with a 9-7 mark in the Southland Conference. The Ladyjacks are under the direction of eighth-year head coach Lee Ann Riley, who has a 252-155 career record, including a 121-97 mark as SFA's head coach. The Ladyjacks were a near-unanimous selection to win the Southland Conference East Division, picking up 11 of 12 first-place votes.

Stephen F. Austin is 5-6 so far this season with wins over Prairie View A&M, Houston Baptist, Tulsa, Jacksonville State and New Orleans. The Ladyjacks are currently on a two-game losing streak, dropping its last two games to Missouri State (82-63) and San Francisco (70-59).

Leading the team so far this season is senior guard Natashia Green, who is averaging a team-best 10.0 points per game while coming off the bench in all 11 games. Behind her is freshman guard Tammara Marion with her 9.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Junoir forward Whitney Cormier is the top rebounder, averaging 4.8 per game while sophomore guard Ebony Alexander runs the offense with a team-best 3.6 assists per game.

As a team, Stephen F. Austin is shooting 37.3 percent from the field, including 32.3 percent from beyond the arc. They average losing by 7.3 points per game and get out-rebounded their opponents by 2.1 per game.

As for the style of play expected out of the Ladyjacks, Fortner is looking for a fast-paced, pressure-filled afternoon.

"I expect them to press, they get after you and play a lot of people," said Fortner. "They will put a lot of defensive pressure on us and try to disrupt us, so we will have to be ready for that."

The LadyJacks are averaging 10 steals per game so far this season with 12 of the 13 players on the roster averaging five or more minutes per game.

Tickets are still available for Saturday's game against the Ladyjacks, as well as women's basketball season tickets. Individual packages are $50, while the family plan, which includes four tickets, is $150. Regular season single-game tickets are $5 and Auburn students are allowed in for free. Groups of 20 or more can purchase in advance for a discounted price of $2 per ticket. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for Saturday's game and fans that have a ticket for the men's game against Tulane can get in for free.

For more information, please call the Athletic Department ticket office at 1-800-AUB-1957 or visit www.auburntigers.com.

For fans that cannot make it to the game GameTracker will be available at www.AuburnTigers.com. Tiger fans can listen to the game live on WMXA 96.7 FM with play-by-play from Andy Burcham and color commentary from Arnika Edwards. Audio Webcasts will also be available at www.AuburnTigers.com.

GAME NOTES

QUICK HITS
Auburn is in its 38th season of women's basketball and sports an all-time record of 749-325... AU has made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances, two WNIT appearances and three Final Fours in the program's history... Head Coach Nell Fortner is in her fifth season at Auburn with a 102-64 career record and an 85-53 record on the Plains... The Tigers are coming off a 20-12 season in 2007-08 with their firs NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004.

SCOUTING AUBURN
Auburn is returning home for the first time in a month and is off to its best start in 20 years as the Tigers enter with a 14-0 record. Big wins in the first half of the season include No. 17 Ohio State, Temple, George Washington, North Carolina State and Duquesne - all RPI Top-100 teams.

The Tigers have a 22.8-point average margin of victory in the 14 games so far this season, led by SEC Preseason Player of the Year DeWanna Bonner with her SEC-best 18.9 points per game. Auburn has scored more than 90 points in five games while clearing the 60-point barrier in all 14. The Tigers are coming off their second tournament win of the season, winning the Miami Holiday Classic with wins over Duquesne (87-67) and host Miami (68-53). Three different Tigers are currently averaging double-digit points while eight of the 10 active players are averaging more than four points per game.

Senior point guard Whitney Boddie is coming off a big outing in Miami, averaging 11.5 points, 10.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds in the two games, good enough for tournament MVP honors. Also playing well recently is sophomore guard Alli Smalley as she has averaged 19.0 points in the last three games on 11-of-15 shooting from beyond the arc.

SCOUTING STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Stephen F. Austin returns nine letterwinners and four starters from last season's team that went 12-17 and finished with a 9-7 mark in the Southland Conference. The Ladyjacks are under the direction of eighth-year head coach Lee Ann Riley, who has a 252-155 career record, including a 121-97 mark as SFASU's head coach. The Ladyjacks were a near-unanimous selection to win the Southland Conference East Division, picking up 11 of 12 first-place votes.

Stephen F. Austin is 5-6 so far this season with wins over Prairie View A&M, Houston Baptist, Tulsa, Jacksonville State and New Orleans. The Ladyjacks are currently on a two-game losing streak, dropping its last two games to Missouri State (82-63) and San Francisco (70-59).

Leading the team so far this season is senior guard Natashia Green, who is averaging a team-best 10.0 points per game while coming off the bench in all 11 games. Behind her is freshman guard Tammara Marion with her 9.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Junoir forward Whitney Cormier is the top rebounder, averaging 4.8 per game while sophomore guard Ebony Alexander runs the offense with a team-best 3.6 assists per game.

As a team, Stephen F. Austin is shooting 37.3 percent from the field, including 32.3 percent from beyond the arc. They average losing by 7.3 points per game and get out-rebounded their opponents by 2.1 per game.

AUBURN-STEPHEN F. AUSTIN SERIES
This will be the fourth meeting between Auburn and Stephen F. Austin with Auburn holding a 3-1 series advantage. The Tigers are also winners of the last three meetings. This will be the first meeting in Auburn since the teams played on Jan. 14, 1984 with Auburn pulling out an 85-61 win.

LAST TIME VS. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
DeWanna Bonner had 17 points and 17 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season to lead Auburn to a 61-49 win over Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 17, 2007. Alli Smalley added 14 points for the Tigers who improved to 10-1 on the season with the win. Bonner, who set a season-high for rebounds, hit 7-of-17 from the floor two nights after going just 3-for-12 against the Aggies. Jordan Greenleaf and Trevesha Jackson both added 10 for Auburn.

Nikki Carr and Whitney Cormier each scored 15 points for SFA, which scored only 16 points in the first half.

Nell Fortner VS. LEE ANN RILEY
This will be the second meeting between Auburn head coach Nell Fortner and Stephen F. Austin's Lee Ann Riley with Fortner holding the 1-0 advantage after last season's 61-49 win. Fortner is in her fifth season at Auburn and sixth overall as a collegiate head coach, holding a 102-64 career record. Riley is in her eighth season at Stephen F. Austin, 14th overall as a collegiate head coach, and owns a 252-155 career record and a 121-96 record as SFA's head coach.

LAST TIME OUT FOR STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
Despite outshooting, and out-rebounding San Francisco, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks dropped a 70-59 decision to Dons in the final game of the Cancun Caribbean Classic on Dec. 20.

The Ladyjacks finished the game with three players in double figures led by senior Natashia Green's 14 points. Sophomore Antoinette Davis scored 12 points, and pulled down five rebounds, while freshman Amina Sawyer recorded her first career double-double. She finished the game with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Ladyjacks were also hurt by turnovers. SFA turned the ball over 20 times, which San Francisco converted into 18 points. The Ladyjacks were only able to force USF into 11 turnovers, which they cashed in for only seven points. The SFA bench was strong once again, outscoring the Dons' reserves. The Ladyjacks recorded a 24-point advantage in bench scoring, 36-12.

LAST TIME OUT FOR AUBURN
Auburn women's basketball head coach Nell Fortner has stressed the importance of winning championships throughout a season in order to be successful at the end of the season. Her team took another one of those steps Dec. 30 as the No. 9 Tigers downed Miami, 68-53, to win the Miami Holiday Tournament. The tournament win is the second of the season as Auburn also won the Florida International Thanksgiving Classic.

Auburn trailed at the half for just the second time this season, going into the locker room at halftime down 32-30. But, the Tigers put together a 38-21 second half en route to the 15-point win.

DeWanna Bonner led Auburn with 18 points and eight rebounds, but it was senior point guard Whitney Boddie stepping up big as well with nine points, nine rebounds, eight assists and five steals. Her rebound, assist and steal totals were all game-highs.

For her efforts in the two tournament games, Boddie was named the Miami Holiday Tournament MVP. For the tournament, she nearly averaged a triple-double with 11.5 points, 10.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game. Other Tigers on the all-tournament team were Bonner and sophomore guard Alli Smalley.

The tournament win also marked the third time in a row for Auburn to win the Miami Holiday Tournament. The Tigers also won the tournament title in 2006, with Bonner earning MVP honors, and in 1988. Auburn also improves to 14-0 for just the fourth time in school history.

AGAINST THE SOUTHLAND
Auburn holds a 13-1 mark over teams from the Southland, after picking up a win over Sam Houston State (119-54) earlier this season. The lone loss to a Southland team came at the hands of Stephen F. Austin in the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 14, 1983. The Ladyjacks pulled out the 59-56 win over SFA at the Clemson Lady Tiger Invitational.

FACING THE LONE STAR STATE
Auburn holds a 23-3 record when facing teams from the state of Texas. The three losses have come against Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. The most recent was a 62-60 loss to Texas A&M last season. The most recent win was a 119-54 win over Sam Houston State in Auburn's last home game.

THE FORTNER-STEPHEN F. AUSTIN CONNECTION
Auburn head coach Nell Fortner is very familiar with the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack basketball program, having spent four seasons in Nacogdoches, Texas from 1986 to 1990. Fortner started her career as a graduate assistant under former Ladyjack head coach Gary Blair during the 1986-87 season. She was promoted to full-time assistant coach during her final three seasons. During her time in Nacogdoches, SFA won no fewer than 25 games in a season, recorded three Southland Conference Championships, three top-20 finishes and one top-10 finish, made three NCAA Championship appearances and one WNIT appearance. SFA went 112-18 (.862) during Fortner's four seasons on campus.

The position was Fortner's first as a collegiate coach. From there she moved down the road to an assistant coach position at national powerhouse Louisiana Tech.

NEXT UP FOR THE TIGERS
Auburn hits the road to open SEC play, traveling to Columbia, S.C., for a 6 p.m. CT, Jan. 8 matchup with South Carolina.

LEAVING HOME
The Dec. 5 game against Sam Houston State was Auburn's final home game of 2008. The Tigers hit the road to close out the calendar year and return to the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum Jan. 3 against Stephen F. Austin. The game is a doubleleader with the men's team following with a game against Tulane.

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
In Auburn's four home games this season, the Tigers have averaged scoring 99.0 points per game at home and average beating their opponents by 28.0 points per game.

AU defeated Temple, 95-76, in its home opener and followed up with an 87-80 overtime victory over then-No. 17 Ohio State. The Tigers then downed North Carolina A&T, 95-74 before scoring a school-record 119 points in a 119-54 win over Sam Houston State.

OUTSIDE THE LEAGUE
Nell Fortner has guided the Tigers to a 58-15 ledger in non-conference play. When playing in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, Fortner's teams have posted a 22-3 mark. The only three non-conference losses in BEMC came from Xavier on Dec. 2, 2005 (58-60), No. 2 Duke on Dec. 31, 2004 (61-80) and No. 20 George Washington on Jan. 3, 2008 (68-66).

HOME COOKIN'
Since a 77-70 loss to Virginia on Jan. 5, 1992, the Auburn Tigers have compiled a 118-5 record against nonconference opponents in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Overall, Auburn has a 332-65 record in its home facility for an 83.6 winning percentage.

14-0 AND COUNTING
Auburn has started its season with a perfect 14-0 record, marking the fourth time in the team's history, and first time under Nell Fortner, for the Tigers to start the season 14-0. AU last did it during the 1988-89 season, rattling off a perfect 28-win regular season. Auburn did not lose that season until facing Tennessee in the SEC Tournament.

HANDING OUT LOSSES
In each of Auburn's first four games of the season, the Tigers handed their opponent their first loss of the season. Alabama A&M was the season-opener, Temple entered its game with Auburn 1-0, Georgia Southern was 2-0 and Ohio State was 3-0.

SWEET HOME. . . MIAMI
With the completion of the Miami Holiday Classic, Auburn has played as many games in city of Miami as it has on its home court this season. After playing in the FIU Thanksgiving Classic, the Tigers added two games from the Miami Holiday Tournament for a total of four.

AU has played only four home games this season, coming against Temple, Ohio State, North Carolina A&T and Sam Houston State.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS NO. 100
Auburn head coach Nell Fortner got a nice gift before the team broke for the Holidays. AU's 74-46 win at Coppin State on Dec. 21 was the 100th of her six-season career as a collegiate head coach. Five of Fortner's six seasons have come at Auburn with 17 of the wins coming from her one-year stint at Purdue. She will be recognized for reaching the mark prior to Auburn's Jan. 11 game against Florida.

AGAINST THE RANKED
Auburn holds a 1-0 record against teams ranked in the top-25 this season after its 87-80 overtime win over No. 17 Ohio State. Auburn is now 85-144 all-time against ranked teams and 48-45 when playing at home.

ROAD WARRIORS
The Auburn women's basketball team is logging some miles in the early part of the season as the Dec. 5 game against Sam Houston State was only the fourth home game among the first nine games of the season. Out of 15 non-conference games on the schedule, only five will be played at the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

NATIONAL LEADERS
Three Tigers are currently ranked in the top-25 in the nation in a statistical category. Senior point guard Whitney Boddie is at the top of the list as she is ranked fifth in the nation in assists per game with 7.4. She also has one of the best assist-to-turnover ratios in the country, ranking third at 2.9. SEC Preseason Player of the Year DeWanna Bonner is also in the rankings, coming in at 18th in the nation in scoring with 19.5 points per game. Sophomore guard Alli Smalley is one of the top 3-point shooters in the country, ranking 21st with a .459 3-point shooting percentage.

As a team, Auburn is ranked in the top 20 in the nation in seven categories. The Tigers are seventh in scoring (81.8), sixth in field goal percentage (47.1), eighth in scoring margin (+23.7), eighth turnover margin (+7.3), 12th in steals per game (12.7), 18th in personal fouls per game (14.6) and 19th in assist-to-turnover ration (1.05). The Tigers would hold the top spot in the country in 3-point shooting, knocking down 44.3 percent, but AU's 47 3-pointers fall one short of the minimum (48) to make the list.

GETTING THEIR SECOND WIND
One of the areas Auburn head coach Nell Fortner stressed in the off-season was conditioning and being able to out-last teams down the stretch. It has paid off as Auburn has dominated teams in the second half, averaging 13.7 points per game more in the second half.

On five occasions, the Tigers have turned a narrow or non-existant halftime lead into a blowout. Against Temple, AU was up by three at the break, but eneded with a 19-point victory. A halftime tie at UAB resulted in a 29-point Tiger win and a three-point advantage over North Carolina A&T at the half resulted in a 21-point victory. Auburn took a one-point halftime deficit at Liberty and turned it into an 11-point win. Most recently, the Tigers took a two-point halftime deficit at Miami and turned it into a 15-point win. In all, Auburn has scored 570 second-half points, compared to 405 from its opponents.

DROPPING THE BANNER
Prior to the Nov. 23 87-80 overtime win over Ohio State, the Auburn women's basketball team dropped its NCAA Tournament banner from last seaosn. The Tigers went 20-12 during the 2007-08 campaign, making its first NCAA Tournament since 2004.

IN THE RANKINGS
The Auburn women's basketball team is in its seventh week of the season ranked in both the AP Top-25 poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top-25 poll. The Tigers are currently ranked ninth in the AP poll and 10th in the coaches poll. AU has been ranked ninth in the AP poll a total of 13 weeks since 1980 with the last coming on Dec. 18, 2000.

BREAKING INTO THE TOP-10
After breaking into the top-10 in the Dec. 15/16 polls, the Auburn women's basketball team entered an area it had not been in for quite a while. The last time Auburn was ranked in the top 10 was Dec. 18, 2000 when the Tigers earned a No. 9 ranking with a 10-0 record.

In all, this will be Auburn's 13th week all-time to be ranked No. 9. The last time AU was ranked 9th in the nation was Dec. 18, 2000 after the Tigers improved to 10-0 on the season.

LIGHTING UP THE BOARD
Auburn's 95-76 win over Temple was the second game in a row to score 90 or more points, something the team has not done since scoring 95 and 103 points against Alabama A&M and Northwestern State, respectively, on Dec. 29 and 30, 2003. Auburn did it for a second time this season, this time in back-to-back home games, scoring 95 points against North Carolina A&T and following it up with a school-record 119 points against Sam Houston State.

Prior to the record amount of 119 points, the 95 points were tied for the second-most scored in the Nell Fortner era, coming in behind a 99-point effort last season against Colgate (Dec. 5, 2007) and tied with a 95-point outing vs. Western Michigan (Nov. 25, 2006).

SETTING THE MARK
With Auburn's 119 points in the 119-54 win against Sam Houston State on Dec. 5, the Tigers set a new Auburn record for points in a game. It broke a 22-year-old record of 116 points, set on Dec. 2, 1986 (before anyone currently on the Auburn roster was born) with a 116-56 victory over Alabama State.

Auburn's 62 first-half points against Sam Houston State also came one point shy of the school record for first-half points. The record total of 63 points was set on Jan. 17, 1987 against Florida Southern.

SPREADING THE GAP
The 65-point victory over Sam Houston State (119-54) is the 12th-largest margin of victory ever at Auburn. It is biggest in the Nell Fortner era and the most since the Tigers downed Alabama A&M by 67 (95-28) on Dec. 29, 2003.

TRIPLE IT
Senior point guard Whitney Boddie picked up the first triple-double of her career during the Dec. 5, 119-54 win over Sam Houston State. She posted 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the game.

She becomes just the second Auburn player ever, on either the men's or women's teams, to earn a triple double. The only other player to ever reach the feat was Marita Payne on Feb. 3, 2005 vs. Arkansas with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 13 blocks.

HITTING 100
Auburn broke the 100-point barrier for the first time under head coach Nell Fortner in the team's 119-54 win over Sam Houston State. The last time AU broke 100 points was on Dec. 30, 2003 with a 103-52 win against Northwestern State.

CHASING THE RECORD
Auburn senior DeWanna Bonner is within reach of Auburn's all-time scoring record and could hit the mark during the regular season. Currently holding 1,711 career points, Bonner is chasing down Becky Jackson (1980-84) and her 2,068 career points. Needing 357 points to tie Jackson, Bonner would need to average 23.8 points per game in the remaining 15 games on the schedule.

Making postseason play would make the feat easier as the average drops almost an entire point per game for each SEC or NCAA Tournament game the Tigers play.

AUBURN VS. THE STATE
Auburn is 206-54 all-time versus school's in the state of Alabama. Of the 54 losses, 32 have come to Alabama, but Auburn still holds the all-time advantage 36- 32. Nell Fortner is 12-1 all-time versus schools in the state, with the only loss coming to Alabama Jan. 8, 2006 (54-68). The Tigers are 2-0 so far this season with wins over Alabama A&M and UAB.

ON THIS DATE. . .
When playing on Jan. 3, Auburn has a 9-1 all-time record. The last time AU played on Jan. 3 was last season when the Tigers picked up the lone loss on the date, falling to George Washington, 68-66.

IN JANUARY
Auburn is 171-89 all-time in the month of January, including an 8-18 mark under Nell Fortner (records begin in 1978-79 season, not all dates provided prior to or during that season).

OFFENSE WINS GAMES
Auburn is 58-1 when scoring 70 or more points in the Nell Fortner era. The only time Auburn has lost when scoring at least 70 points was on Jan. 20, 2005 vs. No. 7 Tennessee, 71-81. When scoring less than 70 points, Auburn is 23-52 during the Fortner era.

TALLYING THE POINTS
With Auburn's 119 points against Sam Houston State on Dec. 5, it marked the fifth time this season for the Tigers to break the 90-point barrier - a first for the Nell Fortner era and the first time for AU since the 1999-2000 season.

It marks just the sixth season since 1971 for Auburn to put up at least five 90-point games. The most for Auburn in a single season is 14 games, coming during the 1986-87 season.

CONFERENCE LEADERS
Three Tigers are currently leading the SEC in a statistical category this season. Senior DeWanna Bonner leads the conference in scoring with 18.9 points per game, edging out Vanderbilt's Christina Wirth and her 15.4 points. Fellow senior Whitney Boddie leads the SEC in assists with 7.8 per game, leading Ole Miss' Shantell Black (5.1) by two assists per game. Boddie also leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio with 102 total assists, compared to 33 turnovers.

Alli Smalley holds the top spot in the SEC in both 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made. She averages 2.5 per game while knocking down 48.6 percent of her attempts.

LAST OF THE UNBEATEN
Auburn is the last time in the SEC to hold an undefeated record after Mississippi State lost to Maryland earlier in the week.

The Tigers are also one of only six teams in NCAA Division I women's basketball that are still undefeated. Current undefeated teams are: Auburn (14-0), North Carolina (14-0), Connecticut (12-0), Kansas State (12-0), Texas A&M (11-0) and Wake Forest (12-0).

GETTING FREE BASKETBALL
Auburn's 87-80 overtime win over Ohio State was the Tigers' first overtime game in nearly two years. It is the first overtime game since defeating James Madison, 79-76, at the Miami Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28, 2006 and the first home overtime game since defeating Tulane, 75-64, on Jan. 5, 2002. Head coach Nell Fortner is now 2-2 all-time at Auburn in overtime games. Auburn is now 14-14 all-time in overtime games and 6-2 at home.

DEJA VU
Alli Smalley's four three-pointers against Temple tied her career high of three-pointers in a game. She last reached the mark exactly a year prior to the Temple game, hitting four against UAB on Nov. 17, 2007. Smalley went on to set a new career mark against Ohio State a week later with five.

JOIN THE CLUB
With her 29 points against Temple, senior DeWanna Bonner hit exactly 1,500 career points, making her just the eighth Auburn player ever to reach the plateau.

Bonner is also one of only four Auburn players ever to post 1,500 points and 750 rebounds in their careers. The others are Becky Jackson, Vickie Orr and Marianna Merritt. Orr was the last Tiger to make both lists, finishing her Auburn career in 1989.

Fellow senior Sherell Hobbs joined an exclusinve club of her own as she logged the 1,000th point of her career at Georgia Southern. She is one of only 24 Auburn players ever to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

RENEWING HER MEMBERSHIP
Senior Sherell Hobbs joined another prestigious group of Auburn players during the Tigers' 65-51 win at George Washington. Her six rebounds in the game gave her exactly 500 on her career, making her the 17th player all-time at Auburn to tally 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in her career.

TIGER THEIFS
Auburn's fast-paced offensive does not just result in more points, but overflows onto the defensive end as the Tigers have averaged 12.6 steals per game in their first 14 games, forcing 21.7 opponent turnovers per outing. AU has had double-digit steals in 11 of its 14 games. Three current Tigers are also ranked among the most prolific theifs all-time at Auburn. Sherell Hobbs ranks sixth with 209 career steals while DeWanna Bonner is ninth with 183. Whitney Boddie is chasing down the list as well with 153 steals, needing 17 more to make the list.

DANGEROUS TANDEM
After tallying the 1,000th point of her career at Georgia Southern, Sherell Hobbs joined fellow senior DeWanna Bonner on the list of 24 Auburn players that have reached the plateau.

It marks the sixth time ever for two 1,000-point scorers to be in the same class. The others are Debra Larkin & Brenda Hill (Class of 1985), Mae Ola Bolton & Sharon Stewart (Class of 1988), Vickie Orr & Ruthie Bolton (Class of 1989), Monique Morehouse & Samantha Williams (Class of 1996) and Conswella Sparrow & Tiffany Krantz (Class of 2000).

LOOKING AHEAD. . . BRACKETOLOGY
Fresh off the team's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004 last season, the nationally-ranked Auburn Tigers are currently picked by ESPN's Charlie Creme to be a No. 3 seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament in his Dec. 23 version of Bracketology. In the season-opening, Nov. 7, version of Bracketology, Auburn was picked as a No. 7 seed.

Creme has the Tigers projected to play 14-seed Maryland-Baltimore County in Iowa City, Iowa. The winner would take on the winner of (6) Pittsburgh-(11) Iowa, according to his prognostication. Auburn is one of five SEC teams he has predicted for the tournament, including Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Mississippi State. Creme also picks Auburn to win the SEC's automatic bid to the tournament as the conference champion.

SISTER ACT
Once again this season, the Tigers roster boasts a pair of sisters in sophomore Reneisha Hobbs and senior Sherell Hobbs of Huntsville, Ala. Prior to last season, the last time an Auburn team featured sisters was 1988-89 when Mae Ola and Ruthie Bolton played together.

In Auburn's 91-62 win at UAB, Sherell and Reneisha not only played together in the game, but it marked the first time in their collegiate career that they both started in the game.

WALKING TALL
Fans this season will notice a large lineup for the Tigers - one that has an average height of 72.00 inches (or approximately 6-0). With 11 players on the roster, six are 6-0 and above.

SWEET HOME ALABAMA
The 2008-09 roster includes six members who call the state of Alabama home. Whitney Boddie (Florence), DeWanna Bonner (Fairfield), Reneisha Hobbs (Huntsville), Sherell Hobbs (Huntsville), Trevehsa Jackson (Auburn) and Alli Smalley (Arab) all hail from Alabama.