Jan. 11, 2008
Auburn Game Notes
No. 22 Auburn will meet its second straight top 10 opponent today when it hosts Georgia in the SEC home opener. The Tigers opened the conference season on Thursday at No. 2 Tennessee and for the 16th straight time, the Tigers were edged out by the Lady Vols, 52-85. The Tigers face Georgia in their SEC home opener for the first time since 2004, when Auburn won 72-54. DeWanna Bonner, the SEC's second-leading scorer and rebounder, headlines Auburn on both sides of the ball. Bonner averages a double-double with 17.4 points and 10.0 rebounds a game. Bonner also leads Auburn and is third in the SEC in free throw percentage as she makes 78 percent of her attempts from the charity stripe. Also averaging in double figures is Sherell Hobbs (11.7) and Alli Smalley (10.6). Defensively, Hobbs adds a spark with 2.5 steals and 5.5 rebounds a game. Smalley leads Auburn from long range, as the freshman has made at least one three in 75 percent of the games thus far. Auburn is averaging 72.6 points a game, while limiting its opponents to 57.8 points; both numbers good enough for top 50 in the country. The Tigers are shooting 43.7 percent overall and 35.4 from beyond the arc.
No. 10 Georgia opened the SEC season with a victory over Ole Miss on Thursday, 75-62, to improve to 14-1 on the season. Today's game marks just the second time this season the Lady Bulldogs have played away from Athens this season when not competing in a tournament. The only other time Georgia has played on the road (minus the Junkanoo Jam and FIU Classic) was Jan. 6 at Xavier, when the Lady Bulldogs picked up their only loss of the season, 55-65. Georgia brings in the SEC's second best and 13th strongest offensive attack in the nation as it averages 76.6 points a game. The Lady Bulldogs lead the SEC in scoring margin as they have outscored their 15 opponents by a 19.7 margin; ninth in the country. Senior three-time All-American Tasha Humphrey leads Georgia on both sides of the ball, averaging 16.6 points and 9.3 rebounds a game. She also averages 1.7 blocks and 1.4 steals per contest. Ashley Houts and Angel Robinson combine to average 12.1 points a game. Individually, Houts leads the league in steals per contest with a 3.13 average, while Robinson grabs 8.9 boards a game. The Lady Bulldogs are led by Andy Landers, who is in his 29th season at Georgia. Landers was a 2007 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. He has complied a career record of 780-237.
Georgia holds the all-time series advantage 21-12 over Auburn. The Lady Bulldogs have won the last three meetings with Auburn. The last time Auburn defeated Georgia was Jan. 15, 2004 in Auburn, 72-54. The Tigers were ranked No. 20 and Georgia was No. 12 on that date.
The first 500 fans will receive a drawstring backpack from Verizon Wireless. It is also Church Bulletin Day and all area churches are invited to attend and receive free admission by showing a bulletin. In addition, all 2007 Auburn women's basketball camp participants will receive free admission by wearing their camp t-shirt.
Auburn continues play in the SEC when it travels to Lexington, Ky., for a Jan. 20 meeting vs. Kentucky at 12 p.m. CT. That game will be televised by Big Blue Sports Network/FSN South. The Tigers then return home on Jan. 24 to host No. 11 LSU at 6 p.m. CT.