Jan. 14, 2007
DeWanna Bonner scored 18 points to lead four Tigers in double figures, but Auburn couldn't find the bottom of the net in the final 3:24 of the game in a 65-62 loss to Arkansas Sunday afternoon at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. 25th-ranked Arkansas improved to 16-3 overall, while Auburn fell to 14-5. The two teams now have identical SEC records at 1-2.
"I thought we played hard," Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said. "We did some things well, but we didn't make shots in the end of the game."
Bonner also grabbed 11 rebounds for her 8th double-double of the season, while Trevesha Jackson netted 10 points and snatched 11 rebounds for her second double-double this season. Whitney Boddie scored 19 points, and Sherell Hobbs added 15 to round out the double-digit scoring for Auburn.
The Tigers had three chances to take the lead in the final minute of the game, but Jackson missed two shots and Hobbs missed another in Auburn's next-to-last possession. Auburn was forced to foul after the misses, and Arkansas' Leslie Howard sank two free throws to make the Arkansas lead three. The Tigers got the ball back with 4.1 seconds remaining, but Whitney Boddie didn't get the game-tying attempt off before time expired.
Auburn led 45-36 with 17:26 to play before Arkansas rallied to a 51-50 lead over the next eight minutes. The 15-5 run gave the Lady Backs their first lead since the 7:35 mark of the first period.
In the final seven-plus minutes of the game, there were two ties and six lead changes, including a Lauren Ervin layup that gave Arkansas the lead for good with 1:19 to play.
Auburn took a 38-31 lead to the locker room after leading by as many as 11 in the first half. With the Lady Razorbacks up 18-17, Auburn produced a 21-13 run to close the period on the strength of nine points from Hobbs.
Arkansas opened the game with two Dominique Washington threes to take an early 6-0 lead. The Lady Backs largest lead after Auburn scored was five when they led 9-4 less than four minutes into the game.
Washington led all scorers for Arkansas with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting from three. Ervin added 19 for the Lady Backs on perfect 9-of-9 shooting from the field.
The Tigers return to action on Jan. 18th when they travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the Florida Gators at 6 p.m. CT.