Jan. 26, 2007
Auburn, Ala. -
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Auburn is coming off its second and final bye of the season. Last Sunday Auburn lost its second game of the year by three points, this time to Kentucky and moved to 15-6, 2-3 SEC. It was the first loss to the Wildcats since Jan. 6, 2000. DeWanna Bonner scored 23 points for her second 20-point game in a row, fifth of the season and ninth of her career. Whitney Boddie added 19 and Sherell Hobbs scored 10 to give Auburn three players in double-figures for the 17th time in 21 games this season.
AU will travel to Baton Rouge with a five-game road win streak. Auburn continues to be led offensively by Bonner with 16.1 ppg (fifth in the SEC). Bonner also shines at the charity stripe as she makes 81.6 percent of her shots; fourth best in the league. The only other player averaging in double figures is S. Hobbs with 11.9 ppg. S. Hobbs shoots 49.3 percent to lead all active Auburn players.
With a 9.0 rebounding average, Bonner controls the defensive side of Auburn's game as well, and is fourth in the league with that average. Adding to her defensive ability, Bonner grabs 6.68 of Auburn's SEC-leading 27.86 defensive rebounds per game.
Auburn's lineup continues to lack key defensive presence from 6-foot-7 inch KeKe Carrier who is out for the remainder of this month with a foot injury. In her absence, Jordan Greenleaf has picked up her game, and now averages 1.14 blocks a game, ninth in the SEC.
LSU owns the nation's longest (active) home-court winning streak at 41 straight (19 consecutive SEC games), dating back to Feb. 19, 2004, and is currently 19-2, 5-1 SEC this season. The Lady Tigers are ranked eighth in both the AP and coaches poll this week.
LSU improved to 19-2, 5-1 SEC, on Thursday after defeating Arkansas 70-53. The Lady Tigers were led by Quianna Chaney with 15 points, while Sylvia Fowles recorded her eighth straight double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Collectively, LSU shot 44.1 percent for the game, but managed only 1-of-6 from 3-point range.
The Lady Tigers are led on both sides of the game by Player of the Year and All-America candidate Fowles. Fowles contributes 17.2 ppg, while grabbing a SEC best (ninth in the NCAA) 11.1 boards. Fowles is made even more dangerous offensively as she is 64.2 percent accurate with her shots; second in the league and fourth in the nation.
LSU is ranked in the top half of the conference in 15 categories, including No. 1 in five categories (three of which are defensive). The Lady Tigers are holding its opponents to a NCAA best 46.7 points while out-scoring the teams by a 23.6 margin; fifth best in the NCAA. LSU is holding its opponents to 30.8 percent shooting from the field and 25.9 percent from the arc.
LSU head coach Pokey Chatman is in her third year at the helm of the Lady Tigers program, owning a 83-9 record. The Lady Tigers are shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from three-point range. LSU averages 42 rebounds per contest and has 7.8 rebounding advantage.
Auburn has won 26 of 38 meetings with LSU, including 10 straight from 1985 to 1990. In the last 10 games, LSU leads Auburn 8-2 and is currently on a three-game win streak. The last time Auburn defeated LSU was Feb. 8, 2004, in Auburn. AU has not won in Baton Rouge since Feb. 4, 2001.
The last time Auburn faced LSU, Jan. 4, 2006, in Auburn, the Bayou Bengals defeated Auburn, 65-38. LSU's Sylvia Fowles scored 23 points and Seimone Augustus added 21. Scholanda Houston contributed 15 points, combining with Fowles and Augustus for all but six points for LSU. LSU scored 33 points off 23 Auburn turnovers, snatching 14 steals. LSU managed to nearly double a 40-23 halftime lead despite making just 10-of-30 shots in the second half after hitting 62 percent before the break.
Against the Ranked
Auburn is 81-132 all-time versus ranked opponents and is 20-61 on the road. The last time Auburn defeated a ranked opponent when it was not ranked was Jan. 26, 2003 - AU defeated No. 8 Arkansas, 64-36. Auburn has faced two ranked opponents this season, then-No. 20 George Washington and No. 25 Arkansas, both opponents defeated Auburn. This Tigers will face its highest ranked opponent on Sunday when it meets #8 LSU. Auburn is 9-6 all-time versus teams ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll.
Climbing Up the Charts
Just midway through her sophomore campaign, KeKe Carrier already finds herself on the Auburn career record books for blocks. Carrier has swatted 85 to date, which puts her ninth (needs six more for eighth). Also in her second year at Auburn, senior Joanna Clayden moved into the books for 3-point field goals made with 55. She needs just three to take over the ninth spot.
Auburn's six-woman sophomore class has scored 990 of Auburn's 1509 points this season to account for 66 percent of the scoring. A sophomore has been the leading scorer for Auburn in 19 of 21 games this season. DeWanna Bonner has been the leading scorer 11 times, Sherell Hobbs five and KeKe Carrier two.
In the RPI
Auburn is now ranked 51st in the latest RPI (updated Friday) and have a rating of .5890. The Tigers have been ranked as high as 27th this season. Four Tiger opponents are currently in the top 10, including Tennessee at No. 1 and No. 6 George Washington. LSU is currently eighth with a rating of .6690.
Around the Conference
Auburn ranks in the top half of the conference in 11 categories and continues to be No. 1 in defensive rebounds with 27.86 per game. DeWanna Bonner grabs 6.68 defensive rebounds a game to lead Auburn and is second in the league. With the help of KeKe Carrier's 2.69 blocks a game and now Jordan Greenleaf's 1.14, Auburn is second in the league in blocks a game (5.95). The Tigers are out-rebounding its opponents by a 7.0 margin, third in the league. On offense, Auburn is fourth in the league in 3-point field goal percentages and is fifth in field goal percentages. Bonner's 16.1 points a game ranks her fifth in the league, while her 9.0 rebounds per game puts her third.
Auburn has had at least three players scoring in double-digits in 17 of 21 games this season. DeWanna Bonner has 15 double-digit games this season.
Surprisingly enough the Tigers have been more successful this season on the road than at the BEMC. Auburn has complied a 6-1 ledger on the road (not including neutral games) this season, with its only loss coming to then-No. 20 George Washington. Nell Fortner is 15-17 all-time in away games (including this season). The last time Auburn finished a season with a winning-road ledger was 2003-04 (6-4).
Three of Auburn's six losses have been decided by five points or less, including two, three-point losses to then-#25 Arkansas and Kentucky. In SEC games only, Auburn has lost by an average of 4.7 points, while overall the Tigers have fallen by an average of 6.7 points.