Feb. 5, 2008
Auburn Game Notes
Auburn is currently on a two-game winning streak after defeating Mississippi State, 68-42, on Sunday. The Tigers will pack their bags for two away games this week with stops at Florida and Arkansas. The Tigers are 6-4 overall on the road this season and look to even the ledger at 2-2 in SEC road games on Thursday in Gainesville. The Tigers are led by DeWanna Bonner who is averaging 16.9 points and a league best 10.0 rebounds per game. Inside the conference, Bonner contributes 15.8 points and 9.2 boards per game. With 11 more points, Bonner will move into the top 15 in career points; she already ranks in the top 15 in career rebounds (14th). Sherell Hobbs has stepped up her game this season, averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. Hobbs' numbers are even better in SEC play as she puts up 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. With the help of Bonner, Hobbs and Alli Smalley, who all average in double digits in scoring, the Tigers are putting up 70.8 points a game, while limiting its opponents to 57.5 points. Auburn makes 43.3 percent of its shots, while its opponents are hitting 38 percent. From long range, Auburn is shooting 35.7 percent and are led by Smalley, who has made at least one three in 17 games this season. Defensively, Auburn grabs 41.1 boards a game and holds its opponents to 34.4 (second best in the league), for an SEC best 6.8 rebounding margin.
Florida enters today's game on a two-game losing streak after falling to LSU, 71-85, on Sunday and Vanderbilt, 56-66, on Jan. 31. The Gators do have three wins inside the conference as they have defeated Alabama, Arkansas and South Carolina; the last two of which were on the road. Florida has three players averaging in double figures offfensively, led by Marshae Dotson's 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds a game. In SEC play Dotson has had even better results with 16.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Depree Bowden and Sha Brooks add to the Gator offensive attack, averaging 13.5 and 10.7 points per game, respectively. The Gators average 69.4 points a game, while shooting 41.6 percent overall and 29.8 percent from beyond the arc. Florida grabs 40.7 boards a game, 34.4 of which are on the defensive glass. Florida is led by first year head coach Amanda Butler, who returned to her alma mater after serving in the same capacity at UNC Charlotte the last two seasons.
Auburn holds the all-time series advantage over Florida, 30-13. When playing in Gainesville, the Tigers also hold the lead, 11-6. Auburn has won the last three meetings with the Gators. The last time Florida was victorious over Auburn was Feb. 2, 2006, in Gainesville, 72-61. Nell Fortner is 3-2 all-time vs. the Gators and 1-2 when playing in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
Last Time Out
Auburn was unstoppable in the second half scoring 33 points to cruise past Mississippi State 68-42 in front of more than 2,000 fans in BEMC. Auburn moved to 29-12 all-time vs. Mississippi State and 18-2 when playing in Auburn. Cassie Moore scored a career best 17 points, and led the team for the first time this season. DeWanna Bonner earned her ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Bonner also made 7-of-7 free throws, marking the seventh time this season she has been perfect from the line. Hobbs finished with 12 points, marking the ninth straight game and 37th time in her career she has been in double figures.
Auburn will be on the road twice this week as it travels to Florida on Feb. 7 and Arkansas on Feb. 10. The Tigers return home to host Alabama on Valentine's Day at 6 p.m. CT.