Whitney Boddie Moves Into Top Spot In The Nation In Assists
Feb. 9, 2009
AUBURN - After dishing out 12 assists in No. 5 Auburn's 81-54 rout of Alabama on Sunday, senior point guard Whitney Boddie finds herself in a new position as she moved into the No. 1 spot in the nation in assists per game.
Boddie is the first Tiger to lead a national statistical category this season after leading the SEC for most of the year. She currently averages 8.3 assists per game, up from 8.0 last week. Her back-to-back games of 11 assists against Ole Miss and 12 assists at Alabama propelled her into the top spot, passing Kansas State's Shalee Lehning (8.0 apg).
"For Whitney to be leading the nation in assists, it shows a tremendous amount of growth in her game," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "She has become such a great game manager and what makes her so dangerous is that she is also a great scorer in her own rite. She is double trouble every time she has the ball in her hands."
Boddie, a native of Florence, Ala., owns eight of the top-24 single-game assist performances all-time at Auburn. She has posted double-digit assists in nine games this season and has a team-best seven double-doubles. She also has only the second triple-double ever record at Auburn, by either a male or female, after tallying 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds against Sam Houston State.
Also against Alabama, Boddie's 12 assists moved her into fourth all-time at Auburn in career assists with a total of 531. She passed Martha Monk (1979-81) and Auburn legend Ruthie Bolton-Holifield (1985-89) on the list. Boddie is currently 62 assists short of the school record.
The Tiger women's basketball team returns to action this week at home against Kentucky. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m., Thursday at the Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. Tickets are still available for Thursday's game against the Wildcats. 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 4:30 p.m. for Thursday's game.
For more information, please call the Athletic Department ticket office at 1-800-AUB-1957 or visit www.auburntigers.com.
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