Feb. 19, 2008
Auburn Game Notes
Auburn is in search of its fourth straight SEC win today when it takes on Ole Miss. With a win, Nell Fortner would have her most consecutive SEC wins since coming to The Plains in 2004. Auburn picked up its sixth SEC win and 18th overall on Sunday vs. South Carolina, 83-72. DeWanna Bonner leads Auburn on both sides of the ball as she averages 18.0 points (second in the SEC) and an SEC best 9.9 rebounds (21st in the nation) a game. In SEC play, Bonner has turned in an improved 19.0 points a game; third best in the league. The Tigers have welcomed the consistency of Sherell Hobbs this year, who is averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. In league play, Hobbs nets an even better 14.8 points and grabs 5.8 rebounds. Also averaging in double digits is Alli Smalley, who scores 10.9 points a game, while leading the team in assists. Smalley and Tamela McCorvey pose a threat from three-point range, as the pair have hit 70 percent of Auburn's three-pointers. Auburn is shooting 43.3 percent overall and 35.2 percent from long range. The Tigers have held its opponents to 38.8 percent shooting and 58.8 points a game. Auburn `s defense ranks in the top three in the SEC in several categories including rebounding defense (34.7), rebounding margin (+5.7), blocks (5.36, 15th in the nation) and steals (10.56).
Scouting Ole Miss
Ole Miss has two wins in conference play - Mississippi State (73-65) and Alabama (76-47), but has only lost twice at home this season (Tennessee, N.C. State). The Lady Rebels are coming off a 24-11season last year that ended with a trip to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Rebels had to fill voids left by senior's Ashley Awkward, Jada Mincy and Armintie Price. Junior Shawn Goff has stepped up to the challenge as she leads the Lady Rebels with 13.5 points a game and adds 7.3 rebounds. Inside SEC play, she has turned in an improved 14.0 points and 7.6 boards (team best). Senior Carla Bartee leads the team on the defensive side, averaging 8.0 rebounds a game, but has not matched that in SEC play, as she averages 6.2. Shantell Black has dished out an SEC best 5.4 assists a game (26th in the NCAA). Ole Miss is shooting 40.2 percent overall and 33.4 percent from long range. Elizabeth Robertson and Bianca Thomas have combined to make more than half of the team's three-points (59-of-100). The Lady Rebels have been outscored by a 2.4 margin (65.5 to 67.9). On the other side of the ball, Ole Miss grabs 39.7 rebounds, which is 0.2 more than its opponents. Ole Miss is led by first year head coach Renee Ladner. Ladner has been an assistant at Ole Miss under former head coach Carol Ross since 2003.
Auburn holds the all-time series advantage over Ole Miss 25-20. The series is tied 9-9 when playing in Oxford. Auburn evened the series with a 64-56 win last year in Oxford. The Lady Rebels last win at home vs. Auburn came on Feb. 12, 2006 (61-64). Nell Fortner is 2-3 vs. Ole Miss.
Last Time Out
Four of five starters scored in double digits, leading Auburn to an 83-72 victory over South Carolina on Sunday, improving the Tigers to 18-7, 6-4 SEC. The win marks the third straight over an SEC opponent, tying the most consecutive wins by a Nell Fortner team in league play. With 18 points and 12 rebounds, DeWanna Bonner posted her 26th career double-double and 10th of the season. Sherell Hobbs and freshman Alli Smalley also put up 18 points with Tamela McCorvey on their heels with 15 of her own. Of the ten South Carolina players who saw playing time, nine put points on the board. Demetress Adams carried the Gamecocks on both ends with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Auburn continues its travels on Sunday when it takes on Georgia in Athens. Game time is slated for 1:30 p.m. CT with the game being televised on CSS. The Tigers return home next week to conclude regular season play vs. Vanderbilt and Arkansas.