Feb. 22, 2008
Auburn Game Notes
Auburn ended its three-game SEC win streak on Thursday when it fell 68-76 at Ole Miss. The Tigers are two games away from the coveted "20-win" mark and look to inch closer at Georgia. The Tigers were successful on their first attempt with UGA, winning handily in Auburn on Jan. 13. The last time Auburn won back-to-back meetings vs. Georgia was 1993. As always, Auburn will look to DeWanna Bonner who has led Auburn in both scoring and rebounding in 11 games this season. Bonner averages 18.1 points (second in the league, 33rd in the NCAA) and an SEC best 9.9 rebounds (19th in the NCAA) a game. The Tigers also look to Sherell Hobbs, who has been a consistent force this year. Hobbs is averaging 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals a game. Inside the league, Hobbs has turned in an improved 15.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. Alli Smalley and Tamela McCorvey pose a threat from long range, as the pair have combined to make 73 three-pointers this year. Jordan Greenleaf aids on defense with 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a game. Auburn is making 43.3 percent of its shots, while its opponents are held to 39.0 percent. Defensively, Auburn outrebounds its opponents by an SEC best 6.0 margin (29th in the NCAA), grabbing 40.5 boards a game. Despite its lack of size inside, Auburn blocks 5.23 a game, which ranks second in the league and 15th in the SEC.
No. 22/24 Georgia has had a week off to prepare for Auburn and is looking for a different outcome in its second meeting with the Tigers after losing by 30 last month. The Lady Bulldogs are currently on a two-game SEC win streak after defeating Mississippi State and Florida last week. Georgia returned to the rankings this week after dropping out of the AP poll last week. It ended a streak of 98 straight weeks the Lady Bulldogs had been in the AP poll, which dated back to 2003. Three-time All-American Tasha Humphrey leads Georgia on both sides of the ball, as she averages 17.6 points and 9.0 rebounds a game, both good enough for top three in the league. Humphrey leads the SEC in scoring in conference only games as she has turned in a 19.2 average. Humphrey isn't one you want going to the free throw line as she makes an SEC best 82.4 percent of her attempts. Ashley Houts is also averaging in double figures as she pours in 12.2 points a game, while leading the team in assists (123) and steals (75). Freshman Angela Puleo has had success as of late as she was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday after averaging 17.0 points in the last two games. Georgia is averaging 70.8 points a game, while holding its opponents to 58.7 points. The Lady Bulldogs make 42.3 percent of its shots, while their defense limits their opponents to 37.0 percent accuracy (39th in the NCAA). The Lady Bulldogs lead the league in free throw percentage, making 41.3 percent of their attempts. Georgia grabs 41.3 rebounds per contest for a 5.8 margin over its opponents. The Lady Bulldogs are led by Andy Landers, who is in his 29th season at Georgia. Landers was a 2007 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. He has complied a career record of 785-243.
Georgia holds the all-time series advantage 21-13 over Auburn. Auburn ended a Georgia three-game win streak earlier this year at home with a 30-point victory over the Lady Bulldogs. However, the last time Auburn defeated Georgia in Athens was Feb. 7, 1993 (82-56). Auburn has not won back-to-back meetings with Georgia since 1993 (Auburn only played UGA once that season but won in 1992). Nell Fortner is 1-3 vs. the Lady Bulldogs.
Last Time Out
Auburn cut a 13-point Ole Miss lead to four in the final six minutes of play Thursday, but the Tigers were never able to regain the lead, as they fell to Ole Miss 76-68. Sherell Hobbs led Auburn with 25 points, and DeWanna Bonner picked up her 11th double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Ole Miss' Elizabeth Robertson and Bianca Thomas came up big for the Lady Rebels, combining for 30 points off the bench. The lead was cut to four with 31 seconds left on the clock after a Hobbs trey, but time ran out on Auburn's fight as the Lady Rebels clinched the victory by sinking five-of-six free throws down the stretch.
The Tigers return home next week to conclude regular season play vs. Vanderbilt and Arkansas. Thursday's game is slated to begin at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised on FSN-South. Auburn will honor its three senior's on Sunday's game vs. Arkansas at 2 p.m. CT.