April 25, 2008
Junior's DeWanna Bonner and Sherell Hobbs were named co-Most Valuable Players at the women's basketball awards banquet Monday at Auburn Hotel & Conference Center.
Bonner, an honorable mention All-American, led Auburn on both sides of the ball this season and became just the second ever Tiger player to lead the team in scoring and rebounding three consecutive years. She finished as the league's second leading scorer with 18.4 points and rebounder, averaging 10.0 rebounds per game. Bonner was Auburn's leading scorer in 18 of the 31 contests she played in and notched 15 double-doubles in that span.
A first team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches and the Associated Press, Bonner ranks ninth all-time at Auburn in scoring with 1,446 points and rebounding with 758 boards. She is one of only six players ever to be in the top 10 in both categories. She finished this season ranked fourth in career scoring average (15.7), third in rebounding average (8.2), second in free throws made (382), third in free throws attempted (497), fourth in free throw percentage (76.9) and 10th in blocks (84).
Bonner concluded her junior campaign, fifth on the season record books for points (571) and rebounds (311), second in free throws made (168) and attempted (207), seventh in scoring average (18.4) and fifth in rebounding average (10.0).
She also became the all-time leading rebounder for the junior class during the Arkansas game in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Bonner averaged 24.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in the SEC Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament team, becoming the first Auburn player since Tara Williams in 1997 to receive the honor.
Hobbs led Auburn in steals (77), while also averaging 13.1 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. Hobbs improved her game in league play, turning in 15.8 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. Her SEC scoring average ranked fifth in the league. Hobbs went a span of 17 games this season where she scored in double figures and finished the season with 25 double digit performances.
Hobbs, an honorable mention AP All-SEC selection, finished the season ranked 27th at Auburn in scoring with 965 points and is tied for eighth on the career steals list with 170 grabs. She ended the season tied for fifth on the season record books for steals with 77. Hobbs had at least one steal in 29 games this season, including the final 26 contests.
Also earning awards at the banquet was senior Juanitta Wallace and Tamela McCorvey. Wallace, who earned her bachelor's degree in Information Systems Management this past December, earned the "Eye of the Tiger" award. The award is given to the athlete who is the total team player and who has strong work ethic both on and off the court. Wallace truly embodies the Auburn spirit and has is a positive role model to her peers.
McCorvey, who will earn her bachelor's degree in sociology in August, was named a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American. The program recognizes collegiate athletes whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of their strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. These athletes are also recognized for their academic and personal accomplishments and their integrity as student athletes.
The Tigers concluded their 2007-08 campaign in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Stanford, Calif. Auburn fell 66-56 to No. 20 George Washington on March 22 and concluded the year with a 20-12 ledger and was 7-7 in SEC play.