Nov. 2, 2007
The Auburn women's basketball team will host Carson-Newman on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. CT in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum for an exhibition game.
The 2007-08 Tigers team includes all five of its core starters from a year ago that helped produce a 21-13 record and a trip to the "Elite Eight" of the Women's NIT. Auburn returns 94.2 percent of its points, 98.4 percent of its rebounds, 96.3 percent of its assists and 97.4 percent of its blocks from last season with the return of 11 letterwinners.
Leading scorer and rebounder and preseason First Team All-SEC selection DeWanna Bonner highlights the returners. The Tigers starting lineup also features assist leader Whitney Boddie (4.8 apg), SEC All-Freshman Team member Jordan Greenleaf, second-leading scorer Sherell Hobbs (11.4 ppg) and third-leading scorer Tamela McCorvey (9.1 ppg).
"We are looking forward to beginning our season on Sunday," head coach Nell Fortner said. "We have been competing against ourselves for several weeks now and are ready to have another team in here. We are excited to have Carson-Newman in town and know the will come in here and play hard."
Carson-Newman finished last season with a 21-10 record and a NCAA Division II Tournament bid. The Lady Eagles return 11 letterwinners and four starters, which includes 70 percent of their offense and 85 percent of their rebounding, from the 2006-07 squad.
The Lady Eagles bring back leading scorer Stefanie Holbrook, who averaged 10.7 points per game last year. Shari Buford returns as she turned in team-leading 8.5 rebounds, along with 10.4 points, per game last year. Buford was named to the preseason All-Conference second team this year. The Lady Eagles are picked second in the South Atlantic Conference in the preseason polls.
Auburn was picked to finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference by a vote of the writers at media days and the league's coaches. Bonner was selected to the Preseason All-SEC First Team by the writers and coaches. Athlon Sports, CSTV.com and Women's Basketball Magazine ranked Auburn in the top 25 in each of their preseason polls. The Tigers also received 41 votes to put the No. 29 in the USA Today ESPN/Coaches Preseason poll.
Live scoring from Sunday's game will be available on www.auburntigers.com. Admission is free to the public for exhibition games.