Auburn to Face Xavier Thursday in Paradise Jam Battle of Unbeatens

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Sherrell Hobbs had 22 points and nine rebounds against Alabama State.
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Sherrell Hobbs had 22 points and nine rebounds against Alabama State.
AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM

Nov. 20, 2006

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Scouting Auburn

The 3-0 Auburn Tigers are off to its best start since the 2002-03 season when AU went 11-0 to start the season. Auburn defeated Alabama State, 84-47, and Winston-Salem State 85-47, last week. Against Alabama State, sophomore Sherell Hobbs netted a career high 22 points and added nine rebounds. Sophomore KeKe Carrier was one block away from a triple double as she posted 11 points, 10 rebounds and a career high nine blocks. Also notching career highs against ASU was senior Joanna Clayden (15 points) and sophomore Whitney Boddie (nine assists).

Sophomore DeWanna Bonner returned to the lineup against Winston-Salem State after having nose surgery just over a week ago. Bonner netted a career-high 28 points and earned her fifth career double- double by adding 11 rebounds. Three other Tigers scored in the double-digits, including a double-double from junior Tamela McCorvey (11 points, 11 assists), as Auburn scored a season best 85 points. Auburn's 26 assists against Winston-Salem State was the most by a Tiger team since Dec. 20, 2005.

Auburn held WSSU to just 17 first half points; the fewest by an opponent this season and the fewest by an opponent since Nov. 18, 2005. Auburn's 46 first half points were the most they have scored this season.

Scouting Xavier

The Musketeer's are off to a 3-0 start this season, with victories over Florida, Western Carolina and Loyola-Marymount. Xavier hosted and won its National City Invitational on Saturday with the, 75-65, win over LMU. Freshman forward Amber Harris turned in 29 points and senior guard Michele Miller recorded her first career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Harris was honored as the Tournament's MVP and Miller was selected to the All-Tournament Team. Harris' 28 points was the second highest total ever for a Xavier freshman.

Harris leads the Musketeer's this season, averaging 19 points per game and is second with 8.0 rebounds. Miller is the leading rebounder with a season average of 8.3.

Last season the Musketeer's went 21-9 and advanced to the second round of the WNIT. Xavier lost 46 percent of its scoring and 49 percent of its rebounding from this team, including All-American and all-time leading scorer and rebounder Tara Boothe.

Xavier returned an experienced backcourt in seniors Suntana Granderson, Miranda Green and Miller. Granderson was second on the team last season with 14.9 ppg and was a 2006 All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection. Green led the team in 2005-06 in assists with 104 (3.4 apg) and started as point guard for 91 consecutive games.

Xavier is coached by Kevin McGuff who is in his fifth season with the Musketeer's (83-42). Xavier assistant coach Kristin Cole was an assistant at Auburn for three seasons (1996-97 to 1998-99). During that time Auburn went 58-30, with two trips to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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After completing the three-game Paradise Jam tournament, Auburn returns home on Nov. 29 to host Jacksonville State at 6 p.m.