Nov. 23, 2007
Auburn is off to its best start since 2002-03 (opened with 11 straight victories). The Tigers earned their four straight win on Wednesday at Oakland, 71-63. Auburn is currently ranked No. 24 in the AP and No. 25 in the ESPN/Coaches poll, which marks the team's first national ranking since 2003-04 when it finished No. 22. The Tigers are playing in their first of three tournmanets today when it meets Winston-Salem State. Auburn is led by DeWanna Bonner on both sides of the ball as she is averaging a double-double, 21.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. Also aiding the offense is Whitney Boddie with 13.8 points and 6.5 assists per game and Alli Smalley with 11.5 points (43.9 percent from beyond the arc). Defensively, Boddie grabs 7.3 rebounds and Jordan Greenleaf grabs 7.0 boards.
WSSU is 0-2 after falling to Radford, 50-75, on Tuesday in its home opener. The Lady Rams opened the season with a loss at Virginia Tech, 43-67. WSSU returns just one starter from last season's 8-21 team and welcomes nine newcomers this season. WSSU lost its leading scorer and rebounder from last year, Shalonda Carter (13.2 ppg) and Lavontay Johnson (10.1 rpg). The team, who only has two upperclassmen, was led by senior Keoshia Worthy with 12 points and eight assists vs. Radford. Freshman Vontisha Woods also contributed 12 and leads the team in scoring with a 14.5 average. Freshman Jalesa Byrd leads the defense with 7.5 rebounds per game. WSSU is led by Dee Stokes, who is in her second year with the Lady Rams.
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DeWanna Bonner had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Whitney Boddie added 19 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 24 Auburn rally for a 71-63 victory over Oakland University on Wednesday night. Jordan Greenleaf finished with eight points and 12 rebounds for Auburn, which dominated inside in the final four minutes. Auburn led 34-28 at the half, but Jessica Pike had eight points in a three-minute stretch to help the Golden Grizzlies take a 44-42 lead with 13:36 to play. Oakland led 52-46 with eight minutes left despite missing its first four free-throw attempts of the half. That let Auburn stay close despite shooting 37.1 percent from the floor, and Bonner and Boddie were able to take over down the stretch.
Auburn holds the all-time series advantage 1-0 vs. WSSU. The Tigers and Lady Rams met for the first time last season, Nov. 17, 2006, in Auburn. The Tigers picked up the win 85-47, thanks to a then-career high 28 points and 11 rebounds from DeWanna Bonner.
Auburn plays in its first of three tournament this season when it travels to Columbus, Ohio, for the Nov. 24-25 Buckeye Classic. Auburn meets Winston-Salem State on Nov. 24 before facing the winner of Ohio State vs. Colgate on Nov. 25.