Nov. 28, 2006
The Tigers ended the Paradise Jam on a high note as the team clawed back from an 18-point deficit to defeat Western Michigan, 95- 86. The 95-86 ledger marked was the highest combined scoring effort since Jan. 20, 1990, when the Tigers defeated Vanderbilt, 96-93, in double overtime.
Auburn picked up its first two losses of the season on Nov. 23 (Xavier) and Nov. 24 (Marquette) and are now 4-2 on the season. One year ago today, the Tigers hosted the Gamecocks and picked up its fourth win of the 2005-06 season (91-70). It was the most points that Auburn scored all season last year.
Two Tigers earned their first collegiate starts in St. Thomas - freshman forward Jordan Greenleaf and sophomore forward Trevesha Jackson. Greenleaf combined to grab 11 rebounds in the two games she started (Marquette, Western Michigan), six of those were offensive boards. Jackson posted her first double-double against Western Michigan with 14 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive).
Since returning from nose surgery two weeks ago, sophomore DeWanna Bonner has set a new career high (28 point vs. WSSU) and led Auburn in scoring against Marquette (16) and Western Michigan (27). For her efforts she was named to the All-Tournament team. She currently averages 21.8 ppg, a team high, and 7.0 rpg through four games. Three Tigers are currently averaging in double figures for scoring - Bonner (21.8), Sherell Hobbs (14.8) and Tamela McCorvey (10.3) - all three are starters for tonight's game. Four players are averaging at least 5.0 rpg, led by KeKe Carrier with 7.3 (Bonner - 7.0, Jackson, 6.3 and Greenleaf 5.7).
Scouting Jacksonville State
Jacksonville State, 3-4 on the season, is in its second of a three game road tilt. The Gamecocks lost to Alcorn State, 74-63, on Monday evening after pulling to within one on three occasions in the second half. Junior guard Courtney Slaughter led the team with a season-high 21 points.
The Gamecocks have had two players named Ohio Valley Conference Plays of the Week, most recently freshman Jolie Efezokhae. Efezokhae averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds against Furman and Georgia State. Senior Cobie Carlisle was named OVC POW on Nov. 13 after her double-double performance (17 pts./10 rbs.) against Kennesaw State.
Sophomore LaTonya McKinney leads all scorers with 14.3 ppg and Efezokhae is the leading rebounder with 6.6 rpg. As a team, the Gamecocks are shooting 41.1 percent compared to 42.8 percent by its opponents. JSU has shot 36.1 percent from 3-point range and is 73.6 from the charity stripe.
Jacksonville State is coached by Becky Geyer who is in her first year as head coach.
Auburn returns to road action on Dec. 1-2, in Reno, Nev., at the Nuggett Classic. The Tigers will face host Nevada on Friday (9 p.m. CT) and UC Riverside on Saturday (7 p.m. CT).