Nov. 30, 2006
Game Notes (PDF)
This weekend's games with Nevada and UC Riverside will be the
first meetings between Auburn and the two teams. The Tigers defeated
Jacksonville, 74-44, on Nov. 29 and held the Gamecocks to just 44
points, which was the lowest by an AU opponent this season. The Tigers
grabbed a total of 57 rebounds, a season high, 20 of those offensive.
KeKe Carrier led the Tigers with a season high of 14 points, while Sherell
Hobbs was the leading rebounder with 8.
Auburn finds just three players scoring in double-figures with
DeWanna Bonner leading the way with 19.0 ppg. She is followed by S.
Hobbs with 13.9 and Tamela McCorvey with 10.3. Two Tigers are averaging
7.0 or more rebounds per contest - Carrier (7.3) and Bonner (7.0).
For the season Auburn is shooting 45.6 from the field and is 36.1
from the 3-point line. Auburn is out-rebounding its opponents by a 8.9
margin while scoring an average of 16.3 more points per game.
The Wolf Pack are 3-2 on the season with victories over Cal-Poly
(76-62), San Diego State (68-62) and Idaho State (75-58). Nevada
went 0-2 at the Coors Classic (Boulder, Colo.) with losses to Colorado
(60-80) and Wyoming (71-80).
The Wolf Pack has two players averaging in double-figures -
Dellena Criner (14.8) and Traci Graham (11.2). Jessica Preslar is the
leading rebounder this season with 8.0 rpg. The team is shooting a mere
35.2 percent from the field compared to 43.5 by its opponents. Nevada
is 25.8 percent from 3-point range and 73.9 from the free throw line.
Graham is eight steals shy of tying the Nevada record for career
steals with 176. She is currently sixth on the career record books in
assists (needs seven to move into tie for fifth).
Nevada is led by fourth-year head coach Kim Gervasoni, who has
put together a 27-67 record. The Wolf Pack returns all five starters from
the 2005-06 squad that went 13-17 (best season in five years) and 8-8
in the WAC, including leading scorer and blocker Brandi Fitzgerald and
Scouting UC Riverside
The Highlanders, 2-4, are coming off an upset over Wisconsin, 52-
50, on Nov. 28. UC Riverside's other victory so far this season was on
Nov. 21 against Butler, 65-53. The team has been defeated by
Oklahoma State, San Diego State, UCLA and Alaska Anchorage.
Junior Kemie Nkele leads the Highlanders this season with 11.8
points per game while averaging 6.0 rebounds. Sophomore Seyram
Gbewonyo is the only other player averaging in double-digits - 10.3 -
and she is second on the team in rebounds - 5.2.
As a team, the Highlanders are shooting 38 percent from the field
and a better 40.2 percent from the 3-point line. UC Riverside is shooting
65.3 percent from the three-throw line.
UC Riverside is led by third-year head coach John Margaritis.
Margaritis holds a 34-32 record as a Highlander including a 16-15
overall ledger last year. The Highlanders return all five starters that led the team to the Big West Tournament title and the program's first-ever
Auburn hosts Jackson State on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m.