Dec. 4, 2007
Auburn, 8-0, is off to its best start since 2002-03 when it opened with 11 straight wins. The Tigers earned their second tournament title of the season and fourth straight on Sunday by defeating then-No. 14 Arizona State, 75-69. Auburn improved four places in the latest AP poll and is now No. 14 with 593 votes. The last time Auburn was No. 14 was Feb. 17, 2004. The Tigers are led by DeWanna Bonner, who is one point away from becoming the 23rd person in Auburn history to earn 1,000 career points and the 11th person to have both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Bonner averages a double-double on the season, 17.7 points and 10.3 rebounds. Sherell Hobbs, MVP of the ASU Classic, adds 13.3 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. Whitney Boddie contributes 12.4 points, pulls down 7.3 rebounds and leads the team with 6.4 assists. Auburn is shooting an improved 45.3 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from long range, while limiting its opponents to 38.1 percent shooting (24.6 from the arc).
Colgate picked up its sixth loss of the season on Dec. 1 at New Hampshire, 70-75. The Raiders (1-6) defeated Winston-Salem State, 58-39, in the consolation game of the Buckeye Classic Nov. 25, for its lone victory of the season. Colgate is led offensively by freshman Sami Kozlowski who puts up 11.9 points a game, while also leading the team in assists with 3.6 per contest. Defensively, newcomer Georgia Grier leads the team with 6.4 rebounds a game, while senior Caitlin Gillard pulls down 6.0 a game. The Raiders average 44.9 points a game and are shooting 34.2 percent from the field. From long range, Colgate has made 22-of-95 three-pointers for a 23.2 percentage, while its opponents are making 32.7 percent of its three's.
Last Time Out
Sherell Hobbs scored 18 of her 26 career high points in the second half to lead No. 18 Auburn past No. 14 Arizona State 75-69 Sunday in the championship game of the ASU Classic. Tamela McCorvey added 16, including a 3-pointer that gave the Tigers the lead for good with 3:02 remaining. Arizona State went on a 14-4 run to erase Auburn's seven-point lead midway through the second half. But Hobbs hit a three and a layup in a 70-second span to cut the Sun Devils' lead to 63-62 with 4:10 left. After McCorvey's 3-pointer, the Sun Devils twice got the ball off Tigers turnovers over the next two minutes but failed to convert. The teams traded baskets until DeWanna Bonner drove on Lauren Lacey, made the layup and a free throw to give Auburn a 72- 67 lead with 14.8 seconds remaining. The Tigers made three of four free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure the win.
Auburn and Colgate meet for the first time today.
Auburn will take a 10-day break from competition for exams. The Tigers return to action on Dec. 15 at No. 12 Texas A&M and continue its tour of the Lone Star state on Dec. 17 at Stephen F. Austin and Dec. 19 at Sam Houston State.