Dec. 17, 2007
Nacogdoches, Texas -
Auburn Game Notes
Auburn is coming off its first loss of the season on Saturday at No. 12/11 Texas A&M, 60-62. The Tigers made a second half comeback after being down 11 at the half, but just fell short. Auburn is shooting 46 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from long range, while making 68.2 percent of its free throws. The Tigers average 76.7 point a game, while limiting its opponents to 55.7 points. Auburn grabs 40.8 rebounds a game, 27 of which are on the defensive glass. DeWanna leads Auburn with 16.4 points and 9.1 rebounds a game and is a 88.1 percent free throw shooter. Sherell Hobbs and Whitney Boddie also average in double figures, 13.0 and 11.7 respectively, while contributing a combined 6.3 rebounds. Boddie also dished out 6.4 assists a game.
Scouting Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin is looking for its third straight win of the season today having defeated Missouri 84-81 in overtime on Dec. 8 and Alcorn State 71-54 on Dec. 7 to claim the CenturyTel Tiger Classic in Columbia, Mo. At the Tiger Classic senior Nikki Carr and sophomore Whitney Cormier were named to the All-Tournament team. Carr was named MVP after averaging 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals, which included a career high 25 points against Missouri. She leads the Ladyjack offense with 14.6 points and 3.9 assists per game. Cormier finished the weekend averaging 17 points and nine rebounds. Cormier aids Carr on offense with 9.4 points a game. Defensively Stephen F. Austin is led by freshman Jordan Ford with 6.6 rebounds a game. Carr adds 6.1, while Cormier contributes 5.3 and 1.3 steals a game. Stephen F. Austin is shooting 35.8 percent from the field and 23.8 from long range. The Ladyjacks have excelled on the boards, pulling down 46.2 a game, 27.4 of which are on defense. SFA has grabbed 50 or more rebounds in a game three times this season, including 60 vs. Grambling State on Nov. 13.
Last Time Out
No. 12 Texas A&M held off a second-half comeback by No. 14 Auburn to hand the Tigers their first loss, 62-60 Saturday night.The Aggies never lost a 39-28 halftime lead despite a pair of 7-0 runs by Auburn, the latter getting the Tigers within 57-56 on a basket by Sherell Hobbs with 3:17 remaining. DeWanna Bonner missed a jumper that would have put Auburn ahead for the first time since the 11:09 mark of the first half, and Texas A&M's A'Quonesia Franklin hit a 3-pointer for a 60-56 lead with 1:35 remaining.Texas A&M led 60-58 when Franklin missed a free throw with 51 seconds left, but Patrice Reado grabbed an offensive rebound for the Aggies. The Tigers fouled Franklin again, and this time she made both free throws for a 62-58 lead with 30 seconds remaining. Whitney Boddie, one of four Auburn players in double figures with 12 points, scored the final basket with four seconds left. Jordan Greenleaf led the Tigers with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Auburn leads the all-time series with Stephen F. Austin 2-1. The Tigers are 1-0 when playing in Nacogdoches. The last time the Tigers and Ladyjacks met was Dec. 20, 2002 in Texas as AU defeated SFA 72-44. The Tigers only loss to SFA came on Jan. 14, 1983 (56-59) at the Clemson Lady Tiger Invitational.
The Tigers conclude action in the Lone Star state at Sam Houston State Dec. 19 at 6:30 pm CT. Auburn will break for Christmas before reconvening at the St. Joseph Classic on Dec. 28-29 in Philadelphia. Auburn returns home on Jan. 3 to host George Washington at 6 p.m.