Dec. 18, 2007
Huntsville, Texas -
Auburn picked up its 10th victory of the season on Monday at Stephen F. Austin, 61-49. The win marked the earliest a Nell Fortner coached Tiger team has reached 10 wins in a season. Despite scoring just 61 points, the Tigers grabbed a season best 61 rebounds, which was the most from a Tiger team since the 64 they had vs. Grambling State on Dec. 2, 2004. DeWanna Bonner grabbed a career best 17 vs. the Ladyjacks, while also matching that with 17 points to mark her fifth double-double of the season. Bonner leads Auburn on both sides of the ball as she averages 16.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest. Sherell Hobbs and Whitney Boddie contribute a combined 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. Hobbs also grabs a team best 2.4 steals a game, while Boddie dishes out 5.8 assists. The Tigers are shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from the arc, while limiting its opponents to 37.1 shooting and 24.7 from long range. Auburn is outrebounding its opponents by a 8.6 margin by putting up 42.6 a game.
Scouting Sam Houston State
Sam Houston State is on a four-game losing streak with its last loss coming to Arkansas-Little Rock on Dec. 9. This will be the Bearkats first game since the loss and third straight home contest. Returning starters from last season's 5-24 team, junior Lydia Gonzales and sophomore Whitney SMith are leading the Bearkats. Gonzales puts up 13.3 points and 8.8 rebounds a game, while Smith produces 12.8 points a game. Gonzales has scored in double figures in eight of SHSU nine contests this year, which includes a season best 23 at Tulsa. Her 8.8 boards rank first in the Southland Conference. Smith has scored in double figures eight times, including a career high 25 in the 72-69 victory over Western Illinois. Collectively, the Bearkats are shooting 34.1 percent from the field and 22.7 from long range, while grabbing 33.9 rebounds a game. SHSU is coached by Brenda Welch-Nichols who is in her second year in Huntsville.
Last Time Out
DeWanna Bonner had 17 points and 17 rebounds for her fifth double-double to lead Auburn to a 61-49 win over Stephen F. Austin on Monday night. Alli Smalley added 14 points for the Tigers, who bounced back after suffering their first loss Saturday against No. 10 Texas A&M to start a three-game Texas road trip. Bonner, who set a season-high for rebounds, hit 7-of-17 from the floor two nights after going just 3-for-12 against the Aggies. Jordan Greenleaf and Trevesha Jackson both added 10 for Auburn. Nikki Carr and Whitney Cormier each scored 15 points for SFA, which scored only 16 points in the first half.
This is the first meeting between between Auburn and Sam Houston State. It is the second straight game for Auburn vs. a team in the Southland Conference.
Auburn will break for Christmas before reconvening at the Hawk Classic on Dec. 28-29 in Philadelphia. The Tigers will take on Davidson in the opening round before facing either Saint Joseph's or NJIT on the 29th. Auburn returns home on Jan. 3 to host No. 22 George Washington at 6 p.m.