Dec. 26, 2007
No. 15/15 AUBURN TIGERS (11-1)
DAVIDSON WILDCATS (6-4)
Dec. 28, 2007 Philadelphia, Pa.
3 pm CT Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse
The Tigers return to action after the Christmas break for their final regular season tournament
of the season. No. 15 Auburn will take on Davidson in the first round of the Hawk Classic as
the Tigers are currently on an eight-game tournament win streak dating back to last season.
The Tigers have strung together four straight tournament wins dating back to the Miami Holiday
Tournament last season. DeWanna Bonner leads the Tigers on both sides of the ball as she
averages 17.2 points and 9.3 rebounds a game. She also makes 88 percent of her free throws
and has had 12 blocks this season. Three more Tigers are also averaging in double figures -
Sherell Hobbs (11.6), Whitney Boddie (10.6) and Alli Smalley (10.0). Aiding Bonner on
defense is Hobbs, who grabs 2.8 steals a game and Boddie who puts up 6.4 rebounds a game.
Boddie also leads the team with 5.8 assists per game. Collectively, Auburn is shooting 46.1
percent overall, while making 37.2 percent of its shots from long range. Auburn is a 68.7 percent
free throw shooting team. The Tigers have limited its opponents to 36.0 percent shooting
from the field and a mere 24.4 percent from beyond the arc. Auburn dominates the boards,
grabbing 42.8 rebounds a game, while holding its opponents to 33.1 boards.
Davidson is coming off a 68-83 loss at Virginia on Dec. 20 where junior Mercedes Robinson
netted a career high 22 points and 13 rebounds. The Wildcats are 6-4 on the season with victories
over High Point, East Tennessee State, Winthrop, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and
UNC Asheville. The Wildcats other three losses have come from Georgia, Charlotte and
Georgia Tech. Robinson leads Davidson on both sides of the ball as she averages 11.8 points
and 7.4 rebounds a game. She is aided on offense by Julia Paquette who gets 9.5 points a
game. Defensively, Danielle Hemerka adds 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals a game. The Wildcats
are shooting 40.1 percent from the field, while its holding its opponents to 38.1 percent shooting.
Davidson makes 32.3 percent of its three-pointers and 76.2 percent of its free throws. The
Wildcats grab 39.2 rebounds a game, while its opponents have averaged 39.7. Annette Watts
is in her seventh year at Davidson, sporting a 105-81 record.
Last Time Out
DeWanna Bonner scored 24 points and No. 16 Auburn defeated Sam Houston State 80-36 on
Dec. 19. Bonner, who played only 21 minutes, shot 10-of-12 from the field and made all four
of her free throws. Alli Smalley added 12 points. All 11 Auburn players who played scored at
least one basket. Deltrice Daniel led Sam Houston State with 12 points. The Tigers scored 28
points off Sam Houston State turnovers and outscored the Bearkats 44-10 in the paint. Auburn
shot 58 percent from the field to Sam Houston State's 24 percent.
This is the first meeting between between Auburn and Davidson.