No. 15 Women's Basketball To Play Davidson In First Round Of Hawk Classic



Dec. 26, 2007

No. 15/15 AUBURN TIGERS (11-1)
Dec. 28, 2007 • Philadelphia, Pa.
Hawk Classic
3 pm CT • Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse

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Scouting Auburn
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.

Scouting Davidson
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.

Series Record
This is the first meeting between between Auburn and Davidson.