Auburn Downs UAB 74-60 in Second Round of WNIT
Four Tigers scored in double figures to lead Auburn over UAB and into the third round of the WNIT.
March 18, 2007
AUBURN - Sherell Hobbs led four players in double figures and Auburn's defense held one of the nation's top three-point shooting teams to a single conversion as the Tigers dropped in-state foe Alabama-Birmingham 74-60 Sunday afternoon in the second round of the WNIT at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. The win advances Auburn (20-12) into a third round game at Virginia Tech.
Hobbs netted 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting, while DeWanna Bonner and Whitney Boddie each scored 16 points and Jordan Greenleaf added 10. Carmen Guzman of UAB (19-13) led all scorers with 30 points. The Blazers converted a total of 218 threes during the season, but got only one from Guzman on Sunday.
"One of our goals was to give up the two instead of the three," Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said. "I was real pleased with that. They only had one or two uncontested threes today. We were pretty much on them all day long."
Auburn got points from all four its double-digit scorers in a 10-2 run to open the second half. The offensive burst put the Tigers on top 45-26 less than five minutes into the frame, and they never led by fewer than 11 points for the remainder of the contest.
Bonner and Hobbs each scored 11 points in a first half that saw the Tigers jump out to a comfortable lead before allowing the Blazers back into the game. Auburn led 28-12 with less than six minutes to play in the period when UAB reeled of a 12-2 run to pull within six. The Tigers closed the half with a pair of free throws from Hobbs and a three-point play from Boddie to lead 35-24 at the break.
Auburn now holds a 27-4 all-time advantage over UAB and has won the last 13 match-ups. The Tigers also improved to 6-0 all-time in WNIT play.
Auburn will advance to play Virginia Tech on Thursday, Mar. 22nd in Blacksburg. Tip-off for that contest is currently scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.