Bonner, Outside Shooting Keys Auburn 82-52 Rout Over Georgia

Auburn, AL --- In a game that was meant to be a clash between two bitter rivals, the #22 Auburn Tigers dominated the #10 Georgia Bulldogs with the 82-52 victory.

"I'm a really happy coach today," Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said, "The team responded to a couple of really tough practices this week, and really showed who we were."

Auburn's big win was led by their outside shooting as they went 6-10 from beyond the arc, and shot 46% from the field overall. The Tigers' tenacious defense also keyed into the victory as forwards Jordan Greenleaf and Dewanna Bonner doubled down on Georgia's two tall forwards, Tasha Humphrey and Angel Robinson.

Auburn also kept the ball out of Tasha Humphrey's hands by running the floor, keeping the Bulldogs from really getting into their half-court sets.

"We want to play up tempo," Fortner said, "Georgia doesn't usually play a lot of players. We wanted to wear them down."

Combined, Robinson and Humphrey were only able to contribute 11 points and 11 rebounds, while picking up eight fouls. With Georgia's advantage on the inside taken away, they were forced to settle for the outside shot. For the game, the Bulldogs shot just 30% from the field.

"Our shooting percentage from the inside was awful," Georgia head coach Andy Landers said, "We were able to make some good passes to the inside, but there were times where we would miss put backs from two feet out."

While Georgia wasn't able to put much of anything into the basket, the Auburn Tigers had five players score 12 points or more in this contest.

The leading performer for Auburn was forward Dewanna Bonner. For the game, she had 21 points and 13 rebounds to give her a double-double. She shot 7-14 from the field, but hit 2-3 from three point range.

"I think we just got some good shots up at the beginning of the game," Auburn forward Dewanna Bonner said, "We had the mindset that we could beat the number 10 team in the country."

Georgia's lone bright spot came from sophomore guard Ashley Houts' performance. She was the leading scorer for Georgia with 15 points, while shooting 4-7 from the field. Georgia's usual leading performer, Tasha Humphrey, only spent 23 minutes on the floor due to foul trouble and only picked up nine points and seven rebounds.

"There were always two or three people around me in the post," Georgia forward Tasha Humphrey said, "It's hard to score with that many people surrounding me."

With the victory, Auburn moves to 13-4 overall, and 1-1 in the SEC. Georgia falls to 14-2, 1-1 in the SEC. The road doesn't get any easier for the Bulldogs as they face off against Vanderbilt in Nashville on Thursday. Auburn's next opponent is Kentucky in Lexington next Sunday.

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