January 13, 2008

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.

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Huge Win In The Works

Auburn, AL --- While Auburn came into this game as the underdog, they have played like the a heavy favorite. With 3:47 to go, Auburn leads 76-44. Most of the starters on both sides are now out of the game, and it looks like both teams just want to get this one into the books.

For Georgia, the lone bright spot in this game has been the play of sophomore point guard Ashley Houts. She is the Bulldogs leading scorer with 15. She was 4-7 from the field, and hit all 7 of her free throw attempts. Meanwhile, Tasha Humphrey and Angel Robinson each combined for 11 points and eight fouls.

Four Auburn players have 12 points, but forward Dewanna Bonner was the MVP on both sides of the ball. She led Auburn in points with 21, and led them in rebounds with 13.

Today's almost certain victory for Auburn is their biggest win of the season besting their previous best of 75-69 over #14 Arizona State on this floor in early December. The Tigers appeared battle ready in today's contest as they played much tougher opponents in their non-conference schedule.

Meanwhile, Georgia will have to knock the rust off quickly as they head to Nashville for a big match-up against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

The Rout Is On

Auburn, AL --- With 6"01 to play in the game, Auburn has the 70-44 lead. The Tigers have al but put this game in the books. Taking a look at the Georgia bench, there is very little energy and the team appears to have come to the realization that this game is over.

While Tasha Humphrey has had significant minutes in the second half, even with four fouls, her effect on the game has been very minimal. Auburn's combination of Jordan Greenleaf and Dewanna Bonner has kept her off of the stat sheets for the most part.

Dewanna Bonner now has her double-double with 19 points and ten rebounds. Tigers junior guard Sherell Hobbs has also contributed in a major way with 10 points, most of qhich have come in the second half.

Auburn Taking Over The Game

Auburn, AL --- The score is now 56-37 Auburn. It is their biggest lead of the game. UGA's shooting woes continue as they have just not been able to hit much of anything from the outside.

Both of UGA's top forwards, Tasha Humphrey and Angel Robinson, have four fouls. Each of them are still playing, but obviously must do so tentatively in order to keep from being disqualified.

While Humphrey and Bonner have not been able to make their presence in the game, Auburn forward Dewanna Bonner has been dominant from inside the lane and on the outside. She leads the Tigers in points with 19, and is one rebound away from a double-double.

UGA, AU Trading Buckets

Auburn, AL --- With 15:13 left in the second half, Auburn is holding onto their 13 point advantage with the score standing at 50-37.

On the last bucket, Tasha Humphrey picked up her fourth foul when Auburn's senior guard Tamela McCorvey drove inside and drew the foul on her floater.

UGA will now have to rely on their guard play to get them back into this contest.

Tigers Pounce on Dogs Before Half

Auburn, AL --- At half time, the Auburn Tigers lead 42-29. They have dominated the pace of the game, and have played tenacious defense leading to many points off of turnovers.

If not for a late three pointer from UGA forward Megan Darrah, the Bulldogs would be down by 16. The biggest story for Georgia right now is their lack of presence on the inside. Auburn is outrebounding Georgia by a 21-14 margin even though the Tigers' tallest player on the floor is Dewanna Bonner at 6' 4". The task of picking up bals off the boards now becomes more difficult for Georgia as Tasha Humphrey has three fouls.

She leads the Tigers in scoring with 12 points. Bonner and the rest of the Tigers have hit five three pointers, and have shot the ball from the outside very well.

In order for Auburn to continue to pull off the upset at home, they will need to continue their defense and push the tempo of the game.

Tigers lead by 13

Auburn, AL --- With 3:01 to play, Auburn leads 36-23. Auburn's fast start has slowed down a good bit on the offensive end as they are shooting less from the outside, turning the ball over more and not creating as many fast break opportunities.

Georgia continues to settle for the outside show though and has not been able to take advantage of their size advantage over the Tigers. The Bulldogs interior presnce in Angel Robinson and Tasha Humphrey has ben very limited. They have combined for four points, and Humphrey is on the bench now with three fouls.

Tigers Lead Early

Auburn, AL --- Auburn's Dewanna Bonner has gotten the Tigers off to a fast start. At the first timeout, Auburn leads 11-7 over Georgia with the help of her five points. Tamela McCorvey also has a three.

For Georgia, they have been unable to set up in the half court offense. Auburn has been controlling the tempo early, and has been pushing the all up and down the floor. While Tasha Humphrey and Angel Robinson, UGA's big contributors on the inside, have been around the ball quite a bit and have been able to pick up the rebounds they usually get to. However, they have not been able to put the ball into the basket.

With 15:05 remaining in the first half, Auburn leads 11-7.