Freshmen Lead Tigers to "Revenge" Game Win

A trio of freshmen led the Auburn women's basketball team to its fourth straight victory.

Auburn, Ala.--Freshman Keke Carrier came off the bench and scored more than a point a minute as Auburn cruised to a 91-70 women's basketball victory over Jacksonville State on Tuesday night.

Keke Carrier scores inside on the way to her second double-double this season.

The six-foot-seven freshman hit 10-14 field goals and scored a game-high 22 points while matching senior teammate Marita Payne for leading rebound honors with 10. Carrier, who also blocked a shot, did her damage in 19 minutes of playing time.

"I have come a long way since I arrived here in the summer," says the freshman. "I have learned a lot and I am doing a lot better job of getting up and down the court."

Another freshman, 6-4 guard DeWanna Bonner, scored a season-high 20 points for the Tigers and added six rebounds plus five assists.

Bonner says although she wasn't a part of the team last year, she and her teammates considered the game an important one because the Tigers were upset last year by JSU, which had never beaten Auburn before that game. She notes that at the bottom of the team's scouting report the word "REVENGE" was written in large, bold letters.

DeWanna Bonner hit 7-16 field goals and 2-4 three-pointers.

Payne, a senior center, hit 6-8 shots on the way to a 15-point performance. Auburn's all-time leading shotblocker did her thing again at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum and rejected four shots. It was her 11th career double-double.

Auburn's third freshman to score in double figures, point guard Whitney Boddie, added 10 points, seven assists and one steal.

Senior guard Nitasha Brown tied her career high with eight assists and had just one turnover to go with seven points.

Auburn shot 56.9 percent from the field while the Gamecocks had a good night shooting, too, making 51.1 percent of their field goals. A big edge for the Tigers was on the boards where the home team enjoyed a 38-23 advantage.

AU coach Nell Fortner said she was happy with her team's offensive performance after struggling at Duke, but noted the Tigers need work on defense. "We gave up way too many points," she said.

Auburn also held an edge in turnovers with 14 to 20 for JSU, which fell to 1-3 while the Tigers improved their record to 4-2 as they bounced back from a road loss to top-ranked Duke.

Auburn led 49-36 and ended all doubt with a 12-0 run to open the second half.

For the Tigers, it was a 37th straight homecourt win in the month of November as they improved their all-time record to 11-1 vs. JSU. Next on the schedule for the Tigers is a Friday night home game vs. Xavier.

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