Tigers Trounce Tigerettes, But Bonner Injured

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn women's basketball team beat Tuskegee 97-23 in an exhibition game at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday night that was never really a game. However, the Tigers could have suffered a big setback with a second half injury to DeWanna Bonner.

With 18:53 remaining in the game Bonner was hit in the nose by an elbow. She soaked a couple of rags with blood while walking off the court and was taken to get X-Rays following the game.

Fearing that it could be a break to the orbital bone, which head coach Nell Fortner said is speculation at until the X-Ray results are in, added that she "hopes it's just a broken nose."

"We don't know her status right now, but she's in good spirits," Fortner said. "It was more blood than I've ever seen before with a hit to the face. Hopefully she'll be okay."

Auburn scored the first 16 points before Shaleece Bradberry, the Tigerette's tallest starter at just 6-feet, banked in a 17-foot jumper more than six minutes in.

With a big height advantage for the Tigers even playing without KeKe Carrier for all but three of the first 20 minutes, Tuskegee's 19 first half turnovers were also costly as Auburn cashed in those possessions for 24 of their 40 points by halftime. Auburn led at that point 40-5.

Bonner, Alexis Ogubie and newcomer Tamela McCorvey, with eight points apiece, all outscored Tuskegee in the first half.

"Being able to get out and run was good for us tonight," Fortner said. "To hold a team to five points (at halftime), I don't care who you're playing, you have to be pleased with your defense."

The Tigers scored the first 23 points of the second half and led 63-5 at that point.

Despite playing just 14 minutes Carrier led Auburn in scoring with 16 points and contributed seven rebounds. Sherell Hobbs dropped a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards, point guard Whitney Boddie had just two points but dished out 10 assists, Joanna Clayden had 15 points on 5-12 shooting, all from three-point range, and Ogubie had 13 points and eight boards.

The only Tuskegee player with more than three points was Aisha Johnson with 15. The Tigerettes had 23 points and 27 turnovers.


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