Tigers Dominate Inside in Victory

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn (9-2) outscored Ohio (5-3) 44-4 in the paint and defeated the Bobcats 73-54 on Wednesday night. KeKe Carrier had 22 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes and DeWanna Bonner added 16 points and 15 boards.

"When I first got into the game I wanted to dominate," Carrier said. "Coach (Nell Fortner) said, ‘KeKe I want you to dominate.' I told coach I would."

The Tigers also got 12 points on 4-5 shooting from long range from Joanna Clayden.

"We got scoring from a lot of different facets and that was good," Fortner said. "KeKe dominated inside, Joanna came off the bench and hit threes and we had DeWanna just cleaning the boards. We had a lot of things work and I think you're starting to see some of our depth step up to the plate."

Carrier's size caused problems for the Bobcats.

Auburn held a 17-point lead at 56-39 with eight and half minutes remaining, but the sharp-shooting Bobcats shrunk the deficit to eight on a three by Lauren Kohn with just over four minutes to play. That's when Clayden burried a pair of threes on consecutive possessions to put it out of reach.

"That was huge," Fortner noted. "Were were up eight and she came in and opened the game up."

Ohio hit just 8-34 shots inside the three-point arch, but the Bobcats stayed in the game by hitting 11-27 outside the arch.

"Those girls can shoot," Bonner said. "They had good penetration and kicking. They have some really good shooters out there. They never gave up even when they were down with the large lead."

For the Tigers it was the first game since Dec. 6 because of final exams. Fortner said the Tigers had a good week of practice leading up to the game and she liked how her team responded after the layoff.

"I thought that was a good effort by our team," she noted. "We've come off a long week of finals. We had kids taking finals up to 4:30 today and I thought they did a really good job of handling their business with their academic work and putting in two good solid days of practice on Monday and Tuesday."

The next game for the Tigers is at nationally-ranked George Washington on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.

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