Tigers Bear Down to Earn 11th Hoops Victory

Auburn, Ala.--DeWanna Bonner put together her fifth double-double of the season as the Auburn women's basketball team defeated Oakland University 74-55 on Thursday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Bonner scored 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers, who improved to 11-3 with the victory. Sherrell Hobbs scored 17 points and pulled down five rebounds.

Bonner hit 7-15 field goals, was 4-6 at the foul line and added four assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Hobbs hit 7-13 shots, 3-3 free throws and added four assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

The Tigers also got 14 points off the bench from the team's lone senior, Joanna Clayden.

Nicole Piggot with 19 points and Jessica Pike with 14 were the leading scorers for the Grizzlies, who dropped to 4-7 for the season. Piggot hit 6-15 field goals.

Auburn hit 49.2 percent from the field while holding Oakland to 35.7 percent shooting. The Tigers were 11-15 at the foul line and 5-14 threes. Oakland hit 14-17 free throws and 1-7 threes.

"That was a good way to finish our pre-holiday schedule," Auburn Coach Nell Fortner said. "We had to work hard for 40 minutes, and I'm proud that we maintained our focus."

Early in the game it looked like the Tigers could win in a rout as they took a 23-8 lead, but by halftime the visitors had narrowed the margin to 41-34 thanks to 14 first half turnovers for AU.

Auburn sizzled from the field in the first half, hitting 58.6 percent. although the shooting cooled to 40 percent in the second half, the turnovers dropped from 14 to six enabling AU to win by a comfortable margin.

The Grizzlies cut the lead to 43-38 in the second half, but that was a close as they could get in a game in which Auburn led from start to finish.

The Tigers enjoyed a 39-32 rebounding edge and outscored the visitors in the paint 40-32.

Auburn returns to action next Thursday as the Tigers take on James Madison at 4 p.m. CST in a tournament game in Miami, Fla.

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