Hot-Shooting Tigers Win Miami Tournament

Coral Gables, Fla. ---Hot-shooting Auburn won its second women's basketball tournament title of the season as the Tigers defeated host Miami in the University of Miami Holiday Classic on Friday night.

The Tigers improved to 13-3 with the 79-61, their final game before beginning conference play. Auburn hit 60.4 percent of its field goals, including 5-9 three-pointers.

DeWanna Bonner was named the tournament MVP as she scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Earlier this season the Tigers won a tournament in Reno, Nev.

The Tigers jumped on the Hurricanes early by shooting a blistering 71.4 percent in the first half to build a 45-25 lead late in the period.

The game was tied at 11-11 before the Tigers hit a hot streak in which they didn't miss a shot for the final 11 minutes of the first half and took a 47-28 lead into the locker room.

Miami cut the lead to 11 points in the second half, but the Tigers pulled away down the stretch for the comfortable lead against the Hurricanes, who fell to 9-6. Auburn advanced to the finals with an overtime victory over James Madison.

."We came here to win a championship and that's what we did," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "The team has been coached to have a championship mentality and we saw it from them."

Tamela McCovery scored 12 points for the Tigers and sophomore point guard Whitney Boddie set a personal record with 11 assists in a reserve role. Every player on the Auburn roster scored.

Auburn out-rebounded the home team 40-25 and had 17 turnovers while Miami had 14. The Hurricanes shot 41.1 percent from the field and were led by Renee Taylor's 19 points.

The Tigers return to action with a 7 p.m. Thursday home game vs. Ole Miss.

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