Ole Miss to Take on AU In SEC Opener

Auburn, Ala.--Winners of 10 of their last 11 games, Coach Nell Fortner's Auburn women's basketball team will open Southeastern Conference play Thursday night against the Ole Miss Lady Rebels.

Tipoff time from Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. with television coverage on Fox Sports Net.

Auburn, which is 13-3, comes into the game with four straight victories, including a 79-61 win over host University of Miami in its last outing in the finals of the Miami Holiday Tournament.

Ole Miss comes into the game with an 11-4 record with its last contest an 87-50 victory on Tuesday night vs. Nicholls State.

The Lady Rebels feature All-American candidate Arminitie Price, a 5-9 senior guard who is averaging 19.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for Coach Carol Ross. Price is also a standout on defense and she averages 4.3 assists per game and 3.9 steals.

Alliesha Easley, a 5-8 freshman guard, is scoring 10.6 points per contest for Ole Miss.

Auburn is led by 6-4 sophomore forward DeWanna Bonner, the SEC Player of the Week, who is scoring 15.9 points per contest and averaging 9.1 rebounds. Sherrell Hobbs, a 5-11 sophomore guard, is scoring 11.1 points and averaging 4.1 rebounds for the Tigers.

Auburn leads the series vs. Ole Miss 24-19, but has lost the last two games vs. the Lady Rebels who are shooting 42.2 percent from the field while allowing opponents to make 39.0 of their shots. The Rebels have been successful on the boards, averaging nearly 10 more per contest than their opponents.

The Tigers are shooting 46.0 percent from the field and allowing opponents to hit 35.5 percent. Auburn is plus 9.2 per game in rebound margin.

Auburn's other projected starters are 6-7 sophomore center Keke Carrier (9.3 points, 6.0 rebounds), 6-1 freshman forward Jordan Greenleaf (4.4 points, 5.5 rebounds) and 5-9 junior guard Tamela McCovery (9.8 points, 2.7 rebounds).

DeWanna Bonner

Off the bench sophomore Whitney Boddie is averaging 5.5 points and 4.3 assists for the Tigers. Sophomore forward Trevesha Jackson is scoring 7.6 points per game as a part-time starter and senior guard Joanna Clayden is contributing 7.0 points per game. Clayden, who has hit 34-80 (42.5 percent) treys, is Auburn's top outside shooting threat.

Tickets for the game are $1 dollar and the first 500 fans will receive an Auburn coffee mug.

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