Tigers Top Tide For Women's Hoops Win

Auburn picked up its 14th victory of the season, defeating the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.--Sophomore guard Whitney Boddie iced the victory for Auburn by making four free throws in the final nine seconds as the Tigers took a 63-58 women's basketball victory over Alabama on Sunday.

The Tigers evened their SEC record at 1-1 and improved to 14-4 while the losing Crimson Tide team dropped to 10-6 overall and 0-2 in the SEC.

Boddie stretched Auburn's lead to 61-58 with two free throws with 8.9 seconds remaining after being fouled following a steal by Sherrell Hobbs, who made an acrobatic behind the back pass to Boddie as she was falling out of bounds. Four seconds later Boddie iced the game with two more free throws.

"She stepped up when she needed to," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said of Boddie. The Tigers made 20-25 free throws on a day in which they struggled with their shooting from the field.

Auburn hit just 33.9 percent of its field goals and was just 1-8 on threes. Alabama hit 5-18 threes and 34.8 percent of its overall shots. The Tide was 7-11 on free throws.

Hobbs, a sophomore, led the Tigers with 15 points. Freshman Jordan Greenleaf, who was averaging 4.7 points and 5.7 rebounds, stepped up with a big game. She scored a dozen points and added the same number of rebounds.

Auburn's leading scorer, DeWanna Bonner, was held to eight points as she hit 4-12 field goals. The Tigers got nine points from Tamela McCorvey and eight from Boddie.

Auburn led 33-29 at halftime and built the lead to 11 points with a pair of foul shots by Greenleaf with 13:43 to play.

Auburn's coach noted she wasn't particularly impressed with the officiating in Tuscaloosa. "We couldn't get a call inside," said Fortner, who improved her record to 3-1 vs. Auburn's rival. "I thought we attacked the basket. They were doing what we were asking them and we couldn't get a call. That is very, very frustrating."

Navonda Moore, a senior forward, led Alabama with 15 points. Talisa Chandler added 11 for Bama.

Alabama out-rebounded the Tigers 45-43, but had 16 turnovers, three more than the winners.

The Tigers are off until next Sunday when they play Arkansas at 2 p.m. at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

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