Sophomores Lead AU to Road Victory

Gainesville, Fla.--With 21 points apiece from sophomores DeWanna Bonner and Whitney Boddie, Auburn held off Florida 74-69 and evened its' record in SEC women's basketball play.

Playing Thursday night at the O'Connell Center, Auburn improved to 15-5 overall and 2-2 in the SEC while Florida fell to 0-3 in the league and 6-13 overall.

Bonner made it a double-double with 15 rebounds and fellow sophomore Sherrell Hobbs scored 19 points for the Tigers.

Auburn outrebounded the Gators 45-37 and made 22 free throws, 13 more than the home team.

For Boddie her 21 points are a career high. "Whitney was outstanding tonight, especially at the free-throw line down the stretch," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. Boddie was 11-14 on foul shots.

Bonner hit 8-13 field goals and 5-6 free throws while adding two steals and two blocks. "DeWanna made a tough, game-changing shot late that was big for us," Fortner said.

Auburn jumped to a 16-point first half lead, but led just 29-27 at intermission. Auburn scored nine straight points to start the second half. The Gators managed to cut the lead to one point with 5:47 left, but the Tigers nursed a narrow lead the rest of the way for the victory.

Florida got 26 points from Marshae Dotson and 24 from Sha Brooks.

The Tigers shot 43.3 percent and were 0-6 on threes while making 14 turnovers. Florida had 11 turnovers, shot 41.2 percent from the field and made 4-14 threes.

Auburn returns home for a 2 p.m. CST Sunday game vs. Kentucky.

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