24th-Ranked Tigers Win Again

Rochester, Mich.--Auburn rallied in the final minutes to preserve its unbeaten record with a 71-63 women's basketball victory vs. Oakland University on Wednesday night.

DeWanna Bonner led the 14th-ranked Tigers with 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Tigers improved to 4-0 with their first road victory of the season. Fellow junior Whitney Boddie had a big night, too, scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds while dishing out four assists.

Bonner hit 10-18 field goals and 5-7 foul shots. Boddie hit 7-15 shots from the field and was 5-7 at the foul line.

The Tigers hit jus 37.1 percent of their field goals, hit 20 percent from three-point range and struggled at the foul line, making just 16-27 shots.

"It was a poor shooting night," said Auburn coach Nell Fortner. "The shots weren't dropping for us. We had to find other ways to win."

The Tigers did that by turning up the defensive intensity in the final 10 minutes of the game to overcome a six-point deficit vs. the Golden Grizzlies, who fell to 2-1 with the loss. The Tigers scored 11 of the game's final 15 points.

The Tigers also went to work on the offensive boards, finishing with 19 for the game, on the way to taking a 53-44 rebounding edge.

Jordan Greenleaf scored eight points and added a game-leading 12 rebounds for the Tigers, who got six points apiece from Alli Smalley, Sherrell Hobbs and Tamela McCorvey, whose three-point basket put the Tigers ahead for good. The Tigers made just 3-15 three-point attempt.

McCorvey's trey with 3:45 left put the Tigers on top 62-59 of a game that the Tigers led 34-28 at halftime.

Guard Melissa Jeltema led the losers with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Oakland hit 38.2 percent of its field goals and was 4-18 on threes and 7-11 on foul shots. Oakland turend the ball over 14 times, two more than Auburn.

Auburn returns to action at noon CST on Saturday vs. Winston-Salem State in a tournament at Ohio State, which matches Colgate vs. the host team in the other half of the first round doubleheader.

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