Fortner's Tigers Top Buckeyes to Win Tourney

Auburn remained unbeaten with a Sunday road win in women's hoops.

Columbus, Ohio--Tournament Most Valuable Player Whitney Boddie led Auburn to a 67-58 victory over host Ohio State in the finals of the Buckeyes' women's basketball tournament on Sunday.

Boddie, a junior point guard, scored 20 points, added 10 rebounds and seven assists as the 24th-ranked Tigers improved to 6-0. It was the first loss for Ohio State in six outings.

Sherrell Hobbs scored 21 points for the Tigers and added seven rebounds.

The team's leading scorer, DeWanna Bonner, missed the previous game with an illness, but was able to score 16 points despite not feeling well, Coach Nell Fortner said. "She is sick, but she was really outstanding," Fortner noted "She is such a difference-maker for us on both ends of the floor."

Hobbs and Bonner joined Boddie on the all-tournament team.

The Tigers got six points and eight rebounds from Trevesha Jackson.

"They did what we asked them to do and I am talking for 40 minutes," said Fortner, whose team jumped out to an early lead and held a 40-30 edge at halftime. "I am so proud of them."

Auburn shot 43.3 percent from the field, hit 2-5 threes and 13-21 foul shots. The Buckeyes made 43.1 percent of their shots, but were 0-10 on threes and just 8-16 on free throws. Auburn had 12 turnovers, two less than Ohio State.

The Tigers return to action on Friday vs. Cal-Riverside in the first round of a tournament at Arizona State that also includes Gonzaga.

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