Bonner Leads Tigers to Road Win at Arkansas

DeWanna Bonner has scored 58 points in her last two games including 28 on Sunday as Nell Fortner's Tigers picked up an SEC road victory.

Fayetteville, Ark.--DeWanna Bonner scored 28 points as Auburn took a 73-68 SEC women's basketball road victory on Sunday.

After losing the first leg of their road trip at Florida 73-67 on Thursday night, the Tigers evened their SEC record at 4-4 and improved to 16-7 overall. Arkansas dropped to 2-7 in the conference and 17-7 overall.

"We had a great effort from DeWanna Bonner," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "I thought she just took us on our back in the first half there."

Bonner, a 6-4 junior guard/forward, added nine rebounds for the Tigers, who got off to a slow start offensively. However, with Bonner scoring 12 points in the first 20 minutes, Auburn was able to take a 33-29 lead at halftime.

Bonner's point total was just two shy of her career-record of 30 set in Gainesville on Thursday. Against Arkansas she hit 10-19 field goals and was 7-7 at the foul line as the Tigers hit 18-23 free throws. Bonner didn't have a foul and added two steals and two blocks.

Sherrell Hobbs scored 15 points for the Tigers and Trevesha Jackson came off the bench to score a dozen points as she made all five of her field goals and added five rebounds.

A pair of freshmen contributed to the win. Alli Smalley scored 10 points and added five assists for the Tigers and Cassie Moore chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds.

"The key was coming in on the road and we shot the ball well," Fortner said. "We did today. At 49 percent, you can't ask for much better than that."

The Auburn coach said another key to the victory was a defensive change in the closing minutes as the Tigers switched from a man to man to a zone. That enabled the Tigers to pull away from the home team and take as much as a 12-point edge with under three minutes to play and allowed the visitors to hold off a barrage of last minute shots by the Lady Razorbacks.

Auburn made just 1-8 three-pointers while Arkansas made 6-14, but the Lady Razorbacks hit just 42.1 percent from the field. Ayana Brerton led Arkansas with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Auburn helped its cause with just nine turnovers, four fewer than the home team which had 39 rebounds, three more than the Tigers. Arkansas was 8-13 at the foul line.

The Tigers return to action with a 6 p.m. home contest vs. Alabama on Thursday. Auburn defeated the Tide in their first meeting this season, taking a 62-48 decision in Tuscaloosa.

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