Tigers Now 14-0 After Winning Miami Tourney

The Auburn women's basketball team remained unbeaten with a road victory over the Miami Hurricanes.

Coral Gables, Fla.--Whitney Boddie earned Most Valuable Player honors as the Tigers improved their record to 14-0 with a 68-53 women's basketball victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the championship game of the Miami Holiday Classic.

The senior point guard scored nine points, added nine rebounds and dished out eight assists for the ninth-ranked Tigers on Tuesday night at BankUnited Center. Boddie had five of Auburn's 13 steals.

"I thought Whitney Boddie had a tremendous two days of basketball, her assist-to-turnover ratio was just outstanding with 21 assists to five turnovers, and she looked to score the ball also," said Auburn coach Fortner. "So, it was not just that she was helping her teammates out, but she was looking to score herself and that makes her a very dangerous player."

Senior forward DeWanna Bonner led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points and finished with eight rebounds. Bonner also had five assists and four steals.

The Tigers got 16 points, four rebounds and three steals from sophomore guard Alli Smalley while junior center Keke Carrier came off the bench to chip in with 14 points and six rebounds.

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

Shenise Johnson led Miami, which is now 9-4, with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Auburn trailed 32-30 at halftime after leading by as many as six points in the first 20 minutes.

I think we settled in to how Miami played and found our spots to score in the second half," said Fortner. "This team kind of has a tendency to get a feel for a team and then start attacking them; they have been that way all year so I don't know if that is going to change."

Auburn shot 43.6 percent from the field to 37.5 for the home team. The Tigers won the rebounding battle 38-32.

Auburn hit 5-9 threes to 4-15 for Miami and the Tigers made 15-19 foul shots while the Hurricanes were 7-8 at the free throw line.

The Tigers return to action with a 2 p.m. home game on Saturday vs. Stephen F. Austin.


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