1:00 PM ET, March 1, 2007
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- South Carolina rallied from a second-half deficit of 11 points to beat Auburn 65-63 on Thursday to win the opening game of the Southeastern Conference women's tournament.A lay-up by Ilona Burgrova with 20 seconds left gave South Carolina a 64-63 lead. The final margin was South Carolina's biggest lead of the second half.After Burgrova's basket, DeWanna Bonner missed from 8 feet for Auburn, and the scramble for the rebound led to a jump ball with 3.6 seconds left -- giving possession to the Gamecocks.Stacy Booker led South Carolina (17-13) with 14 points. Lakesha Tolliver had 12 points and Lauren Simms added 11 for the Gamecocks.Bonner led Auburn (19-12) with 21 points. Keke Carrier added 14 points.South Carolina and Auburn each posted 6-8 regular-season records in the conference.The big lead for each team was only four points before Bonner sparked a 9-0 run with a three-point play. Auburn led 48-37 at the end of the stretch with 11 minutes left in the game.South Carolina answered with a 17-6 run, including 8 straight points, to pull even at 54-54 with 6:07 left.A basket by Melanie Johnson tied the game. Johnson, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds, scored again with 5:21 left to give South Carolina a 56-55 lead.Bonner leads Auburn with her average of 15.1 points per game, but the sophomore was held scoreless in South Carolina's 70-61 win over the Tigers on Feb. 15 in Columbia, S.C. Bonner was 0-for-8 from the field.Bonner needed only a few seconds to make sure she didn't repeat that scoreless performance in the postseason rematch. Bonner scored off the opening tipoff and had 10 points in the first half.A basket by South Carolina's Brionna Dickerson late in the first half left the game tied at 27-27 at halftime.Alexis Ogubie didn't play in the first half but had six points in the first seven minutes of the second half as the Tigers took a 44-37 lead.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-50 (.380)||26-63 (.413)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-6 (.333)||5-15 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||23-28 (.821)||8-16 (.500)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||22 (0/0)|