Scores

Final

Auburn 63

(19-12, 6-9 SEC)

South Carolina 65

(17-13, 7-8 SEC)

    1:00 PM ET, March 1, 2007

    1 2 T
    AUB 27 3663
    SC 27 3865

    Top Performers

    Auburn: D. Bonner 21 Pts, 5 Reb

    South Carolina: S. Booker 14 Pts, 2 Reb

    South Carolina 65, Auburn 63

    Associated Press

    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

     
    AUB
    SC
    Points 63 65
    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)
    Largest Lead 11 4

    Game Leaders

     
    AUB
    SC
    PointsD. Bonner 21S. Booker 14
    ReboundsJ. Greenleaf 6M. Johnson 11

    2006-07 Season

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