COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Sherell Hobbs scored 21 points, Whitney Boddie had 20 and DeWanna Bonner added 16 Sunday to lead Auburn (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) past Ohio State (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) 67-58 for the Buckeye Classic title.
Hobbs had 13 points in the first half as the Tigers (6-0) built the lead to 16 before the Buckeyes (5-1) rallied to trail 40-30 at the break. Jantel Lavender scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half for Ohio State.The Buckeyes pulled to 63-55 with 3:50 to play, but Boddie put back an uncontested rebound after Trevesha Jackson missed both free throws to put an end to Ohio State's comeback bid.Auburn was 18-of-32 (56.3 percent) from the field in the first half, but just eight of 28 in the second. They were able to maintain the lead by making 10 of 17 free throws in the final 20 minutes.Ohio State was averaging 80.2 points per game but missed all 10 of its 3-point attempts and committed 14 turnovers to 12 for the Tigers.