3:00 PM ET, January 18, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Auburn coach Nell Fortner often wishes senior guard DeWanna Bonner could be everywhere at once.On Sunday against Arkansas, she seemed to be.Bonner scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Auburn (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) remained unbeaten with a 70-61 victory over Arkansas. It was Bonner's sixth double-double of the season as she currently leads the Southeastern Conference in scoring at 20 points per game."[Bonner] is a pretty special player," Fortner said. "With 19 points and 14 boards, that's a pretty nice day at the office. She's such a versatile player. She can play anywhere on the floor. That's what makes her so dangerous."Whitney Boddie scored 12 points and had 10 assists to help fuel the Tigers' offense, currently ranked best in the Southeastern Conference.The loss for Arkansas (11-7 overall, 0-3 SEC) was its fourth in a row, with its last win against Stetson on Dec. 31.Trailing by 15 in the first half, Ceira Ricketts helped Arkansas in a furious comeback late in the first half with an 18-7 run, cutting Auburn's lead to four points at halftime. Ricketts finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, what athletic officials suspected was the first triple-double performance in Arkansas history. Her 12 assists also tied a school record for most assists in a conference game."I think she showed me what it is I've been trying to drive her to do since day one," Arkansas coach Tom Collen said. "It's about just being more assertive, more aggressive. I think when she does that, we're a better team offensively."In the first minute of the second half, Arkansas tied the game at 34 after back-to-back layups from Whitney Jones and Lyndsay Harris, who finished with 13 points.Boddie quickly responded with two jumpers in the next 2 minutes, giving the Tigers a lead they never gave up."We're pleased with the win," Fortner said. "Really thought we did some nice things in the second half to pull away from Arkansas. At times, they can be a tough team to guard with all the 3-point shooters on the floor. But we had some nice offensive runs and pulled away."
|FG Made-Attempted||26-66 (.394)||26-60 (.433)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-10 (.300)||5-22 (.227)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-21 (.714)||4-10 (.400)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||10 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|