Nov. 17, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. - The UAB women's basketball team dropped its Saturday afternoon contest at Auburn, 93-66, at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Despite dropping the contest and moving to 1-2 on the season, the Blazers had three players score in double figures, led by senior guard Crystal McFadden with 24 points.
Auburn, who has been receiving votes in the USA Today's ESPN Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, saw its record move to 3-0 on the season.
After a quick four points by Auburn to start the game, UAB responded and took a 9-8 lead over the Tigers at the 15:16 mark. Auburn went on a 11-3 run to take a 19-12 lead with 10:48 left in the first half.
The Tigers continued to build their lead, going up by as much as 22 points in the first half and holding a 45-27 lead at the half.
UAB senior Diamond Rogers had a team-high 10 points at the break, hitting four shots and a pair of free throws. DeWanna Bonner was Auburn's leading scorer at halftime, hitting 5-of-11 and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe for 14 points.
Auburn extended its lead back to 22 in the beginning of the second half before UAB cut the lead to 12, 65-53, on a layup by McFadden with 10:10 left in the game. The Blazers' run was cut short when the Tigers went up by 27, 93-66, on a pair of free throws by Alexis Ogubie to close out the game.
Overall, UAB shot 43.6 percent from the field and 86.7 percent from the free throw line. McFadden paced the Blazers with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Rogers added 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Britney Jones rounded out UAB's double-digit scorers with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
Auburn sank 32-of-61 for a 52.5 shooting percentage. The Tigers also made 38 trips to the free throw line, making 24 of them for a 63.2 percentage.
Bonner led Auburn with 31 points on 10-of-16 shooting and 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Alli Smalley racked up 20 points, led by four from beyond the arc. Sherell Hobbs tallied 12 points and Whitney Boddie added 10. Bonner also recorded a double-double with 12 boards to go along with her 31 points.
"We dug ourselves into a hole early and we couldn't recover," said UAB head coach Audra Smith. "We got outrebounded and we sent them to the free throw line too many times.
"Auburn played a good game. They have a great team and some real talent on that squad."
Next on the schedule for UAB is a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii to compete in the Jack In The Box Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Blazers will open play at the tournament on Nov. 23 against Hartford.