HUNTSVILLE -- The Auburn Tigers, ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division I women's basketball, come to Johnson Coliseum Wednesday night to take on Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m.
The Tigers will be the highest ranked NCAA Division I women's team to play at Johnson Coliseum since Stephen F. Austin came to Huntsville ranked No. 4 nationally in 1992.
Sam Houston is the third and final contest on a three-game Texas trip for the Tigers. Auburn lost in a thriller, 62-60, Saturday to No. 9 Texas A&M.
The Tigers defeated Stephen F. Austin Monday night in Nacogdoches, 61-49. The victory over the Jacks moved Auburn to 10-1 for the season. The Tigers had a 10-day break from competition for exams before the trip to Texas.
The Tigers are led by DeWanna Bonner who averages a team best 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds a game. Bonner scored her 1,000th career point against Colgate to become the 23rd player in school history to reach the barrier.
She also became the 11th player ever at Auburn to have both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
Sherell Hobbs adds 13.2 points and Whitney Boddie contributes 11.7 to the Tigers offense. Boddie also dishes out 6.6 assists per game, while Hobbs grabs 2.0 steals per contest.
After shooting a season best 57.6 percent vs. Colgate, the Tigers continue to improve their average for the year - 46.7 percent from the field and 40.7 from beyond the arc., which ranks them second and first respectively in the SEC. Auburn holds its opponents to 37.7 percent shooting from the field and 24.7 from long range; both numbers good enough for top five in the SEC.
Sam Houston stands 1-9 for the season. The Bearkats picked up their first
victory of the season Nov. 24 at a tournament in Tulsa, defeating Western
Illinois 72-69. But the Sam Houston women have lost four in a row since then
against top competition falling 84-51 at Texas Tech, 91-41 at Texas, 89-62
at Arkansas, and 69-48 in Huntsville against Arkansas-Little Rock.
Lydia Gonzales (13.9 pts., 8.8 reb.), Whitney Smith (12.8 pts., 4.6 reb.),
and Britney Harris (7.2 pts., 1.9 reb.) lead the Bearkats this season.