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Auburn women hold off Alabama

From Staff Reports

TUSCALOOSA — The Auburn women’s basketball team led by as many as 11 points Sunday afternoon at Alabama but held on at the end for a 62-58 win.

“I’m really proud of how we grinded this one out,” Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said. “We made plays when we had to have them.”

Auburn grew its lead to 11 at 47-36 with a pair of Jordan Greenleaf free throws at the 13:43 mark of the second half. But in the next 12 minutes, Alabama outscored the Tigers 22-12 to make the margin only one at 59-58 with less than a minute to play.

After both teams failed to score on their next possession, Sherell Hobbs missed a short jumper with 17 seconds to play, but at the other end of the floor, she forced Alabama’s Nikki Davis to lose the ball. Whitney Boddie saved it from going out of bounds and was knocked to the floor by the Tide’s Leah Drury for a foul.

Boddie went to the foul line and nailed both free throws to give Auburn a 61-58 lead.

On Alabama’s next possession, Davis crossed midcourt again and lost the ball out of bounds. Alyson Butler fouled Boddie after the inbound pass, and she again stepped to the line and knocked down two free throws to put the game out of reach.

“We just have not yet learned to be a physical basketball team,” Alabama head coach Stephany Smith said. “We were physical for spurts of today’s game, but I thought Auburn was on every possession and that was the difference.”

Navonda Moore scored 15 points to lead Alabama (10-7, 0-2 SEC) before fouling out with 8:53 remaining. Talisha Chandler had 11 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.

Hobbs led Auburn with 15 points, while Greenleaf notched a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 boards. Boddie also netted 12 points to round out the double-digit scoring for the Tigers (14-4, 1-1).

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