Dec. 31, 2005
San Diego, Calif. - Auburn posted four players in double-figures en route to a 76-54 win over Loyola in the championship round of the Surf `N Slam Tournament Friday night at Cox Arena. The Tigers were led by 6-7 center Keke Carrier's 17 points while Lauren Troupe led the Greyhounds with a season-high 20 points. Loyola falls to 6-4 on the season while Auburn improves to 9-4.
The squads tied the contest three times early in the first half before a three-pointer by DeWanna Bonner gave Auburn a 9-6 advantage with 15:20 on the clock. The Tigers added another basket for an 11-6 lead before Troupe broke up their scoring with a jumper for Loyola at 12:52 for an 11-8 score. Auburn built their lead up to 16-8 with five points from Carrier, including a three-point play before Loyola baskets by Tynisha Davis and Troupe cut the margin to 16-12 with nine minutes left to play in the half. But the Greyhounds would get no closer as the Tigers would outscore them 21-8 over the remaining minutes for a 37-18 half-time score.
Early in the second half Loyola's Krystle Harrington worked to erase the deficit. After an exchange of baskets and the score set at 39-20, Harrington scored nine of the Greyhounds next 13 points in just over three minutes to reduce the Tigers lead to 47-33 with 13:54 to play. Vanessa Ruffin and Troupe each added two free-throws during Harrington's streak but the Tigers added eight points of their own to maintain their hold.
The Greyhounds continued to work and brought AU's lead down to 14 three more times behind the solid play of Troupe, Harrington and Davis. Harrington's three at 6:03 set the score at 66-52 in Auburn's favor but the Greyhounds would not get any closer and the Tigers scored the final seven points of the game for the 73-52 final.
As a team the Greyhounds out-rebounded the Tigers, 37-33. The Tigers mean while shot 57.4% from the floor and 55.6% from behind the arc.
Troupe led the game with a season-high 20 points and was named to the all-tournament team. Harrington added 13, all in the second half and a game-high nine assists. Davis added nine points off the bench.
Carrier led the Tigers with 17 points, 12 in the second half. Tournament MVP DeWanna Bonner added 15 points while Whitney Boddie and Nitasha Brown chipped in 13 and 11 points respectively. AU's Marita Payne pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
The Greyhounds return to conference play by hosting Saint Peter's in the New Year, Thursday, January 5.