Auburn Throttles Lehigh, 85-49
March 21, 2009
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -Southeastern Conference player of the year DeWanna Bonner and Auburn made Lehigh's second trip to the NCAA tournament just as short as the first one.
Bonner scored 26 points and led an early 21-3 spurt that carried the second-seeded Tigers to an 85-49 victory over 15th-seeded Lehigh in a first-round game in the Oklahoma City regional.
Whitney Boddie had eight points and nine assists in becoming the career assists leader at Auburn (30-3). Trevesha Jackson added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers, who opened an 18-point lead in the first eight minutes and never looked back.
Erica Prosser had 14 points and Alex Ross 10 for Lehigh (26-7), the regular-season and tournament champion of the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks were crushed by Connecticut 103-35 in their other NCAA tournament appearance in 1997.