Steele's Heroics Lift No. 20/19 GW Over No. 18/18 Auburn
Steele's Triple With 1.1 Seconds Left Boosts Colonials
Jan. 3, 2008
AUBURN, AL (AP) - Lisa Steele made a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining to clinch a 68-66 victory for No. 20/19 George Washington over No. 18/18 Auburn Thursday night.
The winning basket was Steele's only shot in just five minutes of play for the Colonials (11-3) as they handed the Tigers (12-3) their second straight loss - the first back-to-back losses for Auburn this season.
Freshman Alli Smalley led Auburn with 17 points. She also added five assists and nine rebounds. Dewanna Bonner had her seventh double-double this season with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Auburn.
Smalley was filling in for starting point guard Whitney Boddie. Boddie and Keke Carrier are both academically ineligible for Auburn. Carrier is out for the season, but Auburn coach Nell Fortner said Boddie's status will be revealed in the next couple of days.
Auburn's biggest struggles came from the free throw line. The Tigers shot only 64.3 percent during the game.
GW concludes its non-conference schedule against Brown in Washington, DC, Sunday at 2:00 pm.
NOTES: With a game-high 18 points, senior Sarah-Jo Lawrence passed Mary K. Nordling for 18th place on GW's career scoring list with 1,143 ... With a game-high seven assists, senior Kimberly Beck now has 600 career assists, the first player in program history to hit 600 ... Junior Jessica Adair moved into eighth place on GW's career blocks list, now with 86 ... GW improved to 4-1 in games decided by five points or less this season.