GW Women's Hoops Rallies but Falls to Auburn, 69-59
Dec. 12, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's basketball team rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to tie the score with 13 minutes to go, but could not get over the hump in a hard-fought 69-59 loss to Auburn on Wednesday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Senior Shi-Heria Shipp posted her first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. Four Colonials scored in double figures for the first time since the season opener against UT Arlington, led by senior Megan Nipe's 13 points. Graduate student Tara Booker recorded 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks, as she and Nipe each drained three triples in the game. In addition, freshman Aaliyah Brown tallied a career-high 10 points in just 11 minutes off the bench.
Shipp scored GW's first six points, as the Colonials led, 6-4, after five and a half minutes, but Auburn (7-2) took the lead a minute later and never trailed again. A three-pointer by Brown knotted the game at 9-9 with 11:18 to play in the first half, but the Tigers responded with a 12-4 run to take an eight-point lead at 21-13.
GW (4-5) pulled within four points three times over the next four and a half minutes, and it was 25-21 with just under three minutes to go in the half when Auburn guard Najat Ouardad knocked down a three-pointer, igniting an 11-0 run which included eight straight points by Blanche Alverson. A pair of free throws by Brown just before the buzzer made it 36-23 at halftime.
Auburn took its largest lead of the game, 41-25, early in the second half on a tip-in by Hasina Muhammad, but the Colonials came roaring back with 16 straight points to pull even at 41-41 with 12:58 left. Nipe had eight points during that stretch, including a pair of three-pointers.
Muhammad responded with four points in 26 seconds, as she hit a jumper then got a steal and fastbreak layup, sparking a 15-6 run that saw the Tigers take the lead for good.
With Auburn leading by nine, 56-47, with just under seven minutes to play, the Colonials used a 10-2 spurt to pull within one. Booker sank a pair of three-pointers during the stretch, as she combined with sophomore Chakecia Miller for all 10 of GW's points.
Muhammad again ended the run on Auburn's next possession, converting a three-point play, and Alverson followed with a big three-pointer with three minutes remaining to give the Tigers a seven-point cushion, 64-57. Auburn scored 11 of the game's final 13 points for the 69-59 win.
Muhammad led Auburn with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, and she added nine steals and two blocks. Alverson finished with 14 points and Ouardad recorded 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
GW shot just 32.3 percent from the field, but made seven of 15 attempts from beyond the arc (46.7 percent). Auburn connected on 40 percent of its shots in the game. In addition, the Tigers held a 48-44 rebounding advantage and scored 20 points off 18 offensive boards.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they host crosstown rival Howard at 2 p.m.