Slow Start, Late Fouls Doom GW Against Auburn
An early second-half run was unable to get the Colonials over the hump as the GW Women fell to Auburn 69-59 last night at the Charles E. Smith Center.
It was a slow, sloppy start to the game for both teams, as numerous fouls and turnovers gave both teams opportunities, which they promptly squandered. Shi-Heria Shipp kept the Colonials in the game early, but in the later minutes of the first half, the Lady Tigers’ offense came alive with a 12-4 run, allowing them to take a 26-13 lead into halftime.
Auburn opened the second half with a quick layup by Peyton Davis, but GW seemed to find their footing for the next 15 minutes. Multiple 3-point shots and a sudden solidifying of the Colonial defense allowed GW a 16 point run, which led to a 41-41 tie with just under 13 minutes left.
Unfortunately, just as it looked like GW would be able to jump out to their first lead of the game, Auburn came around with a few quick baskets of their own, jumping back out to a six point lead, a lead they would hold on to for the rest of the game. Although GW was able to keep it close, sloppy play ultimately became their downfall as Auburn dominated the final two minutes by jumping out to their final 10-point margin of victory.
GW did suffer a less than flattering number of turnovers, but that mistake was more or less cancelled out by Auburn’s similar mistakes. GW’s three point shooting was on its mark, but they ended up giving Auburn too many free throws at the very end of the game.
On the positive side, the Colonials did get a solid performance out of Shi-Heria Shipp, who posted her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, six of which were offensive. GW had four players score in double figures, including Megan Nipe, who scored 13, and freshman Aaliyah Brown, who finished with 10 points off the bench.
Still, Jonathan Tsipis’ squad is clearly in a funk right now, having lost four of their last five contests after starting the season 3-1. It is not as if they’ve been lacking in all the categories that made them successful early on. Their defense and rebounding has not been as good as it was early, but it has still been good enough to win games. Instead, mental mistakes and their trouble finishing off opponents have been problematic as of late. For a team that got off to such a promising start, their recent struggles have certainly become red flags and are things that Tsipis and the coaching staff must work to address going forward.
GW drops to 4-5 with the loss while Auburn improves to 7-2. GW will now get set to welcome District rival Howard to the Smith Center on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. and you can listen to all the action on WRGW-Colonials Radio Central at gwradio.com.