WASHINGTON, D.C. - Auburn junior Hasina Muhammad notched her first career double-double, tying her career high with 21 points and getting 10 rebounds and nine steals, as Auburn's women's basketball team went on the road and beat George Washington 69-59 Thursday. For first-year coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, it was a career milestone as she notched her 150th win.
Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy/Todd Van Emst photo
“What better place to get the win than back here in Washington, D.C.?” said Williams-Flournoy, who spent her first eight years as a head coach in Washington, D.C., at Georgetown. “I really did not think about it. When you think about all the accolades and everything you get as a coach, you really don’t remember them when it is game time. Our most important thing was to win the ballgame.”
The Tigers improved to 7-2 with the victory and return home Sunday to play Temple. George Washington dropped to 4-5.
It was a game of streaks. The Tigers closed the first half on an 11-2 run to take a 13-point lead and moved ahead 41-25 early in the second half, only to see George Washington score 16 unanswered points to tie it. They moved back up by nine, only to see George Washington cut it to one.
“We just made some terrible mistakes, things that were very costly - fouling people while they are shooting, not boxing out, giving up 3-point plays, leaving the middle open in the press – everything that we worked on not to do, we did," Flournoy said.
With Auburn leading 58-57 with 4:43 left in the game, Blanche Alverson hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired and the Tigers finally pulled away for good.
Muhammad fueled the Auburn offense in the second half, scoring 14 of her 21 points. The 21 points ties her career high and is the fourth time this season to score 20 or more points. She also pulled down a career high 10 rebounds for her first career double-double and neared a triple-double with her nine steals.
The nine steals rank her fourth all-time at Auburn in single-game seals. It is the most steals in a game since Kristen Mulligan picked up 10 against Northeast Illinois on Dec. 18, 1992.
Alverson scored 14 points on the night, including three 3-pointers. She moved into a tie for fourth all-time at Auburn in career 3-pointers with Samantha Williams at 161.
While Muhammad flirted with a triple-double, point guard Najat Ouardad did as well with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. She also picked up three steals on the night.