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ATHENS, Ga. – Auburn’s women’s basketball team did almost everything it had to do to pull a monumental upset and break a seven-game losing streak on the road against No. 9 Georgia on Thursday night.
A dreadful night at the free throw line was too much to overcome. The Tigers were just 3-for-15 and fell 61-58 at Stegeman Coliseum for their seventh consecutive loss. Georgia was 19-of-22 at the free throw line.
“We just keep coming so close, but you look at those free throws,” Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “We are so much better than that. We are not a great free throw shooting team, but we’re not a 3-for-15 shooting free throw team. Not at all.”
Auburn fell to 13-10 overall and 2-8 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia improved to 20-3 and 8-2
The Tigers shot 50 percent (25-of-50) from the floor as Hasina Muhammad rebounded from her first single-digit scoring game of the season on Sunday against South Carolina and led Auburn, posting 20 points with seven rebounds and three blocks. It marked her seventh 20-point game of the season.
Blanche Alverson added 16 points, including shooting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, and Peyton Davis tallied 10 points.
Auburn trailed 34-22 at halftime, but rallied to get within 42-41 with 10 minutes left and tied the game at 51 with 4:39 left.
Five missed free throws and two turnovers in the final three minutes would cost Auburn the win. Muhammad connected on a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to cut the Georgia lead to 60-58, but it would be too little too late as the Lady Bulldogs’ Shacobla Barbee made one of two free throws with two seconds remaining to seal the win.
Hassell led Georgia with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Barbee added 14 points and eight rebounds. Jasmine James tallied 13 points and five steals, and Khaalidah Miller added 10 points.
Auburn returns to action Sunday as it returns home to host Florida at 2 p.m. CT at Auburn Arena. The game will be televised by SportSouth. Auburn great Ruthie Bolton will be on hand at the game, promoting her new book, “The Ride of a Lifetime.”
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