If you're into strong-to-smothering defense, this was a game for you. Both teams played solid, physical "D" early. In fact, after Ivy Abiona blew an open layup 15 second into the contest, GW didn't get on the board for almost four minutes, missing every type of shot imaginable.
And the Colonials were giving as good as they got early, taking a 10-9 lead on a basket by Sara Mostafa. But that's when Auburn began dominating the offensive glass, getting multiple shots time after time en route to a 25-15 halftime lead. That margin held until 12 minutes into the second half, at 39-29, and then the Tigers began to steadily pull away, building a 45-29 lead before GW could respond.. GW chipped away late, led by four second-half hoops and four free throws by Tiana Myers for all of her team-high 12 points. A Tara Booker basket cut the lead to seven at 46-39, but GW could get no closer.
GW held Auburn to just 30 percent from the floor but shot only 33 percent themselves. The Tigers won the battle of the boards, 52-39, and I'd expect the difference off the offensive glass was a major part of that margin.
Next game is Satuiday afternoon at American U.