AUBURN, Ala. -- Senior Hasina Muhammad had her second career double-double, but the Auburn women's basketball team fell just short to No. 20 Georgia in a 57-52 loss Sunday at Auburn Arena.
The Tigers, facing their third nationally ranked opponent in the last four games, dominated the stat sheet in nearly every category. But Georgia connected on 24-of-31 attempts from the free-throw line (16-21 in the second half) while Auburn went to the line just 10 times, making six of their attempts.
"It is very frustrating," Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "This is a very winnable game, but it is a game where you have to know Georgia is a ranked team, they are a good team, and they are not going to sit back and relax. When they went to that 2-3 zone it really hurt us because we couldn’t knock down shots.”
A 15-foot jumper by Muhammad gave Auburn a 47-46 lead with just under four minutes to play, but Georgia's Tiaria Griffin answered with a 3-pointer and then another to put the Lady Bulldogs ahead by five. Two UGA free throws made it a seven-point game, but a quick five-point burst by the Tigers - highlighted by a 3-pointer from Montgomery - made it a three-point game with 34 seconds to play. However, Auburn could not cut the lead any further, and Georgia hit 5-of-8 at the line down the stretch.
Auburn led by as many as 11 points in the first half but saw that lead cut to 28-26 at halftime as the Lady Bulldogs finished the half on an 11-2 run over the final five minutes.
Muhammad finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double this season. Her 10 rebounds matched a career-high, and her 18 points were the second-most this season. The senior from Memphis scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half on 6-of-10 shooting. Tra'Cee Tanner added 12 points.
Auburn shot 36.2 percent for the game, holding Georgia to 31.8 percent from the floor. The Tigers made seven more field goals, had four more rebounds and three more assists than the Lady Bulldogs. Turnovers were nearly even, but Georgia scored 19 points off Auburn's 15 turnovers while the Tigers were only able to score seven points on UGA's 14 giveaways,
Georgia was led by Griffin with 16 points, and Shacobia Barbee added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Auburn faces its fourth top-20 team in five games Thursday night as the No. 7 Tennessee Lady Vols visit Auburn Arena. Tip is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised by FSN.