ESTERO, Fla. – Junior Ivy Brown notched her third consecutive double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but WKU fell to George Washington, 68-49, in its final game at the 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase inside Germain Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Toppers (3-3) closed the tournament by earning sixth place ahead of Kent State and Florida Gulf Coast. WKU dropped contests against DePaul and George Washington (5-2) but overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Kent State on Saturday afternoon.
Ivy Brown led WKU in both scoring and rebounding on the afternoon, and Micah Jones dished out a team-best three assists.
For George Washington, Caira Washington scored 13 points and pulled down nine boards. She was joined in double figures by Brianna Cummings (10 points) and Lexi Martins (10), and Mei-Lyn Bautista led all players with five assists on the day.
The Colonials opened the game on a 12-2 run over the first seven minutes. After Sarah Price’s early layup, George Washington’s run was keyed by four points apiece from Washington and Cummings and was capped by Hannah Schaible’s layup at the 3:47 mark. Tashia Brown halted the Colonials’ run with just under three minutes remaining in the frame and WKU cut the lead to single digits, 16-10, after the opening 10 minutes.
A 12-0 run by the Colonials rebuilt their double digit advantage over the first four minutes of the second quarter before Kendall Noble ended the stretch with a pair of free throws with 5:43 remaining before the halftime break. WKU twice closed within 12 points over the final five minutes of the quarter, but entered the locker room trailing George Washington, 32-18.
Down 45-26 midway through the third quarter, WKU tallied six unanswered points to cut into the deficit. Noble began the run with a pair of shots from the charity stripe while Tashia Brown poured in the other four points for the Lady Toppers off pullup jumpers to get the Lady Toppers within 13, 45-32, at the 2:38 mark.
George Washington built its largest lead of the night, 64-41, with 6:01 to play, following Kelsi Mahoney’s layup. WKU fought hard down the stretch and trimmed the Colonials’ advantage to just 68-49 at the final whistle.
In its first game following the Gulf Coast Showcase, WKU will travel to in-state rival Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m. (CT) as part of a doubleheader; the Hilltoppers will take on the Colonels following the women’s matchup. WKU leads the all-time series against Eastern Kentucky 28-7, including a 76-60 win in Bowling Green on Dec. 16 last season.
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