No. 18 Texas 59, George Washington 54
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP)—Freshman Erika Arriaran scored 15 points and Tiffany Jackson added 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 18 Texas to a 59-54 victory over George Washington and a share of the Junkanoo Jam championship on Saturday.
Arriaran , the centerpiece of coach Jody Conradt’s largest-ever recruiting class, tied the game at 36-all with two free throws and then added consecutive 3-pointers that gave the Longhorns (3-1) the lead for good at 46-43 with less than five minutes left.
George Washington (2-1) never got closer than three points the rest of the way.
Texas won the Lucaya Division of the eight-team, holiday tournament. Crystal Boyd held the trophy of lacquered shells and starfish—it is the Bahamas, after all—aloft as her Longhorn teammates shouted and cheered. Jackson was the division’s MVP.
Kimberly Beck scored 13 points for George Washington, which beat No. 18 Purdue on Friday. The Colonials shot 4-for-14 from 3-point range and 8-for-17 from the line.
Texas trailed 34-29 after Whitney Allen’s steal and lay-in with 12:20 remaining.
Arriaran got the comeback started with a short jumper and Jackson added a free throw moments later to tie the game at 34-all.
Chantelle John gave the Colonials their last lead before Arriaran’s foul shots made it 36-36.
Arriaran’s first 3-pointer gave Texas a 43-39 lead and, after GW tied it up one last time, she followed with a 3-pointer from the left side.
The Colonials kept things tight and trailed 57-54 after Beck’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining. Carla Cortijo put the game out of reach with two free throws.
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