Women's Basketball Falls to Auburn, 61-39

Jan. 16, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The women's basketball team was unable to get much going offensively Thursday night, falling 61-39 to Auburn at Foster Auditorium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide drops to 8-9 overall and 1-3 against Southeastern Conference opponents, while the win lifts the Tigers to 11-6 on the season and 2-2 against league opponents.

For the game, Alabama shot 21.7 percent (13-60) against Auburn's 42.9 percent (24-56). The Tigers out-rebounded the Tide, 52-38, and had 10 blocks.

Senior Shafontaye Myers led Alabama in scoring with 14 points, while freshman Ashley Williams added 12. Junior Briana Hutchen pulled down a career and game-high 14 rebounds. Auburn was led by senior Tyrese Tanner, who finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

Auburn's Tanner knocked down the first basket of the game on the opening possession, giving the Tigers the lead, which they would hold onto for the duration of the game. Auburn's lead remained in the single digits until midway through the half and grew to 27 as the Tigers closed out the frame on a 27-5 run to lead 41-14 at halftime.

Auburn extended its lead out to as many as 29 in the second half. Alabama was able to cut it down to 20 but would not get any closer.

Next up, the Tide heads to Columbia, S.C. to take on the eighth-ranked Gamecocks of South Carolina on Sunday, Jan. 19. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. CT in Colonial Life Arena.

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