Auburn drops SEC women’s home opener to Florida 63-50

Just two days after a strong challenge against league favorite South Carolina on the road, Auburn’s women’s basketball team couldn’t sustain the same effort against visiting Florida, as second half shooting proved the difference in the Tigers (9-6, 0-2 SEC)  63-50 loss to the Gators (9-6, 1-1 SEC)  at Auburn Arena Sunday.

After the teams went to halftime tied at 29-29, the Gators hit 13-of-22 shots (59.1%) in the second half while Auburn made just 9-of-32 (28.1%) from the field.

Auburn’s aggressive defense caused 27 turnovers, but the home team had trouble taking care of the basketball as well, turning it over 20 times in their first home loss this season.

The Tigers were led by junior center Tra’Cee Tanner’s third double-double of the season (12 points, 10 rebounds), while Florida boasted five players in double figures, led by Brooke Copeland, who came off the bench to hit 4 3-pointers en route to a 12 point effort.

Auburn returns to the road for the sixth time in seven games when they visit 11th ranked Kentucky Thursday night. For more info on the Tigers schedule, visit auburn tigers.com.

Tra'cee Tanner fights for 2 of her 12 points in  Auburn's 63-50 loss to Florida at Auburn Arena, Sunday, January 4, 2014.  Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics
Tra’cee Tanner fights for 2 of her 12 points in
Auburn’s 63-50 loss to Florida at Auburn Arena, Sunday, January 4, 2014.
Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics
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