Joining Cook in double figures for Alabama was sophomore Ashley Williams with 15 and freshman Quanetria Bolton with 10. Junior Nikki Hegstetter finished as the team’s leader in rebounds with seven. Auburn had four players in double figures, led by sophomore Brandy Montgomery, who scored 30 points.
Turnovers proved costly for the Tide as the Tigers scored 30 points off 24 UA miscues. Alabama hit 49.0 percent (24-49) of its shots, while Auburn was 48.3 percent (29-60) from the floor. The teams were nearly identical from the free throw line as the Tide was 18-for-28, while the Tigers were 16-for-25.
Cook knocked down her first of five three pointers only 18 seconds into the game to get Alabama on the board first. Auburn scored the next seven straight before two more threes, one from redshirt freshman Karyla Middlebrook and another from Cook, put the Tide back in front at the 16:32 mark. From there, the Tigers used a 20-6 run to take a 27-15 advantage with 7:59 to play in the period. Alabama trailed by 17, but outscored Auburn, 10-2, over the final 3:18 to cut it to nine, 38-29, at halftime.
The Tigers remained in front throughout the second half, extending their lead out to as many as 21. The Tide gradually chipped away at its deficit and cut it to nine before running out of time on the clock.
With the loss, Alabama heads to the SEC Tournament as the No. 14 seed and will play its first game in Little Rock, Ark., on Wednesday, March 4 against the No. 11 seed, which is yet to be determined. All games will be played at Verizon Arena.