The Tigers dropped to 0-2 in the SEC and 9-6 overall while Alabama ended its four-game losing streak to Auburn by improving to 1-1 in the league and 7-8 overall.
Auburn shot just 34.6 percent in the first half and 29 percent in the final 20 minutes to finish at 31.6 percent for the game. Combine that with a poor rebounding performance and the Tigers were fortunate to be in the game late in the contest.
The Tigers were down 35-24 at halftime, but trailed by just five points with 7:56 to play in the game on a basket by freshman Sherrell Hobbs, but could not get any closer.
Freshman guard DeWanna Bonner led the Tigers with 16 points while senior guard Nitasha Brown added 14 points. Senior center Marita Payne added 10 points and seven blocked shots.
DeWanna Bonner drives to the basket in Tuscaloosa.
Sophomore Alexis Ogubie led the Tigers on the boards with six rebounds.
Alabama was led by Marverly Nettles and Kate Mastin with 20 points apiece. Dee Merriweather added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Auburn coach Nell Fortner said the rebounding deficit hurt was big in the game. "They hurt us badly on the boards," she said.
The Tigers hit just 4-15 three pointers, but made 14-15 free throws. Alabama hit 5-10 threes and 21-27 foul shots.
Auburn had 13 turnovers, four fewer than the Tide.