The Tigers had won three straight games but failed to take care of the ball against the Gators, committing 22 turnovers in which Florida capitalized for 26 points. Auburn scored only five points off seven Gator turnovers.
Auburn led by seven points early, but the Gators outscored the Tigers by 12 over the final seven minutes of the first half to hold a five-point halftime advantage at 40-35. The Tigers fought and battled, dumping the ball down low to KeKe Carrier, who led all scorers with 24 points, and Marita Payne, who added 10 points, seven boards and six blocks as the Tigers stayed in the game until the finish.
The Tigers won the rebounding battle 42-32, but guard play proved to be the difference.
Florida starting guards Sha Brooks, Sarah Lowe and Danielle Santos combined for 37 points, 10 assists and only four turnovers. Auburn starting guards Nitasha Brown, DeWanna Bonner and Whitney Boddie tallied 19 points, eight assists and 14 turnovers.
Auburn dropped to 12-9 overall and 3-5 in the SEC. Florida is now 16-5 overall and 4-4 in league play. The Tigers next game is at home versus Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. on Sunday.