Gators' Women's Basketball drops road game at Auburn 80-58

Team leaders Carlie Needles and Ronni Williams each scored in double-figures but it wasn’t enough for No. 16/19 Florida to halt a red-hot Auburn squad playing at home, as the Tigers earned an 80-58 victory on Sunday at Auburn Arena and won their fifth consecutive game.

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With the loss, Florida dropped a half-game behind Auburn in the Southeastern Conference standings, with the Gators now 7-5 in the league and the Tigers at 8-5. Florida has four more regular-season games remaining and Auburn three.

The Gators entered the game tied for third in the SEC and Auburn sitting in fifth place.

With the team’s trading points during a fiercely tight second quarter that featured 16 lead changes and three tied scores, Auburn scored on consecutive possessions off a Florida turnover to ignite a 17-3 run that extended into the third quarter that flipped a one point Gator lead into a 57-44 Tiger advantage.

Haley Lorenzen scored on consecutive possessions for Florida and cut the deficit to nine, 53-44, however, the Tigers came right back with five straight points and the Gators wouldn’t get within single digits of the lead again.

Williams led the Gators with 16 points and nine rebounds, with five of those coming on the offensive end, while Needles scored 15 points with five rebounds, converting 4-of-10 three-pointers.

Auburn’s Katie Frerking led all scorers with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

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