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Gators claim 4th seed with win over Auburn

Fittingly, seniors Cassie Peoples and January Miller combined for 22 points on senior night to help the Gators beat Auburn 56-49 in the final game of the regular season.

Head coach Amanda Butler was elated at the fact her team ended the season on a high note.

“That was absolutely a representation of how this team has played all season long: for each other and for the right reasons," Butler said. "It’s also fired up to represent the University of Florida, with a really keen sense of what they were playing for and who they represent. I think our seniors absolutely got what they deserved. It is exciting to go into the (SEC) tournament with that momentum and that extra day of rest. It was a big step forward for our program.”

After losing to Auburn on the road just a couple games ago, the Gators knew they had to step up their game this time around.

“When we played at Auburn, we just weren’t us, from a personality standpoint," said Butler. "Our energy was not good. Our huddles were not tight. We were very disjointed and not really working together as a unit, and that is the strength of this team. We also didn’t play very good defense and I think those two are connected. So we went into tonight knowing it was going to be a battle, with a tremendous amount of respect for Auburn and what they have been able to do this season. They understand how important it was for us to be us in those regards.”

After the game, the Gators received the news that they would be the No. 4 seed in the SEC Tournament which means a double bye. Florida will play the winner of No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Alabama/No. 13 LSU. 

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