Auburn women’s basketball took a tough loss tonight in the Auburn Arena against the No. 7 Mississippi State Bulldogs, 85-59. The Tigers now stand at 14-3 overall and 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference. 

The home team was led by guard Daisa Alexander and freshman Brooke Moore, who scored 18 points and 16 points respectively.  Alexander also finished the game with five of the team’s eight rebounds. 

Crystal Primm followed in with 14 points throughout the game. 

The Bulldogs were led by starting center Teaira McCowan, who put up 22 points. 

The Tigers went back and forth with the Bulldogs for most of the first quarter and tied the game 7-7 with a jumper made by Crystal Primm. The away team took advantage of their time at the line, making six free throws in the last bit of the first period, ending the quarter with a double-digit lead. 

Nearing halftime, the Tigers fought back to only a four-point trail after six unanswered points from Daisa Alexander and Brooke Moore. The Bulldogs responded with two back-to-back three-pointers to finish out the half. 

The game began to get away from the home team throughout the third quarter. The Bulldogs were hot in the paint as well as from range and ended the quarter with a 19-point lead. 

Mississippi State proved to be too much for Auburn in the last quarter, reaching a 27-point advantage after a series of made jump shots with five minutes to spare. 

The Tigers put up their last points with two minutes left in the game with a made three by Moore. 

Auburn will hit the road to take on Vanderbilt in Bud Walton Arena on Thursday, Jan. 17. The game will air at 7 p.m. on SEC Network +.