The Auburn Tigers women's basketball team fell at home to No. 14 South Carolina on Thursday night in rare fashion. The Tiger defense, which is normally their strength, failed them in this matchup. The Tigers trailed by 10 points early in this contest. 
“You don’t want to go down by 10, you can’t be in the first quarter down by 10," said Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy after the game. 
The Tigers proceeded to go on a run of their own to get back in the contest, but the proceeded to allow South Carolina to go on a (12-0) run of their own. The Tigers faced multiple double-digit deficits over the contests, mostly in part to defense. 
This hiccup should not be taken lightly by the Tigers, who are gearing up for an almost guaranteed spot in the NCAA Tournament. As well as the Tigers have played defense this year, it should not be a hard task to correct the errors. 
Despite the loss, Auburn showed a lot of tenacity by clawing their way back into this game and even taking the lead with 6:58 left in the game. There should be little concern for the Tigers as they prepare for postseason play.
The loss drops the Tigers to a (20-8) record prior to their season finale Saturday in Baton Rouge against the LSU Tigers.