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Auburn WBB Find Themselves in a SEC Rut

Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy in the first half.
AU WBB v Florida  on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Auburn, Ala. 
Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy in the first half. AU WBB v Florida on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

Auburn women's basketball falls once again in SEC competition, this time in a 75-48 drubbing delivered by in-state rival Alabama Sunday afternoon at Auburn Arena.  

The team is now 6-9 on the season, with exactly zero conference wins so far. There were some bright spots in the game, but the Crimson Tide took advantage of the Tigers' zone defense and scored at will, especially from behind the three-point line.  

Takeaways from the game: 

Auburn’s Offensive Woes: The Tigers, now on a four-game losing streak, have yet to find their stride in SEC play. After shooting only 39 percent from the field and 24 percent from three-point range against Florida, Auburn had high hopes of improving against rival Alabama. Instead, their offense was nowhere to be found again, as the Tigers shot well below 30 percent from the field and a measly 24 percent from three-point range. 

Lacking Defense: Alabama had their way with Auburn and were able to score in a variety of ways, from getting inside the paint to knocking down three-pointers from outside the arc. The Crimson Tide shot over 50 percent, including 38 percent from three. Their main contributor was forward Jasmine Walker, who scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the game. Walker also knocked down four three-pointers. 

Unique Thompson: Auburn’s star forward had herself a bounce back game against Alabama, as she recorded her NCAA-leading 14th double-double of the season. She led the team in points (16) and rebounds (14), but her individual contributions alone weren’t enough to overcome the team performance by the Crimson Tide. 

The Tigers will look to use this weeklong break to their advantage to fix their team problems offensively and defensively before they head to Athens to face Georgia next Sunday. If they are able to overcome these struggles, then there’s no question that this young team can take off in SEC play. 

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