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Auburn Unable to Keep up in Fourth in Loss

Auburn's Morgan Robinson-Nwagwu in the second half.
AU WBB v Florida  on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Auburn, Ala. 
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Auburn's Morgan Robinson-Nwagwu in the second half. AU WBB v Florida on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

Auburn women's basketball team got a big afternoon from Unique Thompson and hung around for three quarters but was unable to pull off the upset against number nineteen Arkansas.  Arkansas made 11 three point field goals in the game and used a strong fourth quarter to beat Auburn 77-67.  Thompson recorded her 11th double double with 18 points and 19 rebounds.  Honesty Scott-Grayson added 17 points, as well as a team high three assists for the Tigers.  The Razorbacks had three players finish in double figures, Amber Ramirez (19), Chelsea Dungee (16), and Destiny Slocum (14).

The Tigers led by as many as 13 in the second quarter, but Arkansas ended that period on a furious 14-2 run to go up 33-28 at the intermission.  Auburn stayed within striking distance throughout the third quarter and the two teams headed to the fourth with Arkansas leading 52-46.  Auburn was still within six with just under eight minutes to play after a Keya Patton layup made it 58-52, but Arkansas rattled off a 15-7 run to close the door on Auburn's upset attempt.

Auburn was great at rebounding the basketball and shooting free throws, but their struggles from the field proved to be too much to overcome.  The Tigers shot 23-67 (34.3%) from the field including a 2-14 (14.3%) mark from downtown.  Auburn did knock down 19 of 21 free throw attempts, a 90.5% shooting clip.  Scott-Grayson led the Tigers at the charity strip getting there eight times and making all of her attempts.  Auburn outrebounded the Razorbacks 50-30 including a staggering 20-5 advantage on the offensive glass.  Of Thompson's 19 rebounds, 10 were offensive rebounds.  Romi Levy also finished with double digit rebounds with 12 to go along with 8 points.  Keya Patton finished with 10 points.  Auburn is next in action at home when they host number four South Carolina on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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