STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s women held a 13-point first-half lead at home but eventually fell 82-74 to Auburn on Sunday afternoon.
It was the first homecourt loss of the season for the Bulldogs (13-3, 0-2), who fell 82-72 at Florida last week in their league opener.
“At Florida, we didn’t come out ready to play,” MSU freshman Dominique Dillingham said. “In this game, we weren’t ready for the second half. We just have to find a way to put two halves together.”
MSU committed a season-high 26 turnovers Sunday as Auburn (10-4, 1-0) won its league opener.
Tyrese Tanner scored a game-high 24 points to lead five Auburn players in double figures.
Martha Alwal had 18 points and six rebounds to lead five MSU players in double figures.
Game of runs
The Bulldogs used a 9-0 run to take a 31-18 advantage with 6:36 left in the first half and matched that margin at 33-20.
Auburn ended with a 13-3 run to trail 36-33 at halftime, then took control after the break with an early 12-0 run.
“Other than the last three minutes of the first half and first five minutes of the second, I thought we were very competitive,” MSU coach Vic Schaefer said. “You have to play hard, play smart and play together. We didn’t come out ready to play to start the second half.”
MSU’s next game is a trip to Arkansas on Sunday.