Mitchell keeps South Carolina unbeaten in SEC play

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm •  Published: January 12, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn rode hot shooting in the first half to a double-digit lead over South Carolina. The Tigers couldn't maintain it against the 10th-ranked team in the country.

South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell took advantage of the hosts' cold spell, with 18 points and six steals to lead No. 10 South Carolina to a 72-66 comeback victory at Auburn on Sunday.

Auburn was just 11 of 31 from the field in the second half.

"We didn't execute everything we should have," Auburn senior forward Tyrese Tanner said. "I think we had too many breakdowns. If you look at everything we did— we out-rebounded them and we forced 20 turnovers. We should have won the game."

"We just decided to use our length some more and buckle down on defense," Mitchell said. "We're known as a defensive team, so we just stuck to the mindset of getting stops to free up our offense."

Alaina Coates added 14 points for the Gamecocks in the victory. The 6-foot-4 freshman center scored all of her points in the first half and shot 4-for-5 from the field.

Auburn (10-6, 1-2 SEC) led by as many as 12 points in the first half before a late rally from the visiting Gamecocks, who entered the game ranked No. 3 nationally in scoring defense.

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