AUBURN, Ala. — The end of the third quarter couldn't have gone much better for the Missouri women's basketball team. The fourth quarter, on the other hand, left much to be desired.
Missouri closed the third quarter on a 9-0 run, but Auburn won the scoring battle 20-9 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 58-54 win Sunday in Southeastern Conference play.
Lauren Aldridge, who scored her 1,000th career point in the loss, started the third-quarter run with a jumper to tie the game at 38. Sophie Cunningham followed with a 3-pointer, then Amber Smith made a layup to put Missouri ahead by five points.
Akira Levy made a pair of free throws in the closing seconds of the third to extend Missouri's lead to 45-38 entering the fourth.
However, Auburn began the final quarter with 11 straight points, beginning with back-to-back 3s. Unique Thompson scored a layup with 6:23 to play to put Auburn ahead 47-45.
Missouri trailed the rest of the game, never getting any closer than two points in the final five minutes.
Daisa Alexander had a team-high 19 points for Auburn (20-7, 8-6 SEC), while Erin Howard finished with 12 points.
Although Auburn shot just 36.2 percent from the field, it committed just six turnovers, compared to 19 for Missouri.
Cunningham scored in double figures for the 10th straight game, playing all 40 minutes to lead Missouri with 19 points. Smith finished with a double-double of 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and Aldridge added nine points.
Auburn led 11-9 after one quarter and 26-22 at halftime, but Missouri won the scoring battle 23-12 in the third quarter.
Missouri (19-9, 8-6 SEC) will play at 8 p.m. Thursday at Arkansas (17-11, 6-8 SEC).