Indiana blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead in a 71-67 loss at Auburn on Sunday.
Tyra Buss led the Hoosiers with 23 points, but IU (4-2) shot 39.6 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers. Those errors helped fuel a 19-4 run for Auburn (6-1) to end the game.
IU led 31-30 at halftime but outscored the Tigers 22-9 in the third quarter to establish a big cushion. Karlee McBride started the fourth quarter with a 3, giving the Hoosiers a 56-39 lead with 9:51 left in the final period. The advantage was 63-52 in IU’s favor with 5:09 remaining after a 3 by Buss.
But the Tigers went on a 15-0 run, including a 3 by Brandy Montgomery to make it 63-61 and two free throws by Montgomery to tie it at 63-all with 2:51 left. Erica Sanders hit a jump shot with 39 seconds left to give Auburn a lead.
At that point, IU started to foul, and Katie Frerking hit two free throws to push Auburn’s advantage to 67-63 with 27 seconds remaining. Ten seconds later, Jenn Anderson converted a post bucket, but Janiah McKay answered with two free throws.
After Buss sank a pair of freebies, McKay hit two more with one second left to set the final score. Montgomery led the Tigers with 28 points, and Frerking had 21.
Amanda Cahill, with 10, and McBride, with 11, also finished in double figures. Cahill, however, fouled out, and Anderson and Amber Deane each finished with four fouls. IU outrebounded the Tigers, 35-24. Auburn finished at 46.2 percent from the field.