Florida beats Auburn 70-60 in SEC women's tourney

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jordan Jones scored 17 points as

eighth-seeded Florida beat ninth-seeded Auburn 70-60 on Thursday in

the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The game marked the end of Auburn coach Nell Fortner's career.

Fortner announced on Feb. 21 she was retiring after her eighth

season with the Tigers and 18th year as a head coach.

The Gators (19-11) led by as many as 18 points in the second

half and held a 57-41 lead when Hasina Muhammad tipped in a shot

for Auburn. That basket launched a 10-2 run that cut Florida's lead

to eight points with 2:46 to play, but the Tigers wouldn't get any


Florida scored 20 points off 13 Auburn turnovers. The Gators

gave away the ball 14 times, but those turnovers only led to eight

points for the Tigers (13-17).

Muhammad led Auburn with 20 points.

Florida will face top-seeded Kentucky on Friday.