Nov. 24, 2006
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -
Auburn trailed by double digits in each half and battled back both times to take the lead, but the Tigers (3-2) couldn't hang on and suffered a 65-61 loss to Marquette (4-1) Friday afternoon in the second round of the Paradise Jam. DeWanna Bonner netted 16 points, while Tamela McCorvey scored 15 and Trevesha Jackson added 11 in the loss. Both McCorvey's and Jackson's efforts were season highs.
"We fought hard and kept doing things to get back in the ballgame," Auburn head coach Nell Fortner said. "We just couldn't get over the hump and hold on to a lead."
Bonner gave Auburn its third one-point lead at the 1:27 mark with the second of two free throws, but Marquette's Danielle Kamm answered with a short jumper to give the Golden Eagles a 62-61 advantage. On Auburn's next possession, McCorvey misfired on a three-point attempt. Kamm grabbed the rebound and started a fast break that led to a Krystal Ellis layup and a three-point Marquette advantage. McCorvey missed another three with eight seconds remaining and Efueko Osaga-Landry grabbed the rebound, forcing Auburn to foul and effectively ending the game.
The Tigers battled back from a ten point deficit earlier in the half with a 15-4 run and took a short-lived lead, 54-53, with 3:50 remaining in the game. A Christina Quaye three-pointer just ten seconds later put Marquette back on top.
Auburn trailed the Golden Eagles by three at halftime after falling behind by 12 points early in the contest. The Tigers shot poorly early in the game and quickly found themselves on the short end of an 18-6 run by Marquette. When Krystal Ellis hit a three-pointer to put the Golden Eagles up 12 at the 12:32 mark, Auburn had taken 12 shots and found the bottom of the net on only three. The Tigers also turned the ball over seven times in the first period with four of those miscues coming in the first nine minutes.
Auburn eventually calmed down and took a one-point lead late in the first period. Trailing by seven with 5:40 to play in the half, Auburn capped an 11-4 run with a Bonner jumpshot to tie the game at 25. After Marquette's Efueko Osaga-Landry put the Golden Eagles ahead with a free throw, Jackson converted a layup to give the Tigers a one-point advantage. Marquette closed the period with four unanswered points to take a three point lead to the locker room.
Quaye was the leading scorer for Marquette with 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and seven conversions from the charity stripe. Ellis also put 20 points on the board for the Golden Eagles.
The Tigers managed to shoot the ball with more success Friday, going 23-of-56 (41.1%) from the field. Marquette was slightly better, converting on 22 of 47 attempts (46.8). Marquette out-rebounded Auburn 33-32 and scored seven second-chance points to Auburn's five. Each team turned the ball over 16 times, but Marquette scored 16 points off of turnovers to the Tigers' 13.
Auburn concludes play in the Paradise Jam with a 12 p.m. CT contest vs. Western Michigan on Saturday. The Tigers return to Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 29 for a 6 p.m. CT tilt with in-state foe Jacksonville State.