Dec. 21, 2011
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half, the Auburn women's basketball team cut the Marist lead to four in the final minute, but would get no closer in a 69-61 loss to the Red Foxes (5-4) in the first round of the New York Life Holiday Tournament hosted by Hofstra. The Tigers (6-4) will play in the consolation game at 11 a.m. CT, tomorrow against Central Connecticut State (6-4).
"I was pleased with the way we fought back and I thought we really had a shot there at the end," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "We just have to get better on both ends, offensively and defensively."
Auburn struggled from the field for the fourth game in a row, shooting 37.7 percent on 23-of-61 shooting. The Tigers, however, were hot from 3-point rage, knocking down 10-of-24 attempts for 41.7 percent.
"We have not been able to put points on the board, that seems to be the case the last couple weeks," said Fortner. "I am not sure if it is confidence or what, but we missed a lot of open looks."
Junior Blanche Alverson led the Tigers with a season-high 20 points, knocking down four 3-pointers. Alverson also had five rebounds with a block and a steal. Sophomore Camille Glymph tallied her fourth double-digit effort in the last five games, scoring 11 points with a pair of assists.
Senior Morgan Jennings came off the bench to lead the Tigers with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Auburn and Marist traded baskets to open the game with the Tigers taking an 11-9 lead with 12:44 to go. But, the Red Foxes went on a 12-2 run, fueled by eight points from Corielle Yarde, to take a 21-13 lead. Auburn cut the Marist lead to three with 2:55 left but could not keep it up as the Rex Foxes pulled away for a 34-25 halftime lead.
Marist came out and took control early in the second half, leading by no fewer than seven points and at one point going on an 8-0 run to take a 15-point lead with 10:15 left in the game. Marist still led by 10 with 1:43 left, but the Tigers went on a small run of its own, scoring six straight to cut the lead to four with 49 seconds left. The Red Foxes made good at the free-throw line, though, and held on for the 69-61 win.
Yarde led Marist with a game-high 21 points, along with nine assists and five rebounds. Brandy Gang added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds while Kelsey Beynnon finished with 11.
Marist will take on Hofstra at 1:30 p.m. CT, Thursday for the tournament title while the Tigers will face Central Connecticut State at 11 a.m. CT, in the consolation game. Hofstra earned a 67-60 win over the Blue Devils in the tournament-opener.
For more information on the New York Life Holiday Tournament, including live stats and video, access www.GoHofstra.com.