Tigers Outfoxed In Tournament Opener

The Auburn women's basketball suffered its fourth loss of the season dropping its tournament opener in New York.

Hempstead, N.Y.--Auburn dropped a 69-61 women's basketball contest to Marist on Wednesday in the opening round of the New York Life Holiday Tournament.

Auburn fell to 6-4 despite hitting 10-24 three points and getting 20 points from junior forward Blanche Alverson..

Auburn trailed 34-25 at halftime, but made a late run cutting the lead to four points, but the Red Foxes held on in the closing minutes to improve their record to 5-4.

"We just have got get better," Auburn coach Nell Fortner said. "Defensively, we were not very good. They kind of picked us apart with that offense."

Fortner added that her team has not been playing with confidence on offense in recent games. "We sure have missed a lot of open looks," she said. "We had a lot of looks, especially in the first half."

Sophomore guard Camille Glymph scored 11 points for the Tigers and freshman guard Hasina Muhammad added nine points.

Auburn will play in the losers bracket on Thursday vs. Central Connecticut State at 11 a.m. CST while Marist will play host Hofstra in the championship game.

AUBURN (61)
Alverson, Blanche 8-17 0-0 20; Glymph, Camille 4-13 0-0 11; Muhammad, Hasina 3-8 1-4 9; Hilliard, Chantel 4-5 0-0 8; Tanner, Tyrese 3-6 1-2 7; Ouardad, Najat 1-3 0-0 3; Simmons, Parrisha 0-1 2-2 2; Jennings, Morgan 0-3 1-4 1; Davis, Peyton 0-2 0-0 0; Williams, Jassany 0-2 0-0 0; West, Pascale 0-0 0-0 0; Strain, Courtney 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-61 5-12 61.

MARIST (69)
Yarde, Corielle 6-13 7-7 21; Gang, Brandy 7-12 0-0 15; Beynnon, Kelsey 5-8 0-0 11; Dulin, Casey 3-9 2-5 8; Danella, Kristina 2-4 0-0 5; Ockenden, Leanne 1-4 0-0 3; O'Connor, Emma 1-2 0-0 2; Gomez, Natalie 1-2 0-0 2; Stallings, Emily 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 27-57 9-12 69.

Auburn 25 36 61
Marist 34 35 69

3-point goals--Auburn 10-24 (Alverson, Blanche 4-10; Glymph, Camille 3-9; Muhammad, Hasina 2-3; Ouardad, Najat 1-2), Marist 6-18 (Yarde, Corielle 2-5; Ockenden, Leanne 1-4; Gang, Brandy 1-2; Danella, Kristina 1-1; Beynnon, Kelsey 1-2; Gomez, Natalie 0-1; O'Connor, Emma 0-1; Dulin, Casey 0-2).
Fouled out--Auburn-None, Marist-None.
Rebounds--Auburn 35 (Jennings, Morgan 7), Marist 38 (Gang, Brandy 7).
Assists--Auburn 15 (Jennings, Morgan 6), Marist 22 (Yarde, Corielle 9).
Total fouls--Auburn 15, Marist 10.
Technical fouls--Auburn-None, Marist-Dulin, Casey.
A--1,779


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