Eagles Outlast Tigers At Paradise Jam

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands--Auburn's adventures in the tropics turned into a misadventure for a second straight day as the Tigers dropped a 65-61 women's basketball game to Marquette on Friday.

The Tigers got a spark off the bench from forward Trevesha Jackson, but that wasn't enough as Auburn couldn't make enough plays in the final two minutes when they had chances to win.

The Tigers, who trailed most of the game, took the lead at 61-60 on a pair of free throws by DeWanna Bonner with 1:27 left. However, Danielle Kamm quickly scored to put the Golden Eagles back on top and Auburn didn't score the test of the game.

Tamela McCorvey missed a three-point shot that would have put Auburn ahead and another one with eight seconds left to tie the game as Auburn fell to 0-2 in the Paradise Jam and 3-2 for the season. Marquette is 4-1. The Tigers also lost to Xavier.

Auburn hit just 41.1 percent from the field while the winners made 46.8 of their field goals, including 5-15 threes and 16-24 free throws. Auburn made 3-10 treys and 12-19 free throws. Marquette held a 33-32 edge in rebounds and each team committed 16 turnovers.

"We fought hard and kept doing things to get back in the ball game," said Auburn coach Nell Fortner, whose team trailed by double figures in both halves. "We just couldn't get over the hump and hold on to a lead."

Bonner led Auburn with 16 points. She was 4-9 from the field and hit 8-9 free throws.

McCorvey, who was 5-14 from the field and 3-8 on threes, scored 15 points for the Tigers and added six assists.

Jackson, who is bouncing back from ankle injury, gave the Tigers a spark with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds in 27 minutes of playing time as a reserve.

Christina Quaye led Marquette with 21 points and Krystal Ellis added 20 points.

In another loser's bracket the Tigers will wrap up their road trip to the Virgin Islands with a noon CST game vs. Western Michigan.

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