The Tigers, who shot a seven-over-par total of 295, are in eighth place at the 24-team event at the Country Club of Landfall. Auburn's three-day team total of 884 is 26 shots off the pace set by Purdue, which moved past Southern Cal into the lead.
Auburn, which is 20-over-par going into the final day of competition on Friday, was led by junior Cydney Clanton during Thursday's round as she shot an even par 72. Clanton posted 14 pars, two birdies and two bogeys. Clanton is at one-under-par 215, which puts her in a tie for seventh place individually.
Auburn's next two scorers, Candace Schepperle and Haley Wilson, shot rounds of 74 and the fourth and final scorer was Patricia Sanz, who shot a 75.
Freshman Carlie Yadloczky continued to struggle posting a round of 81 after shooting 77 and 79 the first two rounds.
Auburn, the last team to tee off on Thursday, got off to a shaky start,. "We kind of put ourselves behind the eight ball, but somehow it is working," Auburn coach Kim Evans said. "We came in here with a game plan, but we have had to throw it out the window and just take what we have been dealt. I am proud of them, we are somehow holding on and we will just get back at it, re-tee it and do it again tomorrow."
Evans added, "Cydney kept us in the game again and Candace keeps playing well. Candace is all over a good round, just a couple of putts short of a great round. The two of them have continued to show up and play solid golf."