No. 15 Texas A&M women edge Auburn 64-62 in SEC tourney

              Texas A&M's Kayla Wells, left, drives against Auburn's Abigayle Jackson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference women's tournament Friday, March 8, 2019, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Kayla Wells scored 28 points and hit the game-winner with 5.3 seconds left to push No. 15 Texas A&M past Auburn 64-62 on Friday night in a Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinal.

The third-seeded Aggies (24-6) move on to face No. 10 seed Arkansas in a Saturday semifinal despite committing a season-high 26 turnovers. The Aggies also played without Chennedy Carter. The SEC scoring leader will miss the conference tournament with a fractured finger on her right shooting hand.

Ciera Johnson and N’dea Jones added 12 points apiece for Texas A&M. Jones scored 10 points in the second half, and finished with a game-high 13 rebounds.

Janiah McKay scored 17 points and Unique Thompson had 13 for sixth-seeded Auburn (22-9).

Jones scored on a left-handed layup that tied it at 62 with 1:11 left, and Auburn missed on its next possession. Following a Texas A&M timeout with 26.3 seconds left, Wells drove the lane and scored on a turnaround jumper.

McKay lost her footing at the top of the arc, yet managed to toss up an awkward 3-point attempt that fell short at the buzzer.

Auburn built a 32-28 halftime lead, with 13 points coming off 18 Aggie turnovers. Texas A&M opened the third quarter on a 15-2 run, but Robyn Benton hit a fade-away jumper at the quarter-buzzer to give the Tigers a 51-50 lead and momentum entering the fourth.