Thu, Mar 01, 2012 - [Women's Basketball]
ROME, Ga. ---- The Southern States Athletic Conference announced its postseason awards list on Thursday and seven Auburn University at Montgomery women's basketball student-athletes were honored, highlighted by LaKenya Drayton and Keisha Moore being named to the All-West Division team.
Also recognized for their play this season were Marren Schwartz on the league's All-Freshman team, while Caitlin Cunningham, Candace Dyer, Kamesha Strong and Haley Williams were named to the conference All-Academic team. Dyer was selected the Warhawks member on the Musco Lighting Champions of Character team.
Drayton, a junior from Hephzibah, Ga., enjoyed a stellar first season at AUM, averaging 9.6 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game. She scored in double figures 15 times, including the last seven games, and recorded eight double-doubles. She added 25 assists, 22 blocked shots and 16 steals, while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor. Drayton enjoyed her greatest success in the final third of the season for the Warhawks, as she has averaged 13.2 points and 10.3 rebounds in the past 10 games.
Also in her first season with the program, Moore made an immediate impact by averaging a team-best 12.6 points per game. In addition to scoring, the Selma, Ala., native, averaged 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.7 assists per game. The sophomore scored in double figures 20 times, including a season-best 33 points at Brenau on Jan. 7. Moore also added a team-leading 44 3-pointers and five blocked shots.
Schwartz started nine games for AUM as a freshman and averaged 2.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. From Monroe, Ga., Schwartz enjoyed her best game with the Warhawks against New Orleans on Dec. 30, when she posted career highs in points and rebounds, scoring 11 and grabbing 17 boards, respectively. She also pulled down 14 rebounds at Brenau and of her 123 total rebounds, 48 have come on the offensive end. On the season, she added 15 blocked shots and nine steals.
To qualify for the All-Academic team, student-athletes must have completed two terms of attendance and earned at least 24 semester hours of college level work, have attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher and be participating in their sport during the semester in which the nomination is made.
An elementary education major, Cunningham is averaging 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game this season. Of her 104 rebounds on the season, 43 have come on the offensive end, a mark which ranks fourth on the team. She also leads the team in field goal percentage, converting 60.5 percent of her shots from the floor. On three occasions this season, the junior from Winchester, Tenn., has scored in double figures, including a season-best 15 points against Concordia-Selma. She has grabbed a season-high nine rebounds twice.
Majoring in organized leadership, Dyer has played in a reserve role for the Warhawks this season, but is one of the true leaders on the team. The junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., appeared in just 40 minutes for the Warhawks pulling down seven rebounds, dishing out five assists and swiping two steals.
A starter for the first seven games before suffering a season-ending injury, Strong averaged 3.1 points, 2.9 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game for the season. The Selma native scored a season-high seven points at Georgia Southwestern on Nov. 12 and dished out a season-best five assists against Concordia-Selma in the season opener. Strong is majoring in secondary math education.
Williams, a secondary education major from Dothan, Ala., has averaged 3.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game for the Warhawks this season. However, in the past six games, all starts, Williams has increased her production significantly, averaging 6.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest in 32.7 minutes per game. The senior has scored in double figures twice, including a career-best 11 points against William Carey on Feb. 16.
The SSAC also announced its individual award winners for the year. Belhaven's Regena Jackson repeated as league Player of the Year, while Kelly Ellison of Shorter and Hollie German of Lee shared Divisional Player of Year honors. Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Mobile's Alice Honnery, while Faulkner's Nyla Johnson and Christina Hayes garnered Freshman and Newcomer of the Year honors, respectively. Ashley White from Brewton-Parker was selected the 6th Man of the Year and Lee's Marty Rowe was voted Coach of the Year.