MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- After keeping the game close for most of the first half, the No. 20 Auburn Montgomery women's basketball team could not keep up with the hot shooting of No. 2 Freed-Hardeman and the Lady Lions' star guard Natalie Shumpert.
Shumpert scored 33 points, and the Warhawks dropped their first game of the season by a 75-49 score. The Lady Lions held just a 22-19 edge with 4:21 remaining in the first, but they ended the half on a 12-3 run and gradually pulled away after the break.
"That run sort of took the wind out of our sails," Head Coach Dan Davis said. "In the second half, it was hard for us to regain any momentum. Give Freed-Hardeman a lot of credit. They hit shots and we didn't. It's a good game for us to learn from."
AUM falls to 10-1 in 2012-13, while Freed-Hardeman remains undefeated at 10-0.
LaKenya Drayton led the Warhawks with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Marren Schwartz had four points, seven rebounds and a season-high four blocks. Keisha Moore had six points and two steals in the opening 10 minutes before leaving with an apparent knee injury.
The Lady Lions showed why they are the nation's best 3-point shooting team, hitting 5-of-7 long distance attempts in the second half and 7-of-13 for the game. Overall, Freed-Hardeman shot 46.2 percent from the field while AUM hit 40.0 percent of its shots. The Warhawks were 3-of-14 from 3-point range.
Freed-Hardeman held a 40-22 advantage in the paint, and scored 24 points off of 21 AUM turnovers. Shumpert hit 14 of her 21 field goal attempts and 5-of-8 from long distance.
"Give Shumpert a ton of credit," Davis said. "We threw everything we could at her, but she was just in a zone. She hit a lot of shots, and she was hard to deal with."
Kamesha Strong added nine points for AUM in the losing effort, while Ashley Rush hit all three of her shots to finish with seven points.
The Warhawks will look to get back on track next Saturday with a 1 p.m. road matchup at Division II West Georgia. The Wolves are currently 4-3 on the season.
"This team is tough," Davis said. "We've got a lot of resiliency. Basketball isn't like football where one loss can really hurt you. We're hurting right now, but we've got to pick ourselves off the mat and get ready for the next one."