MOBILE, Ala. ---- Sophomore Tina Odume picked up career-highs in both points and rebounds, leading Auburn Montgomery to a 72-61 win over Mobile on Thursday.
Odume finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds, registering her first double-double at AUM. Katie Williams led the Warhawks with 18 points, while Psachal Maize added 15 points and a team-high four assists.
"It was a great team effort on both ends of the floor," Head Coach Dan Davis said. "We took some of their best punches, withstood them, and were always able to make a run of our own. The girls showed a lot of resiliency throughout."
AUM (15-5, 8-2 SSAC), which scored the first seven points of the game, never trailed throughout the contest. A 3-pointer by Ashley Rush gave the Warhawks a 17 point lead midway through the first 20 minutes, and they took a 37-26 lead into the break.
The Rams (11-9, 6-5) cut the deficit to 39-35 early in the second half before AUM exploded for a 13-0 run to put the game out of reach. The Warhawks remain in a tie for first place with Faulkner atop the Southern States Athletic Conference West Division.
Odume shot 8-of-11 from the field in her best game as a Warhawk. Six of her 15 rebounds were on the offensive end, and she also added two blocks.
"Tina was terrific tonight on both ends of the floor," Davis said. "Not just the scoring and rebounding, but her defense was big as well. Her presence in the lane really affected their guards as they tried to penetrate inside. The scary thing is that she's nowhere near her ceiling."
The Warhawks dominated on the glass as a whole, out-rebounding Mobile by a 45-28 margin. LaKenya Drayton grabbed 11 boards, finishing with over 10 rebounds for the fifth consecutive game.
Defensively, AUM held Mobile to just 35.6 percent shooting from the field. It was the 15th time this year that the Warhawks have forced opponents to under 40 percent shooting, and they are 13-2 in those games. Courtney Bayliss had 20 points to lead the Ram attack.
AUM made 50 percent of its shots, including 5-of-11 attempts from long distance. Three of those five buckets came from Williams, who has now scored in double figures for five straight games, nailing 15 3-pointers during that span. She hit 7-of-13 shots from the field overall in tonight's game.
The Warhawks have shot 42.4 percent from behind the arc in the last three games.
"The reason we're shooting the 3's the way we are, it's a combination of our post play and the way we're moving the ball," Davis said. "We're not letting the ball stick on offense, and because of that we're getting some good looks and knocking them down."
The Warhawks return to the AUM Gymnasium this Saturday against William Carey. The game begins at 2 p.m., and will feature an appearance by the Auburn Pep Band and a celebration of Curtiss the Warhawk's first birthday.