MONTGOMERY, Ala. ----- Following the completion of Southern States Athletic Conference play on Saturday, the conference office announced the schedule and pairings for the upcoming SSAC Basketball Tournament, which will be played at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl from February 27 to March 2.
The AUM women's team earned the No. 2 seed in the West Division and will take on the College of Coastal Georgia, the East Division's No. 3 seed, on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 12:30 p.m. The men, who earned the No. 3 seed in the West, will face Emmanuel, the East's No. 2 seed, on Thursday at 9:45 p.m.
The Warhawk women (21-8, 13-5 SSAC) and the Mariners (23-7, 15-5 SSAC) squared off earlier this year in Brunswick, Ga., with AUM earning a 56-52 victory.
Senior LaKenya Drayton leads the Warhawks in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, respectively. Juniors Katie Williams and Psachal Maize have each elevated their production in conference play, as both are averaging better than 10 points per game.
Coastal Georgia, the winners of five consecutive games, is led by the duo of Crystal Chaney and Maria Marshall. Chaney is scoring a team-best 11.7 points and pulling down 7.8 rebounds per contest, while Marshall adds 10.4 points and a team-leading 9.1 rebounds per game, respectively.
The men's team (13-13, 10-8 SSAC) hosted No. 17 Emmanuel (26-3, 15-2 SSAC) back on January 4 and fell to the Lions 61-39. The 39 points was a season-low for the Warhawks. In the contest, Emmanuel scored 18 consecutive points midway through the second half to break a tie game.
Junior Reshad Bickham and sophomore Quay Davis are each averaging in double figures for the Warhawks. Bickham is averaging 13 points per game and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game, while Davis is chipping in 11.2 points per game.
Four Lions are scoring in double figures, led by Adrian Justice at 15 points per game. Michael Stanley is scoring 11.8 points per game, while pulling down a team-high 8.0 rebounds per contest.
Ticket prices for the tournament are just $6 for adult general admission tickets. Tickets for students from participating institutions are only $3 with a valid ID, while children under 12 will be admitted for $2. Kids five and under are admitted free.
COMPLETE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Multiplex
Game 1 (W): #5E Southern Wesleyan vs. #4W Mobile - 11 a.m.
Game 2 (M): #5E Coastal Georgia vs. #4W Loyola - 12:45 p.m.
Game 3 (W): #4E Emmanuel vs. #5W Loyola - 2:30 p.m.
Game 4 (M): #4E Truett-McConnell vs. #5W Mobile - 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Multiplex
Game 5 (W): #1E Lee vs. Winner of Game 1 - 9 a.m.
Game 6 (M): #1E Lee vs. Winner Game 2 - 10:45 a.m.
Game 7 (W): #2W AUM vs. #3E Coastal Georgia - 12:30 p.m.
Game 8 (M): #2W Faulkner vs. #3E Southern Wesleyan - 2:15 p.m.
Game 9 (W): #1W Faulkner vs. Winner of Game 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Game 10 (M): #1W William Carey vs. Winner Game 4 - 6:15 p.m.
Game 11 (W): #2E Southern Poly vs. #3W Belhaven - 8 p.m.
Game 12 (M): #2E Emmanuel vs. #3W AUM - 9:45 p.m.
Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Multiplex
Game 13 (W): Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 7 - 2 p.m.
Game 14 (M): Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 8 - 4 p.m.
Game 15 (W): Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 11 - 6 p.m.
Game 16 (M): Winner of Game 10 vs. Winner of Game 12 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Multiplex
Third Place Game (if needed) (W): Losers of Game 13 vs. Loser of Game 15 - 2:30 p.m.
Championship Game (W): Winner of Game 13 vs. Winner of Game 15 - 5 p.m.
Championship Game (M): Winner of Game 14 vs. Winner of Game 16 - 7:30 p.m.