Throughout the summer, AUM Athletics will look back at the top five moments of the 2012-13 winter and spring sports seasons, beginning this week with women's basketball. Check back throughout the week as we countdown to the number one moment.
No. 5: Emergence of Psachal Maize as a Starter
In her first 11 games as a member of the Auburn Montgomery women's basketball team, junior guard Psachal Maize provided a steady, if unspectacular presence for the Warhawks. Maize averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game as a reserve.
An opportunity for additional playing time quickly transformed the Mobile native into one of the best players on the team.
Inserted into the starting lineup after a season-ending injury to Keisha Moore, Maize led the team in scoring over AUM's last 19 games, averaging 12.3 points per contest and posting double-digit point totals on 12 separate occasions. At the end of the season, she was rewarded with a spot on the Southern States Athletic Conference All-Division team.
"It was really exciting to see Psachal develop into, in my opinion, one of the top five guards in the conference," head coach Dan Davis said. "She had actually missed the first six weeks of practice due to foot problems. I think her end-of-year performance says a lot about her mental toughness and persistence to get better every day. She had a tremendous season."
Maize's best stretch of the season came in a six-game stretch towards the end of January, beginning with a season-high 23 point performance against Faulkner on Jan. 12. She would rack up at least 10 points in five of those six games.
Maize was particularly proficient from the free throw line for AUM, shooting 50-of-56 (89.3 percent) from the charity stripe as a starter and 57-of-67 overall. A well-rounded player, she added her first double-double of the season against Mobile on Feb. 16, ending that contest with 11 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high five assists. Maize also led the team in minutes as a starter, averaging 35.3 minutes per game.
"She played all those minutes, and she also tended to draw one of the toughest assignments on defense as well," Davis said. "She just really took advantage of her opportunity to start. She was a big bright spot for us, and it really gets you excited about what she's going to bring next year."
Check back tomorrow as the number four moment from the 2012-13 season is revealed.
Women's Basketball Top Five Moments
5. Emergence of Psachal Maize as a Starter