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. 4: At 10-0, Team Gets Off to Best Start in 13 Years
Last year, the Auburn Montgomery women's basketball team won 21 games for the first time since 2006-07.
A key factor in this was the Warhawks' fantastic early season form. AUM won its first 10 games of the season, which was the longest winning streak to start a year since the 1999-00 Warhawks won their first 12 contests en route to a 33-4 season.
"It's always exciting to start a season strong," head coach Dan Davis said. "A lot of those games were on the road against quality competition, and there were a lot of close games. It definitely helped create a winning atmosphere which lasted all year long. It was nice to see all the girls' hard work in the summer and preseason practices get rewarded."
Eight of the Warhawks' victories in the streak came away from the AUM Gymnasium, and five of the contests were decided by a single digit scoring margin. AUM also registered four Southern States Athletic Conference victories, highlighted by a 54-49 win over No. 9 Lee.
AUM's defense was a crucial part of the team's success all year, as the Warhawks finished the year ranked eighth in the NAIA in scoring defense, and that prowess was on display to start the season. In the opening 10 games, no opponent scored more than 60 points, and AUM held teams to less than 50 points in eight of the contests.
Senior captain LaKenya Drayton powered the Warhawks during the stretch, averaging 15.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She scored in double figures eight times, and added three double-doubles. Keisha Moore chipped in 10.6 points per game, while Katie Williams averaged 8.1 points and Marren Schwartz contributed 5.5 points and 5.4 rebounds.
The Warhawks would end the year with a 21-9 record, coming up one spot short of earning a spot in the NAIA National Tournament.
Check back tomorrow as the number three moment from the 2012-13 season is revealed.
Women's Basketball Top Five Moments
4. At 10-0, Team Gets Off to Best Start in 13 Years
5. Emergence of Psachal Maize as a Starter