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. 3: Warhawks Rally from 14-Point Deficit on Senior Day
On the day that the Auburn Montgomery women's basketball team honored its four departing seniors, it was only fitting that two of those upperclassmen would play a key role in the Warhawks most thrilling victory of the season over Loyola.
Trailing 53-52 with seven seconds remaining, senior Kamesha Strong grabbed the rebound off a missed Wolfpack free throw and tossed the ball up ahead to Katie Williams, who found a streaking Ashley Rush for a game-winning layup.
The senior's go-ahead shot, which were her only two points of the contest, capped a stunning rally for AUM, which trailed 46-32 with 12:05 remaining.
"Every home game against Loyola in the last three years has come down to the closing seconds," head coach Dan Davis said. "This comeback showed the fight that our team had all year long. We had suffered a tough loss at William Carey in the previous game. To be able to bounce back the way we did really demonstrated their toughness."
The win was AUM's 21st of the season, clinching the program's highest win total in six years. The Warhawks actually trailed 53-49 with only 10 seconds remaining before Psachal Maize nailed a long 3-point attempt. Loyola would then miss a pair of free throws to set up the dramatic ending.
"That 3-pointer by Psachal was a play we had practiced all year," Davis added. "Then they missed those free throws and our girls reacted the right way. I thought Ashley's layup was going to stay on the rim forever, but it was great to have a senior finish off the win."
LaKenya Drayton and Caitlin Cunningham were also recognized on Senior Day along with Rush and Strong. All four played a part in the victory, as Cunningham tied a season-high with 10 rebounds and Drayton chipped in nine boards. Maize led the team with 17 points, while Williams added 15.
With the victory, the Warhawks finished Southern States Athletic Conference play at 13-5, which was good enough for second place in the West division. It was the most conference victories for AUM since the 2008-09 squad finished 15-5.
Check back tomorrow as the number two moment from the 2012-13 season is revealed.
Women's Basketball Top Five Moments
3. Warhawks Rally from 14-Point Deficit on Senior Day
4. At 10-0, Team Gets Off to Best Start in 13 Years
5. Emergence of Psachal Maize as a Starter