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. 2: Drayton Becomes First Warhawk in Three Years to Earn NAIA Recognition
Earning NAIA honorable mention accolades is impressive enough on its own for Auburn Montgomery's LaKenya Drayton. Doing so while playing with a foot stress fracture for the majority of the season takes the accomplishment to a whole new level.
Drayton, a senior team captain in 2012-13, battled through the injury and received the national honor after leading the Warhawks with 12.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. She had nine double-doubles last year, and hit 47.1 percent of her shots from the field while starting every game.
"It's always a big thing to earn All-America status," head coach Dan Davis said. "If she hadn't been playing with that foot injury, I have no doubt that she would have been higher than honorable mention. Her performance and her work ethic throughout the season inspired the entire team."
The Hephzibah, Ga., native also earned All-Conference honors from the Southern States Athletic Conference. Drayton was the first Warhawk to garner accolades from both the NAIA and SSAC since Cassie Moore in 2009-10.
She had a 16-game streak of scoring in double digits from Feb. 4 – Nov. 30 of 2012. In her final season, she improved her point, rebound, shooting percentage and free throw percentage production from her junior campaign.
Drayton led the team in rebounding in half of AUM's 30 games, highlighted by a career-best 17 boards at Spring Hill in January. She was also the team's point leader on eight occasions, and was named SSAC Player of the Week on January 7.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Justice & Public Safety in May, Drayton will be returning to the women's basketball program in the fall as a graduate assistant.
"We're really excited to have her as a GA," Davis added. "She knows AUM, she knows our program, and she'll be another respected voice on the bench."
Check back tomorrow as the top moment from the 2012-13 season is revealed.
Women's Basketball Top Five Moments
2. Drayton Becomes First Warhawk in Three Years to Earn NAIA Recognition
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