AMERICUS, Ga. ---- The Auburn University at Montgomery women's basketball team could not overcome a slow start and a 24-point halftime deficit, as it fell to NCAA Division II foe Georgia Southwestern, 81-49, Saturday.
The loss was the first of the season for the Warhawks, who are now 3-1 on the year. The Lady Hurricanes improved to 1-0 overall.
"We didn't come ready to play today," head coach Dan Davis said. "We matched up pretty well with them, but did not match their intensity from the tip. We did not play with the mental focus we expect from our girls from the get go and ended up getting embarrassed. We have got to get tougher, but will certainly learn from this game."
Junior LaKenya Drayton led AUM with eight points, while fellow juniors Kamesha Strong and Caitlin Cunningham each added seven points. Cunningham pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Drayton, junior Matika Sterling and freshman Marren Schwartz chipped in four boards each.
AUM, which trailed 41-17 at halftime, converted just 31.3 percent of its shots from the floor, including only 3-of-13 from behind the arc. In the opening period, the Warhawks hit just 6-of-27 shots and committed 14 of their 23 turnovers.
Jessica Bivens led four Lady Hurricanes in double figures with 16 points, while Adrian Randall finished with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
AUM will return to action on Friday, Nov. 18, when it travels to Cleveland, Tenn., to take on conference foe Lee. Tip-off against the Lady Flames is slated for 4:30 p.m.