Areial Woods was the seventh recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award.
Women's Basketball - Tue. Jan. 31, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Auburn University at Montgomery senior women's basketball guard Areial Woods was selected the seventh recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award for the 2011-12 school year on Tuesday, for her efforts both on and off the court.
Criteria for the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award includes being certified for eligibility and involved in participation of a varsity sport; performance on the field or court during the previous two weeks; contributions to the team's success through their individual leadership skills, their commitment to teamwork, their extra effort during practice and their demonstration of sportsmanship; and performance off the field of play, including academic success, character and exemplary community outreach.
"Areial was forced to step into the starting role due to an injury to our starter and we have not skipped a beat," head coach Dan Davis said. "She is a leader of our team by the way she competes every day. Her quiet personality speaks loudly on the court."
During the three-week span of her nomination, Woods helped the Warhawks to a 5-3 record, including a 3-1 mark in the Southern States Athletic Conference. She averaged 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game, while playing a team-high 32.6 minutes per contest. Highlighting the span was her performance in AUM's double-overtime road victory against Brenau, where she scored 16 points, had five assists and four steals in 43 minutes.
"Arieal is the first to congratulate a teammate on a job well done, but also the first to encourage when one is down," Davis continued. "She is well respected by her coaches and her teammates and is well deserving of this award."
Along with her success on the court, Woods has also played a key role in the community. She was involved in the 15th annual "Make A Difference Day," an event were children at the Molina Reading Center are able to pick out books, read with the AUM players and then take the books home for their own library. She also participates in the Angels for the Elderly program, a weekly function in which members of the team go to the Angels for the Elderly Assisted Living home and spend time with the residents, assisted with the 12th Annual Warhawks Challenge and helped fellow students move into the dorms on move-in day.
Also a stalwart in the classroom, Woods sports a 3.05 grade point average in the AUM physical education program.