ROME, Ga. ------ The Auburn University at Montgomery women's basketball team outscored Brewton-Parker 18-6 during the final 7:21 of the game and turned a one-point lead into a 13-point victory, as it defeated the Lady Barons, 45-32, in the opening round of the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Wednesday at The Forum.
With the win, the Warhawks improved to 14-15 on the season and will now play the West Division's top seed, Belhaven, Thursday at noon. Brewton-Parker's season came to an end with a 15-16 record.
"This was a good win for us," head coach Dan Davis said. "The concept in tournament play is to survive and advance, and when you hold your opponent to 32 points, you should move on. I thought our girls did a good job of showing patience and poise against Brewton-Parker's zone and we played solid team defense. We have a tough opponent in Belhaven in our next game, but we just have to keep doing what we have been doing these last six games."
Junior LaKenya Drayton led AUM with her fifth double-double in six games, as she scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Sophomore Keisha Moore added nine points off the bench, while senior Courtney Thacker chipped in seven points.
The Warhawks held a three-point advantage, 19-16, at the half, but led by just one, 27-26, following a basket by the Lady Barons' Andriea Hoskins with 7:21 remaining in the contest.
AUM followed with nine straight points, capped on a trey by senior Haley Williams to extend the lead to 10 points, 36-26, with 3:59 remaining.
Despite hitting just 54.2 percent of their free throw attempts, the Warhawks knocked down six consecutive in the final 48 seconds of the contest and 11-of-13 from the 7:21 point to provide the final margin.
For the game, AUM converted 27.3 percent of its shots, but thanks to a stifling defense, allowing the Lady Barons' to hit just 24.6 percent. Each team committed 17 turnovers, but the Warhawks recorded 17 points off those miscues, compared to just nine for Brewton-Parker. AUM also held a commanding 51-39 advantage on the glass, including an 18-11 lead on offensive rebounds.
Ashley White led the Lady Barons with 10 points and seven points. Hoskins and Crystal Nwaopora each finished with four points and six rebounds.