ROME, Ga. ----- The Auburn University at Montgomery fell behind 11-0 in the opening six minutes of the contest and was unable to recover, as it fell to No. 18 Belhaven, 55-47, in the second round of the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Thursday at The Forum.
"I am so proud of the effort our girls gave today," head coach Dan Davis said. "Even after falling behind early, they stayed focused and did not give up. I am extremely thankful for our three seniors and their leadership this year. I hate that we could not send them out winners. Losing them will not be easy, but we have some nice pieces in place coming back. We just have to get back to work and find a couple more players to add to our returning players and I think we will be in good shape."
Junior LaKenya Drayton led the Warhawks with 15 points and 15 rebounds, marking the sixth time in the last seven games she has posted a double-double. Senior Areial Woods added 12 points and nine rebounds from her guard position.
Despite their efforts, AUM was unable to overcome 30 points from Regena Jackson. The two-time SSAC Player of the Year scored 20 points in the first half, as Belhaven established a 30-21 halftime lead. Jackson was the lone Lady Blazer to score in double figures.
For the game, the Warhawks converted 32.7 percent of their shots from the field, hitting 17-of-52. AUM also struggled from the charity stripe, knocking down just 57.9 percent. The Warhawks also committed 18 turnovers, leading to 17 Belhaven points. The Lady Blazers hit just 32.1 percent from the floor, but committed only seven turnovers. On the glass, AUM held a commanding 48-35 advantage, including a 17-12 lead in offensive rebounds.
With the loss, the Warhawks end their season with a 14-16 overall record. The Lady Blazers improved to 24-6 and advanced to Shorter, who defeat Faulkner in double overtime today. The game marked the final collegiate game for Woods, Courtney Thacker and Haley Williams.