FRANKFORT, Ky. ----- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Scholar Athletes on Monday, and two Auburn University at Montgomery student-athletes were among the 127 honored with the prestigious distinction for their efforts in the classroom.
Senior Haley Williams and junior Candace Dyer were each honored by the NAIA for maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The student-athlete must also have a junior academic status to qualify for the award.
"This is really a great reflection on the emphasis we put on developing the total person," head coach Dan Davis said. "I am very proud of these young ladies and the standard they set in being a complete student-athlete. They were leaders on our team and well respected by their teammates, all while balancing their academics at a high level."
Williams, a secondary education major from Dothan, Ala., was a recipient of the award after posting a 3.71 grade points average. She averaged 3.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game for the Warhawks, however, in the final seven games Williams increased her production significantly, averaging 5.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest in 32.1 minutes per game. The senior scored in double figures twice, including a career-best 11 points against William Carey on Feb. 16.
Majoring in organized leadership, Dyer sports a 3.73 cumulative grade point average in the program. She played in a reserve role for the Warhawks this season, but is one of the true leaders on the team. The junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., appeared in just 40 minutes for the Warhawks pulling down seven rebounds, dishing out five assists and swiping two steals.
The women's team finished the 2011-12 season with a 14-16 overall record and ended its season by dropping a 55-47 decision to SSAC Tournament Champion Belhaven.