Haley Williams was selected the 10th recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award.
Women's Basketball - Wed. Apr. 11, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Auburn University at Montgomery women's basketball senior guard Haley Williams was selected the 10th recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award for the 2011-12 school year on Wednesday, 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.
Williams was nominated for the award following the Warhawks' participation in the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament. During the two-week span for which she was honored, she averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 30.8 minutes per game. She helped AUM to a pair of victories during the time, including a win against nationally-ranked Loyola University New Orleans and a 45-32 victory over Brewton-parker in the SSAC Tournament opening round.
On the season, 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. She scored in double figures twice, including a career-best 11 points against William Carey on Feb. 16.
"Haley played a key role to our strong finish to end the season," head coach Dan Davis said. "Off the court, she is committed to excellence in the classroom, as well as with her service to the community. She is a great example of the type of student-athlete we are looking for in our program."
Williams, a secondary education major from Dothan, Ala., also excels in the classroom, where she sports a 3.71 grade points average. Following the completion of the 2011-12 season, she was selected a NAIA Scholar Athlete for maintaining a 3.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale.
In addition to her efforts academically, Williams is also committed to giving back to 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. She has also assisted with several American Red Cross Blood Drives on campus and participated in AUM's annual Pink Zone game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
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 eventual SSAC Tournament Champion Belhaven.