AUM Women's Basketball clipped by Southern Poly, 74-64
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The Auburn Montgomery women's basketball team dropped its Southern States Athletic Conference matchup at Southern Poly, 74-64, Thursday night.
With the loss, the Warhawks slip to 9-10 in the conference and are 14-13 on the season. Southern Poly, now 21-6 overall and 15-4 in SSAC play, maintained the top spot in the SSAC East Division, while AUM stayed fourth in the division after Emmanuel and Southern Wesleyan each lost as well.
Katie Williams, Tina Odume and Kaylan Withrow led the Warhawks' offense, as each scored in double figures. Williams finished the night with a team-high 14 points, while adding five assists. Odume and Withrow tallied 11 points apiece, while Odume grabbed seven boards. Shanice Burnette chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.
Collectively, the Warhawks struggled shooting the ball, converting on 24-of-61 from the field (31.3 percent) and just 5-of-21 attempts from behind the arc (23.8 percent). The Hornets hit 40.6 percent, including 42.4 percent in the first half. Southern Poly also connected on nine 3-pointers.
AUM held an early 5-2 lead after a jumper by Odume with 17:09 remaining before the half, but the Hornets responded by scoring 20 of the next 24 points during the next seven minutes. Southern Poly extended its lead to 22-9 following a trey by Quentessa Bullock with 10:13 left in the period.
During the run, Sarah Ogoke rattled in a pair of threes, as she finished the night converting 4-of-9 attempts from three-point land and with a game-high 22 points.
A Withrow three and a pair of baskets by low-post presence Marren Schwartz helped AUM cut the margin to eight, 34-26, with 2:46 remaining. The Warhawks trailed 38-28 at halftime.
A quick jumper by Ogoke opened the second half scoring just nine seconds in, but Withrow immediately responded with a jumper herself. Odume followed with one of her five defensive rebounds, found Williams, who fed a dashing Burnette to complete the fast break and cut the lead to single digits, 40-32. Williams cut the Hornets lead to seven, 42-35, at the 17:05 mark when she buried a three. However, the Warhawks were unable to get any closer.
Bullock and Erica Turner also scored in double figures for the Hornets.
AUM will return to action Saturday, March 1, when it hosts local rival Faulkner. The regular-season finale is scheduled for 2 p.m. tip. The contest will also mark the final home game for Williams and Psachal Maize, who will be honored during Senior Day festivities.