Former Bearette finishing AUM career with a splash

By PATRICK MacCOON Banner Sports Writer
Posted 1/12/17

For former Bradley Central Bearette Kaylan Withrow, her senior season with the Auburn University at Montgomery Lady Warhawks has brought along several special honors.

In her last season playing …

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Former Bearette finishing AUM career with a splash

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For former Bradley Central Bearette Kaylan Withrow, her senior season with the Auburn University at Montgomery Lady Warhawks has brought along several special honors.

In her last season playing for a team which is making the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II basketball this season and will be a full-fledged member of the Gulf South Conference in 2017-18, Withrow has added to her stellar career with her ability to drain it from deep.

AUM’s starting shooting guard currently has made 304 career 3-pointers and is the only player in program history to eclipse the 300 mark. The 5-foot-6 sharpshooter surpassed the school record with four treys to bring her total to 282 against Florida Southern Dec. 17.

With 1,189 career points after a 19-point game in a home win against Middle Georgia Monday, Withrow moved into seventh all-time on the AUM career scoring list. She became the 16th member of the 1,000-point club for her women’s basketball program Nov. 19.

The Cleveland native is averaging a team-high 12.6 points per game this season and lit up the scoring column like never before in her college career in her home AUM Gymnasium Dec. 29.

Withrow scored a career-high 39 points and shot 13-of-25 (9-20 3PT) from the field. She scored 24 points in the second half, which included a 6-of-9 mark from downtown, and helped seal the victory with all four of her free throw makes in the final 12 seconds.

She also has a 34-point outing in her career, in which she made a program record 10 3-pointers back on Nov. 1, 2014, in her sophomore campaign against Florida Memorial.

The two-time second team member of her former All-Southern States Athletic Conference (NAIA) has scored at least 17 points on five different occasions for the Lady Warhawks (4-14). She has also made at least four shots from beyond the arc on seven occasions this season.

Withrow has played a crucial role in helping AUM win three of its past four games, in which she has averaged 23.3 points and 5.5 successful 3-pointers per contest.

When the Lady Warhawks travel to Selma University Jan. 21, it will be her 100th career start. She has scored in double figures in 55 of her outings.

Last season she set the single-season record for made 3-pointers with 108, which ranked second in NAIA competition, and helped UAM to a 23-10 record and its first national championship tournament since 2008-09.

Withrow has been a consistent scorer throughout her career, as she averaged 12.1 as a junior (398 points), 11.6 (348 points) as a sophomore and 12.1 (217) as a freshman. Her big game ability also has resulted in four games with at least 26 points or more.

The 3-point shot has accounted for most of her damage, as she has a .368 mark from long-range on 304-of-825 shooting. Withrow has made at least seven 3s in a single game on five occasions.

She shot the second best season mark in program history from long range in her rookie campaign, as she made 54-of-118 (.458) to earn an all-freshman team honor as well as the AUM Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award.

Not only impressive from 20.9-plus feet away from the basket, Withrow is 95-of-112 (.848) from the charity stripe as well over her career. She also has 117 assists and 99 steals in her career.

UAM has nine games remaining this season, and at Withrow’s current pace of 3.1 long-range bombs a game, she would finish with approximately 332 career triples, 33 away from being among the top 25 3-point shooters of all-time in women’s college basketball.

Three-pointers have accounted for 76.7 percent of her career scoring total.

She helped Bradley Central to a 29-3 record and to an appearance at the state tournament in the 2012-13 season, as she averaged 8.5 points, 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.4 3-pointers per game.

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