MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Auburn University at Montgomery freshman women's basketball guard Kaylan Withrow has been selected the fifth recipient of the Army ROTC Athletic Achievement Award for the 2013-14 school year, for her efforts both on and off the court.
The award is presented to a student-athlete certified for eligibility and involved in a varsity sport that contributes to the team's success through their individual leadership skills, their commitment to teamwork, their extra effort during practice and their demonstration of sportsmanship.
Additional contributing factors include academic success, character and exemplary community outreach, as well as performance on the field or court during the previous two weeks.
Withrow, a Cleveland, Tenn., native owns a 4.0 GPA as an education major, while having been actively involved in community service during her time at AUM. She has participated in a number of activities throughout the year, including serving as a volunteer reader at Blount Elementary School, assisting in a clinic at the Prattville YMCA and being a "Big Sister" in the Women's Basketball Hoop Club.
In addition to her off-court contributions, Withrow has become a vital piece to the Warhawks' offense following the winter holiday break.
"Kaylan has been a breath of fresh air for us" explained head coach Dan Davis. "She leads by example every day in her work ethic and commitment to getting better on the court. She is a vocal leader and pushes her teammates every day."
On the court, Withrow averaged 13.4 points and 4.0 assists per contest, as she helped AUM earn wins over then-No. 16 Coastal Georgia as well as Morris College. She also scored 22 points against Faulkner, before setting a season-high 26 points at Morris, where she went 8 for 10 from beyond the arc.
The former Bradley Central Bearette has started in all nine games she’s appeared in this season and is third on the team with an overall scoring averaging 11.6 points, plus she has 27 assists, 21 rebounds and eight steals in those contests. The long-range bomber is hitting an amazing 50 percent (28-of-56) of her 3-point attempts, plus has made 34-of-82 (42 percent) from in front of the arc.
Kaylan is the daughter of De Anna Runion, and the late Marty Runion, and Jeff Withrow, all of Cleveland. “We are very proud of our daughter and the ability that God has given her,” stated her mother.