SSAC names several AUM players to All-Conference teams

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Southern States Athletic Conference has released its All-SSAC teams and several members of the Auburn University at Montgomery basketball teams were named. The teams were released at the SSAC Tournament Banquet and were voted on by the coaches.

Charles Perona and Nathan Thomas were named All-SSAC for the men.  Perona, a junior from Tuskegee, averaged 11.5 points per game and while playing both the shooting and point guard position's.  He led AUM in assists (70) and in steals (46).

Thomas is a four-year member of the Senators.  The Mt. Juliet, Tenn. native recently scored his 1,000th career point.  He averaged 11.4 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game.  He also recently became the all-time leader at AUM in blocked shots, and completed the regular season with 51.

For his efforts on the defensive end of the court, Thomas was also named the SSAC Defensive Player of the Year.  Thomas was also named to the Musco Lighting Champion of Character Team.

Sophomore Stephen Jordan received the SSAC Sixth Man Award.  He averaged 9.3 points per game and led the team in rebounding (7.3).  He also led AUM in field goal percentage (.575) and was second in blocked shots with 23.

Carlie Ainsworth and Cassie Moore were named to the women's All-SSAC team.  Moore, a Montgomery native, led the team in points per game (13.1), rebounds (7.3), blocked shots (98), field goal percentage (.560) and was third in steals (26).  Moore was also named the SSAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Carlie Ainsworth, Montgomery, was also named All-SSAC.  The three-point sharp-shooter averaged 12.4 points per game and hit 85 three's on the season.  She also shot over 76 percent from the free throw line.

Senior Melanie Gess was named to the Musco Lighting Champion of Character Team.  The Notasulga native will finish her career with over 650 points and 650 rebounds.

AUM also had five players named to the SSAC All-Academic Team.  They were Nicole Jones, Courtney Thacker, Ainsworth, Moore and Gess.