Double-doubles from seniors Sarah Robinson and Mackenzie Raizor led the No. 22 Milligan College women’s basketball team to another easy win Wednesday as the Buffaloes cruised past Columbia College 81-53 in an Appalachian Athletic Conference road game.
Milligan, second in the AAC and No. 22 in NAIA Division II, improved to 22-4 (20-2 AAC) with its fifth straight win and 13th win in the last 14 games. The Buffaloes also won for the ninth straight time head-to-head against Columbia, who dropped to 5-17 (5-17 AAC) this season.
Robinson posted her sixth double-double of the season with a game high 18 points alongside 10 rebounds. Raizor picked up her team-leading ninth double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Other Buffs in double figures included Emma Kate Brown, who had 12 points, three rebounds and two assists off the bench, and Andi Lamb, who scored 11 points and added three rebounds and two assists.
Milligan once again produced a complete game full of balanced scoring. Outside of the four in double figures, seven other Buffs entered the scoring column and the team scored 19 points in every quarter, with a maximum of 22 which they scored in the fourth. In fact, Milligan outscored Columbia 22-5 over the final 10 minutes.
Robinson scored the first basket of the game, and the Buffs never trailed. It started runs of 6-0, 16-8 and 19-9 as the Buffs built a double-digit lead within the first nine minutes of action. They led by as many as 18 in the first half and 28 in the second.
Columbia chipped away in between those two leads, trimming it to 13 midway through the third before making it an 11-point game at the end of the third. Raizor answered with the first basket of the fourth on a backdoor cut fed from Robinson to start a 5-0 run, and Milligan was never in any trouble.
Milligan returns to Steve Lacy Fieldhouse for its final two home games of the season, starting with senior day Saturday against Bryan. Opening tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. with a men’s game to follow at 4 p.m. Milligan can move within one game of Bryan’s conference lead with a win Saturday.
Story courtesy of Milligan Athletics | Photo Courtesy of Savannah Nocera and Milligan Athletics