Andi Lamb scored 15 points, and the No. 22 Milligan College women’s basketball team put together a dominating first half and weathered a late storm in the second half in an 82-74 victory over Point University Tuesday evening at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.
The win put Milligan (23-5, 21-3 AAC) back on the winning track as the Buffaloes won for the seventh time in the last eight games and for the 13th time in the last 15 games.
Lamb scored 10 in the first half on the way to a team high 15 for the night. Three other Buffs were in double figures, with Sarah Robinson and Kaely Gose both scoring 12 and Teal Davis scoring 10. Robinson, Mackenzie Raizor and Gose each posted team highs of six rebounds.
Emma Kate Brown came off the bench to score seven points while posting four assists with no turnovers.
As a team, Milligan shot 52.8 percent from the field (28-53) and 63.2 percent from three (12-19).
PERIMETER SHOOTING KEY IN MILLIGAN WIN
The three-ball is what led the Buffs to an early lead, a big lead and, ultimately, the victory. Cassidy Anderson knocked one down on Milligan’s opening possession of the first quarter, starting a stretch of five straight made 3-pointers to begin the game.
By the time the Buffaloes missed from three, they had built a 14-point lead within the first 10 minutes. That lead swelled to 17 by the end of the first half (49-32) and to as many as 21 in the third quarter (56-35) and 18 in the fourth quarter (66-48).
Point (14-12, 13-11 AAC) did mount a comeback in the second half which made for an interesting finish, but Milligan once again found the answer in the three-ball. The Skyhawks scored eight straight points in the third quarter then cut the Milligan lead to eight (75-67) with just under three minutes left in the fourth. However, Anderson, who hit the first three to give the Buffaloes a lead they would not relinquish on the game’s opening possession, drained a three from the corner as the shot clock expired to provide the knockout punch.
It put the Buffs up 78-67 with 1:35 left, and they closed the game out at the free throw line.
Destinee Webster led the Skyhawks with 18 points off the bench. Nicole Izuagie and Te’ Johnson followed with 17 apiece.
Milligan, locked into the AAC regular-season runner-up spot, closes out the regular season this week with two games on the road. The Buffs travel to Bluefield, Virginia, Thursday for an AAC game at Bluefield College followed by a trip to Gainesville, Georgia, Saturday for the regular-season finale at Brenau University. The AAC tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 21-23, in Kingsport.
Story and photo courtesy of Milligan Athletics and Savannah Noccera