MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Dec. 6, 2014)- After taking the lead early, the Milligan College women’s basketball team was unable to overcome the pressure put on by the Bryan College Lady Lion as they fell 69-55.
Milligan fell to 2-9 overall (2-5 AAC), while Bryan College, who is currently receiving votes in the national top 25 poll, improved to 9-2 overall (5-1 AAC).
From the start of the game, the Buffs had to battle for every inch of space on the court. The Buffs were able to take an early lead, but they could not match the 3-point shooting of the Lady Lions. The Lady Lions were up by as many as 12 points, but with the shooting combination of Allison Jones and Hayley Wyrick, who accounted for 22 of Milligan’s 30 points at the half, the Buffs were able to battle back to within six heading into the half.
With only seconds left on the clock, Wyrick launched a shot from well behind the half-court line that resulted in three attempts from the free throw line. Wyrick hit all three shots, which gave her six points in a span of 19 seconds to close out the half.
The second half wasn’t any easier. The Buffs were able to pull within four points of the Lady Lions, but the Buffs were unable to contain the pressure applied by the Lady Lions as they were able to extend their lead to win the game 69-55.
Jones led the team in scoring with 18, which was also her career high, followed by Wyrick with 15. Chelsea Weddle led the team in rebounds with 11, and for the second game in a row, Lindsee Price recorded three assists.
Kristin Lane of Bryan College recorded a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Sydney Rau went 5-of-6 behind the 3-point line recording 15 points total.
The Buffs will travel to Montana for a three-game road trip against Carroll College, University of Great Falls and University of Montana-Western before the holiday break. The Buffs will not return home until Jan. 10 to host Bluefield College.