MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Dec. 3, 2014) – With a strong defensive performance, the Milligan College women’s basketball team was able to snap a four-game losing streak with a 56-41 victory over the Truett-McConnell College Lady Bears at home Wednesday evening.
Milligan improved to 2-8 overall (2-4 AAC), winning its second game of the season, and Truett-McConnell fell to 1-8 overall (0-6 AAC).
“We are really making an effort to play together and I thought our team defense was really good tonight,” Head Coach Rich Aubrey said. “We played very well defensively forcing 26 turnovers, and we held them to 38 percent shooting and 18 percent from the 3-point line. We rebounded really well in the first half, not as well in the second, but very well in the first half. We just really played hard and together.”
After trading the lead early in the game, the Buffs were able to capture the lead and hold onto it for a 56-41 victory over the Lady Bears. At the start of the second half, the Buffs were able to extend their lead to as many as 20 points after a 17-8 run led by Hayley Wyrick, who recorded 11 of the 17 points in the run.
The Buffs defensive pressure proved to be too much for the Lady Bears as the Buffs were able to force 16 turnovers in the first half, and to finish with a total of 26 forced turnovers, which matched the most this season, 11 of which were steals. Kelly Barnett and Callie Cox accounted for seven of the team’s 11 steals with four and three respectively, a career high for Barnett.
Leading the team in scoring, Wyrick scored 15 points and is now ranked No. 15 in the nation in total scoring. Allison Jones rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11. Wyrick, Barnett and Cox all led the team in rebounds with six apiece, another career high for Barnett, and Lindsee Price and Barnett recorded three assists each.
Truett-McConnell was led in scoring by Veronika Brooks and Heather Shore with 10 points. Natalie Johnson recorded 10 rebounds, while Monica Hammond recorded four blocks in the contest.
The Buffs will host the Lady Lions of Bryan College, who are currently receiving votes in the national top 25 poll, on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. It will be the first game of a doubleheader with the men’s basketball team taking on the Lions at 4 p.m. Both games will feature the annual “Silent Night” theme where fans remain silent until Milligan’s 10th point.