January 4th , 2013 1:40 am Leave a comment

Lady Buffs stay perfect in AAC play

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LAURENBURG, N.C. — The Milligan College women’s basketball team remained perfect in Appalachian Athletic Conference play as they defeated conference newcomer St. Andrews University 84-57 on Thursday night in Laurinburg, N.C.

Dorian Freeman quickly scored five points to help Milligan pull out to a 7-2 lead in the opening minutes, and the Buffaloes maintained a 14-6 lead five minutes into the game.

Allison Jones drained a 3-pointer to give Buffaloes a 22-12 lead midway through the opening half.
The Lady Knights slowly cut into the Milligan lead as they pulled within six points with 3:30 left in the half. However, baskets from Johneshia Good and Kayla Kelly sparked a 15-4 run to end the first half and give the Buffaloes a 41-24 lead at the half.

Milligan saw Tracy Hardiman and Kelly each hit a pair of free throws in the opening minutes, and a Kelly jumper gave the Buffaloes a 49-32 lead five minutes into the period.

The Buffaloes extended their lead to 21 points midway through the second half as Hardiman scored off a Freeman assist. From there, it was all Milligan as they kept the Lady Knights at bay.

Kelly led the way with a game high 17 points, while Jaimee Hill ended the game with 13 points. Jones and Hardiman had 12 points apiece, while Good finished the night with 10 points.

As a team, Milligan was 31-of-61 (50%) from the floor and 8-of-16 (50%) from the 3-point line. St. Andrews finished the game 21-of-58 (36%) from the field and 4-of-14 (29%) from behind the arc.

With the win, the Buffaloes improve to 3-0 in AAC action and 10-5 overall, while St. Andrews drops to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

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MILLIGAN 82
ST. ANDREWS 60

Milligan pulled away late in the first half and never looked back.

The teams traded baskets to open the game as Milligan scored on a 3-pointer from Mickey Woods and a jumper from Torian Sitton, but they trailed 6-5 four minutes into the game. Tyler DeVault scored on a tip-in and Woods connected on his second 3-pointer of the game to put the Buffaloes in front, and Milligan maintained a 22-17 lead midway through the first half.

After the Knights pulled within one point, Milligan went on an 8-0 run sparked by a Cory Hendren 3-pointer to take the game’s first double-digit lead, but St. Andrews quickly closed the gap back to six points. However, the Buffaloes ended the half on a 11-3 run to take a 44-32 lead at the half.

In the second half, Cartree Pettis kicked off the scoring with a basket, and DeVault and Sitton added points to help Milligan start the half on a 6-2 run to increase their lead to 18 points four minutes into the period. Scott Blake drained a 3-pointer and jumpers from DeVault and Pettis gave Milligan a 67-41 lead midway through the half.

The Milligan defense held the Knights to just nine points over the next seven minutes to preserve the lead and take the victory.

Woods recorded a game-high 18 points and six assists. DeVault finished the game with 17 points, while Sitton tallied 14 points. Blake ended the game with 10 points.

As a team, the Buffaloes finished the game 33-of-58 (57%) from the floor and 7-of-15 (47%) from the 3-point line. St. Andrews ended the game 22-of-56 (39%) from the field and 6-of-19 (32%) from behind the arc.

With the win, Milligan improves to 2-1 in conference action and 9-6 overall, while St. Andrews falls to 0-3 in AAC action and 0-11 overall.

Milligan’s women and men return to action on Saturday as they host Reinhardt University in a conference tilt. Game time inside Steve Lacy Fieldhouse is set for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

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