MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 2, 2015) – Allison Jones scored her 1,000th career point, and the Milligan College women’s basketball team erased a 19-point, third-quarter deficit to defeat St. Catharine College 77-67 Monday night to open the home season at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.
Jones became the second Buff to reach 1,000 career points already this season as Hayley Wyrick eclipsed the same mark in the team’s road victory last Thursday at Cincinnati Christian. Jones scored 10 points, all in the first half, and registered number 1,000 on an and-one with 5:12 left in the second quarter.
At that point, Milligan (2-0) was battling to keep it close as St. Catharine (0-2) used a 9-0 run in the first quarter and multiple runs of 4-0 in the second quarter to take control of the game. The Lady Patriots then came out in the third quarter with a 16-4 run where they expanded the lead to 50-31 with just under 15 minutes to go, but it was nearly all Milligan from there.
The Buffs stayed hot into the fourth quarter as Callie Cox knocked down a three from the wing to make it a six-point game, then four possessions later gave the Buffs the lead with a triple from the corner.
Although the lead was short-lived, Cox and the Buffs followed their 10-0 run with a game-ending 15-5 run where they claimed it for good. Cox had five points, including another 3-pointer, during the final stretch, finishing as one of five Buffs in double figures.
Wyrick led Milligan with 16 points, while Cox and freshman Sarah Robinson had 15 apiece. Price had 12 and Jones had 10.
Robinson added 14 rebounds for a double-double in her home debut, and Price also earned a double-double with 11 rebounds. Price also had five assists, a block and a steal.
Five of Robinson’s 14 rebounds came on the offensive end, and she had two in a span of three possessions, both ending with made baskets underneath, during Milligan’s final push to reclaim the lead. The latter offensive putback came during the 10-0 run where Milligan went ahead for the first time since the 2:14 mark of the first quarter.
For St. Catharine, Miranda Wilson led all scorers with 17 points while adding four rebounds, three assists, and four steals. The Lady Patriots put three others in double figures, including Patrice Tonge who scored 11 points with seven rebounds.
Milligan will be home again on Wednesday, Nov. 4, for a 7:30 p.m. meeting with Warren Wilson College. The Buffs will then hit the road for a stretch of five road games, beginning with ETSU on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. at Brooks Gym.