Milligan women win, men fall at NAIA DII Showcase

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KINGSPORT, TN-  A strong finish propelled the No. 24 Milligan College women’s basketball team past Rio Grande Saturday afternoon on the first day of the NAIA Women’s DII Showcase, held at the MeadowView Marriott.

The win was Milligan’s sixth straight and improved the nationally-ranked Buffs to 6-2 (3-0 AAC).

Four Buffs reached double figures in scoring, led by senior Hayley Wyrick and sophomore Sarah Robinson who finished with 16 apiece. Robinson added 15 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and also had three assists, three blocks and three steals.

Morgan Gose and Cassidy Anderson both connected on three 3-pointers and finished with 11 each.

The game seesawed back and forth through the first 30 minutes with neither team going ahead by more than seven until a basket by Rio’s Sharday Baines near the nine-minute mark of the fourth quarter made it 57-49 in favor of the Red Storm. That was when Milligan’s strong run at the end began.

Savannah Raizor started the final push with a basket on the next possession, then after a stop at the other end, Gose knocked down a three on Milligan’s next two offensive trips to cut it to 59-57. Lindsee Price, who had one of her six assists on Gose’s first triple in the fourth-quarter surge, scored the game-tying basket with six and a half minutes left after faking a pass to Gose in the corner then finishing strong on the left side.

Robinson scored 90 seconds later to give Milligan the lead for good at 61-59, although Rio’s Baines connected on a deep 3-pointer with 90 seconds left to cut it to one at 68-67. From there, Wyrick converted on enough free throws and also came up with a steal on Rio’s last possession of the game.

The Milligan College men’s basketball team traveled to Kingsport on Saturday to compete in the NAIA Division II Showcase. The Buffs opened the tournament against the No. 19 ranked Warner University Royals and fell 103-88.

Milligan (4-4, 2-1 AAC) stayed within striking distance of the high-scoring Royals in the opening minutes. At the 14:49 mark, a three point play from sophomore Jacob Cawood put the Buffaloes within one and trailed 17-18. In the following minutes, Warner put some distance between them with a 14-3 run and took a 12 point lead.

Back-to-back field goals from freshman Bo Pless brought Milligan back to a seven point deficit with 8:42 to go in the first half.

The Royals shut out the Buffaloes over the next six minutes and went on a scoring frenzy, building a 30 point lead off a 23-0 run. Milligan trailed 32-59 at the half.

Courtesy: Milligan Athletics

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