Lady Buffs tripped by Wesleyan8:53 am | February 13, 2012
The Milligan College Lady Buffaloes might have thought they were in the movie Groundhog Day Saturday afternoon at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.
Milligan fell behind only to catch up and then saw everything happen all over again, only to have a performance overshadowed by the outstanding shooting of Tennessee Wesleyan.
The No. 18-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan squad came out firing and held off a few challenges by the Lady Buffaloes in a 78-71 win for the road team on a cold snowy day in West Carter County.
TWC showed why it was ranked nationally early by jumping out to a 17-2 lead in the early minutes.
Wesleyan used back-to-back three pointers from Leah Frazier to propel the team to the lead and the Lady Buffs were very out of sorts.
Credit Milligan for hanging in and down 28-14 in the first half, the Lady Buffs, led by local products Jaimee Hill and Chelsey Weddle, sparked the defense and force TWC into Milligan’s game.
The Lady Buffs responded by hitting some big shots and in about a minute and a half sliced Wesleyan’s advantage to 28-24 following a 10-0 spurt.
However, Wesleyan was not very happy that the underdog Lady Buffaloes had pushed their way back into it and they began attacking Milligan’s zone and had great results.
By halftime, Wesleyan was back ahead 44-27 and it looked like it was going to be a rout again.
Wesleyan remained comfortably in front until midway through the second half when another local player, former Unicoi County standout Alisha Mainer, hit some big shots and made some key stops and Milligan rallied its way back into the contest again.
Hill’s high school teammate, Johneshia Good, also hit some big shots down the stretch and Wesleyan’s advantage was cut late to 70-67.
Frazier then nailed foul shots down the stretch and Milligan just ran out of gas and couldn’t pull off the upset.
Frazier topped TWC with 19 points. Kayla Kelly led Milligan with 22 while Good had 17 and Mainer had 14.
The Milligan women will be back in action Tuesday night at 5:30 at Columbia. TWC improves to 20-7, 13-3 in the AAC while Milligan falls to 7-9, 15-13.