Big first-half lifts Lady Rams over Milligan 65-50
Bluefield led by 25 points at one point in the first half
Sports Information Department BC
January 10, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Johnson City, Tenn.- The Lady Rams were unstoppable in the first twenty minutes and their lead would be more than enough in their 65-50 victory over Milligan College in Tennessee on Monday evening.
Bluefield went on a quick 8-0 run to start the game, but Milligan would respond with a pair of free throws and a field goal to draw the score back to just two points with about 14 minutes to play in the first half.
The Lady Rams responded, however, as they embarked on a 18-5 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 31-10 lead. The Buffaloes used a 6-0 run towards the end of the half to close the gap, but trailed 37-16 at the break.
The Lady Rams shot a mere 44 percent from the field in the first half which wasn't spectacular, but the percentage more than doubled that of its opponent. The Lady Buffs shot just 22 perecent from the field in the first half playing a huge role in the reason why Bluefield got ahead so far at the break.
"We knew they had a good post player and would compete with us up and down the court", added Asst Coach Brokaw. "Its conference play, its going to be a dog-fight every time on the floor. We give credit to our girls for not allowing 'easy' shots within 15 feet of the basket. If we contest their looks, its going to be much harder for them to capitalize."
Milligan started the second half on a 6-2 run, but the Lady Rams battles back with a 6-0 run of their own. The Buffs were able to stop Bluefield at times, but the multiple and balanced offensive attacks the Lady Rams brought were tough in deciding who they should single out. Four Lady Rams scored in double-digits. On the other end, the Lady Buffs went inside to Alisha Mainer who scored the next eight points, including two straight 3-pointers. That sparked the Buffaloes on a 14-5 run to close the gap to 51-36 midway through the second half.
After four straight Bluefield points, Milligan went on another run as they outscored the Lady Rams 14-3 to cut the Milligan deficit to 65-55 with 1:30 left in the game. However, that was as close as the Buffaloes could get before time expired. Bluefield didn't let free throws hurt them either in the contest, where at times they have struggled this season. The Lady Rams shot 80 percent from the charity stripe going 13-16.
Bluefield has now won four straight in the AAC and are 9-5 overall. They are sitting in second place in the conference and will face Montreat College on Wednesday in North Carolina with first-place bragging rights on the line (Montreat sits at 1st-#15 in the nation).
Bluefield high scorers: Rouse (17), Gillard (14), McNeal (11) and Cataldi (11).