Bobcat rally falls short in exhibition at Milligan

Box score

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. --- The Milligan College women's basketball team held off a furious second-half rally by Lees-McRae College on Thursday night en route to a 73-59 win in an exhibition contest.

Lees-McRae and Milligan combined for 105 rebounds, as the Lady Buffaloes bested the Bobcats on the glass by a 62-43 margin, including a 19-9 advantage on the offensive boards. Johneshia Good (Johnson City, Tenn.) recorded a game-high 18 points for Milligan to lead three players in double figures, while LMC's Sophie Witte (Hamburg, Germany) posted a contest-best 12 rebounds.

Jaimee Hill (Johnson City, Tenn.) chipped in 14 points for Milligan, while Heather Mandela (Fairfax, Va.) posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Alisha Mainer (Flag Pond, Tenn.) chipped in 11 boards of her own, while Mandela and Good posted game-highs of four blocks and four assists, respectively.

Megan Tate (High Point, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with 12 points, knocking down a trio of three-pointers, while Witte and Paige Whitaker (Harrisburg, N.C.) chipped in nine and seven points, respectively. Witte also posted a game-high four blocks, while Kasey Haynes (Mooresville, N.C.) chipped in a contest-best four steals.

Milligan started off strong, opening an early 8-2 lead on a three-pointer by Victoria Dailey (Knoxville, Tenn.) before extending the margin to 17-6 with a triple from Dorian Freeman (Augusta, Ga.) at the 10:57 mark on the heels of a 9-4 run. Lees-McRae would fight back, cutting the lead to 24-16 on a trey by Tate before Milligan launched a 14-10 spurt to take a 38-26 lead into the intermission.

The Lady Buffaloes carried the momentum into the second half, stretching the margin to a game-high 17 points, taking a 43-26 lead with a 5-0 spurt to open the half. Lees-McRae would answer, launching a furious 19-6 run over the next seven minutes to cut the margin to 49-47 on a jumper by Haynes with 10:44 remaining.

Milligan would respond, answering with a 12-5 run over the next six minutes to open a 61-52 lead on s Good jumper with 4:51 to play. The Bobcats rallied once again, cutting the margin to 61-58 with a 6-0 run before the Lady Buffaloes answered again, closing out the win with 12-1 run over the final three and a half minutes.

Lees-McRae returns to the hardwood on Thursday, Nov. 18 when the Bobcats open their season at home against Tennessee Wesleyan University. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

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