2016-17 Women's Basketball
Record: 23-6 Home: 11-1 Away: 10-5 Neutral: 2-0 AAC: 16-6
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Left to Right -- Dareyelle Avant, Brooke White, Vanessa Calhoun, and Lauren Ware
(RV)Milligan College
Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 11, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Point University (21-6; 14-6 AAC) was defeated by Milligan College (20-8; 16-14 AAC), 64-60, in Saturday, Feb. 11 Appalachian Athletics Conference women's basketball action in West Point Park Gym.  Point's four seniors were honored midcourt in between today's two basketball games.  With the loss, Point's seven-game winning streak came to an end, and the Skyhawks are no longer undefeated on their home court this season.


The four seniors honored on Senior Day were – Forward Brooke White (SR/Decatur, AL), forward Vanessa Calhoun (SR/Rome, GA), Dareyelle Avant and center Lauren Ware (SR/Woodland, AL).


Both teams were evenly matched offensively during the first quarter of play, and after the first quarter the Buffaloes held a slim one-point advantage over the Skyhawks, 17-16.  Point regrouped during the break between quarters, and pulled ahead of Milligan in the second quarter with 4:56 left in the quarter.  The Skyhawks led by as many as seven points in the second quarter, but the Buffaloes were able to keep the Skyhawk's lead to four points going into halftime, 32-28.


Point hit a three-pointer to start the second half, but Milligan quickly responded to the early basket with 9-0 run during the next 3:19 to take the lead with 6:16 remaining in the third quarter, 37-35.  Point recaptured the lead 1:40 later in the quarter, and led the Buffaloes by three points going into the fourth quarter, 49-46.  The Skyhawks made two early baskets in the fourth quarter to lead by 7 points with 8:16 left in the contest, but the Buffaloes 13-3 run that lasted over the ensuing 3:56, and led Point 59-56 with 3:19 left in the quarter.  A three-point field goal gave the Skyhawks a one-point lead with 1:44 left in the final quarter, but Milligan scored five unanswered points to close out the game and to earn the victory over the Skyhawks, 64-60.


After the comeback tough loss, Point head coach Tory Wooley said, "We played our hearts out tonight, but we just fell short to a very good team.  I want to thank all of our seniors and their commitment to our program.  We will get back in the gym and we will bounce back and regain momentum as conference play resumes next week."


Forward Courtney White (JR/Gulfport, MS) led the Skyhawks with 16 points and collected three rebounds.  Guard Brianna Jones (JR/Charlotte, N.C.) contributed a game-high 10 assists and also scored six points, grabbed five rebounds, and stole the ball one time.  Guard Deja Smith (JR/Baton Rouge, LA) chipped in 10 points, four boards, two assists, and one steal.


Guard Hayley Wyrick scored 19 points for the Buffaloes to go along with four assists and three rebounds, and forward Sarah Robinson finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and one assist.   


The Skyhawks hit 24-of-51 field goals (.471), 4-of-14 three-pointers (.286), 8-of-16 free throws (.500), were outrebounded the Buffaloes 31-30, committed 14 turnovers, and stole the ball four times.  Milligan made 20-of-44 shots (.455), 9-of-23 three-pointers (.391), and 15-of-21 free throws (.714) and committed 15 turnovers and stole the ball from Point one time.


NEXT GAME:  Coached by Tory Wooley, Point University continues its Appalachian Athletics Conference schedule with a Wednesday, Feb. 15 away game against Truett-McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia, at 5:30 p.m.