The Lady Buffaloes also started 9-0 in 2015 and finished that season 23-8. That season ended with an opening-round 76-59 loss to Marian University in the NAIA tournament.
One of the key catalysts to the strong start for No. 25 Milligan is senior guard Andi Lamb more than doubling her scoring and rebounding output from last season. So far this winter, she is averaging 13 points and pulling down 4.1 rebounds per contest.
“After last season, we decided that we didn’t want a repeat of that start,” Lamb said. “This year, we’ve had a lot of people contribute, so we really haven’t had to rely on one person to do everything. If someone is having an off night, then someone else can step up and we don’t really panic.”
The senior from Chuckey enjoys playing close to home, saying that her parents make it to almost every game at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.
“It’s really nice playing that close,” she said. “My grandpa tries to make it to every game and it’s always great to see them in the stands.”
Lamb is on track to graduate in the spring and wants to be a physician’s assistant. She was also one of six academic All-Americans last season for the Lady Buffs.
“I try to make the most of my time,” she said. “When I’m not doing anything with basketball, I’m studying for something. With finals week coming up, I’m studying like six hours a day right now.”
Lamb has also made trips to Belize over the past two summers with mission trips. Along with members of her church, Lamb has helped a multitude of families build homes and provide better living conditions for the natives.
On the court, the Lady Buffs have five different players averaging double figures in scoring. It makes them one of the toughest teams to defend in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. They are already 7-0 in league play this season.
“I’m very blessed to be a part of this program,” she said. “Not only do we have great players on the court, they are even better people off the court. Coach (Rich) Aubrey is always telling us to make the best of the opportunities that we are given and I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re doing so well.”
The team features nine other seniors along with six freshman. There are a lot of contributors on the team with five different leading scorers already this season.
“What I like about this team is that we have personalities and people from all over,” she said. “We’ve been able to push each other. We have 26 people on the team and we have really good team chemistry. You can’t really tell the difference between a senior and a freshman on this team. We really do play as one.”