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Milligan women beat Truett in AAC tournament

Daniel Manget and Kassi Butcher • Feb 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Kaely Gose scored her 1,000th career point as Milligan College women’s basketball team ran away with a 71-51 win over Truett McConnell University in the opening round of the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.

Milligan advanced to the quarterfinals and will face No. 13 Bryan College on Friday at noon.


Gose scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the season. She scored a 3-pointer in the first minute coming out of the break to help Milligan put the game away in the second half. This followed a big first half by Malarie Tallent that put the Buffs up 10 at the break. The game featured three ties and eight lead changes, all of which came in the first 15 minutes of action.

After the last tie of the game midway through the second quarter, Milligan scored the next six points as part of a 17-5 run to put their lead up to double digits. The Buffs led by double digits for the entire second half, including leading by as many as 24 in the fourth quarter.


Tallent scored a career-high 14 points and added four rebounds. Griffith added 11 points with seven rebounds while Halie Padgett totaled seven points with 12 rebounds.

Three players from Truett made it to double figures, led by Sierra Kendall, who scored 15.


Gose moved her scoring total to 1,036 points, including her career before transferring to Milligan. At Milligan, she has 1,009 points and 597 rebounds. She has 16 career double-doubles.


Gose is averaging 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game during her senior campaign.

Gose has six national averages in the top 50. She ranks No. 9 in NAIA Division II in defensive rebounds per game with 8.0 and No. 15 in total rebounds (294).


Milligan faces top-seeded and No. 13-ranked Bryan Thursday at 12 p.m. in the third game of the day. A win over Bryan would put the Buffs into the semifinals where they would face the winner of Allen and Kentucky Christian Friday at 6 p.m. The championship game is set for Saturday at 3 p.m.


Gose headlined the women’s squad with a selection to the first team while Jacob Cawood (first team) and Desean Green (second team) headlined the men’s team.

Additionally, Green and Mike Featherston made the All-Defense team.

Hannah Rodgers and Green were selected as Milligan’s champions of character. Bailey Berry, Sydney Breeding, Dani Bryant, Gose, Rodgers and Cali Weddle made the Academic All-Conference team for the women. Green, Nathan Hastings, Sasha Kaiukov, Teve Mushayamunda, Tyler Nichols and Bo Pless made the Academic All-Conference team for the men.


Featherston finds himself back on the all-defensive team for a second year in a row. Featherston finished the regular season with 214 rebounds, averaging 7.4 per game and currently leads the team in blocks with 46, averaging 1.6 per game.

Featherson is ranked nationally in the NAIA at No. 20 in total blocks and No. 24 in blocks per game. He is third in the AAC in blocks and blocks per game.


Green had double-digit scoring in nine of the last 12 regular season games and finished with an average of 11.0 points per game. He had seven games this season with double-digit rebounding and has recorded four double-doubles this season.

Green averaged 7.7 rebounds per game and added 141 assists and 48 steals. He leads the team in rebounds, assists and steals. He is nationally ranked in five categories with his two highest rankings being No. 11 in total assists and No. 14 in assists per game.

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