Milligan, Tenn. -- A cruel thing happened on what looked to be the first victory in the coaching tenure of Megan Dzikas as her Patriots took the court for the second game of the season at Milligan College (Tenn.). St. Catharine (0-2) led by as many as 15 points in the second half and still held a nine point advantage entering the fourth quarter.
But Milligan (2-0) outscored the patriots by 19 points in the final quarter to notch a 77-67 victory. The Patriots managed just four field goals in the fourth quarter as the Buffaloes scored 30 points in that period.
Milligan shot 68 percent in the second half to overcome a cold shooting first half in which they made just 35.5 percent of field goal attempts. Milligan won the rebounding battle 40-28 and scored 40 points in the paint in taking advantage of a height advantage.
Four Patriots scored in double figures led by Miranda Wilson (Corbin, Ky.) who had 17. Patrice Tonge (Lebanon, Ky.) and Cora Moore (Louisville, Ky.) each had 11 points and Kayla Wilson (Corbin, Ky.) added 10. Tonge led the patriots in rebounding with seven caroms.
Milligan took the lead for good at 64-62 with 4:42 remaining and held the Patriots to just one field goal from that point on.
The Patriots will now look for their first win when they host Ave Maria (Fla.) on Friday at 6 p.m. ET in their home opener.