The Lady Bulldogs suffered to AAC losses over the Thanksgiving break. They hosted Milligan College on Tuesday night and then traveled to Truett McConnell on Saturday. The Lady Buffaloes defeated TWC 81-66 and then Lady Bears won 41-40.
In the game against Milligan, Tennessee Wesleyan trailed 31-20, but rallied to go ahead 38-36 on a bucket by Armeka Booker and went into the halftime tied at 38. The teams traded baskets before Cody Houck had four straight points and Booker capped a 9-0 run that put the Wesleyan women on top, 60-51, with just over nine minutes to play. Milligan came back to pull even at 62 with 4:15 to play. It was also at that point TWC lost leading scorer Booker to fouls. Milligan continued to pull away outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 30-4 in the last ten minutes of the game.
Armeka Booker netted 16 points; Cody Houck 13 and 11 rebounds; Bailey Lyness 12 on four 3-pointers and Courtney Gobble 12.
On Saturday, TWC got a 3-pointer from Bailey Lyness and layup by Armeka Booker for an early 5-0 lead. Down 6-5, Cody Houck drained a "3" and Kelsey Young hit two free throws for a 10-6 advantage. However, Truett-McConnell ran off 11 unanswered points to go ahead, 17-10, as TWC went scoreless for the next five minutes. Courtney Gobble's short jumper brought TWC within four at the intermission, 23-19.
In the second half, Armeka Booker's three-point play drew Wesleyan even at 26 at the 13:29 mark. Booker kept the score tied at 28 and Houck's free throw allowed Wesleyan to inch on top, 29-28, but the Lady Bears ran off the next six points for a five-point lead, 34-29. Accounting for the final 11 TWC points, Booker tied the score again at 34 and 36 and gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead with two free throws at 38-36. Truett then wrapped five points around a Wesleyan turnover and TWC's only remaining points came on Booker free throws with 41 seconds to play.
Armeka Booker finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Houck netted eight points with nine boards.
The Lady Bulldogs travel to Union College on Wednesday to play at 5:30 pm.