GREENWOOD – The Lander women's basketball team rallied from a slow start to pull within five points of Anderson late Saturday afternoon before falling to the Trojans, 81-75, in a non-conference matchup.
Lander (4-4) became the first team to score at least 75 points against Anderson (6-2) in the Abney Center since Wingate netted 79 back on Feb. 25, 2017.
Anderson built a 26-14 lead in the first quarter, holding the Bearcats scoreless for a 4:47 stretch in the opening period. The Trojans stretched their advantage to 18 points lates in the second quarter before a Tabitha Dailey layup in the closing seconds of the first half made the score 42-28 Anderson.
Trailing by 10 entering the fourth quarter, Lander clamped down defensively to hold the Trojans to just 3-for-12 shooting from the floor in the final period. A pair of Symone Starks free throws trimmed the deficit to five, but Anderson converted eight of its final 10 free throws to ice the game.
Lander shot 32.9 percent from the field and a season-low 21.4 percent from three-point range. Anderson held a 47-44 edge on the glass and shot 43.3 percent from the floor. Mylea McKenith led the Bearcats with an efficient 20 points on 11 shots, while Dailey recorded her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 board, six of them coming on the offensive end. Starks finished with 10 points.
The Bearcats return to Peach Belt Conference play on Thursday night as Lander travels to Young Harris for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.