GREENWOOD – The Lander women's basketball team got a double-double from Tabitha Dailey and 18 points from Mylea McKenith as the Bearcats pulled away from rival Erskine for a 91-73 win on Wednesday afternooon in front of 740 fans at Finis Horne Arena.
Lander (3-2) earned its 15th consecutive win over the Flying Fleet (2-5), improving to 42-17 all-time in the rivalry.
"We got off to a slow start," said head coach Kevin Pederson, "but had a good second quarter and went up by 18 points. The focus coming into this game was that we had to rebound the ball better. We did a better job, it was good to see Tabitha hitting the boards hard. I didn't feel like we were shooting the ball well early, but we ended up shooting the ball pretty well. We were solid, but this team can still be a lot better than what we're showing."
Dailey netted a career-high 22 points and gabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, while going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. McKenith connected on three three-pointers en route to her 18-point performance. Jessica Harris finished with 12 points, nine assists and five steals, while Symone Starks added 10 points for the Bearcats.
Megan Davis led the Flying Fleet with 22 points, while Alexis Scott grabbed eight rebounds and scored seven points.
After a first quarter that featured eight lead changes, Lander opened the second quarter with a 15-5 run to build a 10-point advantage that stretched to 18 by halftime, as the Bearcats took a 53-35 lead into the locker room.
Erskine would not pull closer than 12 points in the second half as 12 different Bearcats saw action, with nine scoring on the day.
Lander begins Peach Belt Conference play on Saturday afternoon as the Bearcats host Columbus State at 1:30 p.m.