Lander rides turnovers to 88-67 win over USC Aiken

Lander rides turnovers to 88-67 win over USC Aiken

AIKEN, S.C. – The Lander women's basketball team remained the hottest club in the Peach Belt Conference as the Bearcats scored 48 points off of 31 USC Aiken turnovers en route to an 88-67 win over the Pacers on Saturday afternoon. The win marked Lander's ninth victory in its last 10 contests. 

Mylea McKenith and Symone Starks paced four Bearcats (13-5, 10-2 PBC) in double figures with 23 and 21 points, respectively. The duo also combined for 10 assists and eight steals. 

Tabitha Dailey netted 19 points while Jessica Harris added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Sarah Crews dished six assists in the game. 

The Pacers (9-9, 5-7 PBC) dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Bearcats, 42-25, while shooting 54.0 percent from the field. However, Lander attempted 20 more shots than the Pacers and was an efficient 47.1 percent from the floor. The Bearcats committed only 11 turnovers in the game. 

Trailing 38-37 with 8:15 left in the third quarter, McKenith nailed a three-pointer to kickstart an 18-1 run capped by an and-one from Harris. Quin'De'Ja Hamilton connected from deep in the final seconds of the period to give Lander a 65-51 lead heading into the final period. 

The Bearcats opened the fourth with a 13-2 burst to extend the lead to 25 points after six consecutive points from Dailey. In total, the Bearcats netted 51 points in the game's final 20 minutes, marking the fourth time this year Lander has scored over 50 points in the second half. 

Lander returns to Horne Arena to face North Georgia in a battle of the conference's top two teams on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.