Bearcats end campaign with loss in Southeast Regional championship

Bearcats end campaign with loss in Southeast Regional championship

ANDERSON, S.C. – The fifth-seeded Lander women's basketball team pulled within five points in the fourth quarter, but fell short in a comeback attempt against second-seeded North Georgia, falling 73-62 in the NCAA Southeast Regional championship on Monday night at Anderson University.

Lander (24-9) ends its season with its best postseason run since 2012, while North Georgia (30-4) advances to the national quarterfinals in Columbus, Ohio. 

The Bearcats took a 16-13 lead into the second quarter, but UNG responded with a 9-0 run to begin the second period. Lander knotted the score at 24-24 on a Miriam Recarte three, but a 11-5 run from the Nighthawks put Lander down 35-29 heading into the locker room. 

North Georgia stretched the lead to 13 early in the third quarter and took a 56-44 lead into the fourth. For the third time in four days, the Bearcats put together a fourth quarter rally, drawing within five on a Tabitha Dailey layup with 1:26 to go. However, it would be the final points of the night for Lander as North closed the game out with six unanswered points, all at the free throw line. 

The Nighthawks shot 29 free throws on the night as Lander was whistled for 26 fouls. The Bearcats went 7-of-11 from the charity stripe. 

Jessica Harris led Lander with 18 points and five assists, while Sarah Crews hit four three-pointers and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Dailey posted 11 points off the bench. Despite fouling out with 7:39 to play, Mylea McKenith swiped a team-high three steals. Lander's all-time steals leader finished her career with 291 steals and 1,593 career points.