GREENWOOD – The No. 21-ranked Lander women's basketball team held rival Erskine to 25.0 percent shooting from the field and forced 21 turnovers en route to a 93-47 win over the Flying Fleet on Thursday morning in Finis Horne Arena.
Lander (2-1), playing in front of a crowd of 697 middle school students for its "District 50 Education Game," earned its 16th consecutive victory over Erskine (0-3). The 46-point win was Lander's largest margin of victory since a 98-48 victory over Augusta on Jan. 27, 2018. From the 9:31 mark of the second quarter until the 3:11 mark in the third period, the Bearcats outscored Erskine 52-7.
"All we were preaching was 'we've got to turn the pressure up'," said head coach Kevin Pederson. "The offense was all layups, it was points created off our pressure defense. That's really what we saw during that run."
Erskine took an early 6-3 lead, but Lander moved ahead for good on a Jessica Harris three-pointer with 1:43 left in the first quarter. That basket sparked an 11-0 burst that saw the Bearcats extend the lead to double-digits. Lander outscored the Fleet 29-7 in the second quarter to take a 49-21 advantage into the locker room.
Lander's best defensive stretch came in the third quarter as the Bearcats held Erskine scoreless for the first 6:49 of the period, scoring 23 consecutive points to build a 72-21 lead.
Four different Bearcats scored in double-figures, led by Sarah Crews and Tabitha Dailey's 17 points. Dailey also finished with 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Amiaya Melvins netted 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Harris scored 11 with seven assists and six rebounds.
The Bearcats wrap up a four-game homestand next Tuesday night when they host No. 13 Anderson. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in Horne Arena.
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