Lady Bearcats rally past Shaw, 81-65

Tasheba Butler
Tasheba Butler

WASHINGTON - The second-ranked Lander women's basketball team exploded for 54 second-half points Saturday afternoon to come from behind and defeat Shaw University, 81-65, and give head coach Kevin Pederson his 100th career victory at Lander in the first game of the University of District Columbia Holiday Classic.

Lander improves to 10-0 overall, while Shaw drops to 5-3. The Lady Bearcats will face host University of District Columbia at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Pederson has posted a 100-62 overall record at Lander in six seasons and his overall coaching record, including three and a half seasons at Anderson University, is 188-93.

Shannon McKever posted a double-double with a season-high 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Jasmine Judge had 21 points and six rebounds. Tasheba Butler grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds, Mukia Myrick added 10 points, and Brittni Johnson dished off eight assists and had four steals.

Aslea Williams had a double-double for Shaw with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Kyria Buford added 14 points and nine rebounds, and Victoria Tanner and Allyssa Lane netted 10 each.

After Shaw led 35-27 at halfime, the Lady Bears increased the margin to 38-27 on Lane's three pointer 20 seconds into the half. Lander then went on an 11-2 run on four McKever field goals and a three by Judge to cut the lead to 40-38 with 16:55 left in the game.

A Myrick jumper tied the game at 47-47 at 11:45, then Lander scored the next eight points on another Myrick shot, a three-point play by McKever and a three pointer from Judge to take a 55-47 advantage at 10:06.

Lander posted its first double-digit lead at 64-53 on a pair of Butler free throws with 6:31 left to play.

Shaw wouldn't get the lead under double figures the remainder of the game.

Judge gave Lander its biggest lead at 17 points -- 79-62 -- with 1:25 remaining.

The two teams opened the game with ties at 8-8, 10-10, and 14-14, before the Lady Bears made a 16-6 run to take a 30-22 lead with 4:57 left in the first half.

Lander connected on 33-of-84 field goals for 39.3 percent, including 8-of-31 threes for 25.8 percent. The Lady Bearcats made 7-of-9 free throws for 77.8 percent.