Women's basketball beats GSW behind Dailey's career-high 33 points

Women's basketball beats GSW behind Dailey's career-high 33 points

GREENWOOD – The Lander women's basketball team rode Tabitha Dailey's career-high 33 points while Amiaya Melvins added a career-high 16 points as the Bearcats beat Georgia Southwestern 91-53 in Peach Belt Conference action Saturday afternoon at Horne Arena.

Lander extended its winning streak to four, improving to 8-4 overall and 5-1 in the PBC.

The Hurricanes suffered their sixth consecutive loss to Lander, dropping to 4-6 overall, 1-3 in the Peach Belt.

The Bearcats are now 7-0 this season when scoring 85 or more points.

Dailey only played the first three quarters, making 14 of 19 shots from the floor and five of eight free throws while also grabbing seven rebounds. The junior forward's previous career high of 22 points came in a victory over Erskine on Nov. 28.

"It's a great game for our team," said head coach Kevin Pederson. "Tabitha Dailey's been a great story for our team this year, she works hard. You love to see the kids who have paid their dues and now it's her turn and she's been huge for us."

Melvins came off the bench and scored her 16 points on six of seven shooting from the floor and four of five free throws while also grabbing six rebounds. Her previous career high was 12 points.

Jessica Harris flirted with a triple-double for the Bearcats with 14 points, nine assists and seven boards.

Mylea McKenith added 13 points for Lander while Sarah Crews led the team with 10 rebounds and Symone Starks contributed six assists.

Georgia Southwestern had no double-figure scorers. Tyra Smith led the Hurricanes with nine points while collecting eight rebounds. Lex Chatman paced the visitors with nine boards.

Lander shot 51 percent from the floor (37 of 72) to just 29 percent for Georgia Southwestern (22 of 76). The Hurricanes were just six of 32 (19 percent) from behind the three-point arc.

Dailey and Harris dominated the first quarter, combining for 25 of Lander's 32 points. The Bearcats made seven of their first eight shots from the floor and led 32-17 going into the second period. Dailey scored 13 points, Harris added 12, and McKenith finished off the quarter with a three-pointer from the left corner off a nice whip-around pass from Starks.

Lander extended its lead to 49-32 at halftime as Dailey added nine more points. She had already tied her career high with 22 points in the first half on nine of 10 shooting from the floor and four of six free throws.

Dailey scored 11 more points in the third quarter while McKenith added three baskets, helping stake the Bearcats to a 71-44 advantage going into the final period.

Melvins scored 12 points in the fourth quarter while Miriam Recarte added three baskets inside as Lander's lead continue to grow. Melvins made a driving layup, increasing the Bearcat advantage to 91-51 just inside the two-minute mark.