After being intentionally fouled, Lander's Ebonie Hudson is cheered on by her teammates while taking her shot. Lander defeated Francis Marion 74-71. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
Following a performance in which his team wilted in the first half against USC Aiken, Lander University women's basketball coach Kevin Pederson wanted his team to come out and show Saturday it was tired of being mired in a losing streak.
In return, the Bearcats gave him one of their most spirited performances of the season, leading wire to wire against Francis Marion and walking out with a 74-71 victory that snapped a six-game losing skid.
"We needed (this win) badly," Pederson said. "We were upset with them after the Aiken game, because for a team that, at that point, had lost five in a row, we didn't play like it. ... So we told them we wanted to see an effort out there that shows (they're) tired of losing, and they played harder (Saturday). It was good to see we could do that and keep them at bay.
"It's a step in the right direction. The first one in a long time."
Lander (9-13 overall, 4-9 Peach Belt Conference) struck first with a 3-pointer by guard Ty'hesha Reynolds just 33 seconds into the contest, and never gave up the lead. But that didn't mean it was easy, as Aiken (11-9, 6-8) stayed within nine points for the entirety of the second half.
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