DUE WEST — Playing a team already out of playoff contention with nothing to play for, Erskine College women's basketball coach Russ Gregg stressed to his team that they needed to put Pfeiffer away early.
And that is exactly what the Flying Fleet did.
Erskine led by as many as 23 in the first half and continued to pour it on in the second, blowing out Pfeiffer 89-64 to end the regular season with a winning record after going 3-25 last year.
"They're not going to the tournament, so this was their last game," Gregg said. "I told the team this could go one of two ways: they could come out and be like, 'This is our last game of the year, let's make it count.' Or they could be, 'Oh my goodness, we have to go play another game.' That's why it was very important for us to start fast because if you let someone hang around, hang around, anything can happen.

"It was just a phenomenal team effort."
Right from the opening tip, Erskine wasted no time in burying Pfeiffer. The Fleet scored the first six points of the game and by the halfway point of the half, they led 31-12. Erskine eventually built up a 40-17 lead before Pfeiffer made a late run to pull within 18 at the break.