Lander's Ty'hesha Reynolds shoots over GRU Augusta's defense during Wednesday night's game at Finis Horne Arena. The Bearcats wore pink jerseys to raise breast-cancer awareness and also celebrated the school's homecoming night.
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Facing a must-win situation in Wednesday night's game against Georgia Regents Augusta, the Lander University women's basketball team responded with what coach Kevin Pederson called their worst first half of the season.
Turns out they were just setting the stage for one of its best.
The Bearcats turned in one of their most spirited performances to rebound from an early, eight-point deficit and claim a 71-57 victory that moved them ahead of GRU in the race for fourth place in the Peach Belt Conference's East division.
"If that's not the best half they've played all year, it's definitely one of them," Pederson said. "It was one of their best performances in terms of the situation, facing a must-win game with some pressure. They really came through for us."
A sluggish first half in which Lander (11-14 overall, 6-10 PBC) shot 33.3 percent resulted in a 31-25 halftime deficit, but once the second half began, the Bearcats took over.
Defensively, they swarmed the Jaguars into shooting 30.6 percent after halftime, including a five-minute stretch in which GRU missed five shots and committed three turnovers as Lander went on a 15-0 run to put the game out of reach.
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