Women’s basketball tops Carson-Newman

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Ty'hesha Reynolds netted 13 points in Lander's win over Carson-Newman on Saturday afternoon (File photo by Dylan Seely)

HARROGATE, Tenn. – The Lander women’s basketball team forced 29 turnovers and held Carson-Newman to just nine fourth quarter points as the Bearcats toppled the Eagles, 68-53, on Saturday afternoon during the second day of the Peach Belt/South Atlantic Challenge.

Lander improves to 1-1 overall, while Carson-Newman slips to 1-1.

Jessica Harris led the Bearcats with 19 points, while Ty’hesha Reynolds added 13 points. Breshay Johnson finished with nine points, nine rebounds and threeassists.

Carson-Newman’s Kailyn Brooks led the Eagles with 12 points, while Tatum Burstom had 10 points and seven rebounds on the day.

The Eagles led 14-11 after the first quarter by connecting on 75 percent of their shots, including a pair of threes. Lander rallied to take an eight-point lead midway through the second quarter and the Bearcats withstood a late Eagle rally to take a 30-26 lead into halftime.

Lander opened the second half on a 13-4 run to extend the lead to 13 points and a Harris buzzer-beater to end the third quarter gave the Bearcats a 51-44 advantage.

A 12-0 Lander run to begin the fourth quarter was too much for Carson-Newman to overcome, as the Bearcats held on for the 68-53 victory.

Lander won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Eagles, 47-35.

For the game, the Bearcats connected on 22-of-68 field goals (32.4 percent), including 6-25 threes (24.0 percent), and 18-of-29 free throws (62.1 percent).

Carson-Newman made 20-of-47 floor shots (42.6 percent), including 5-of-16 threes (31.3 percent), and 8-of-10 foul shots (80.0 percent).

The Bearcats will travel to Converse College next weekend for the Courtyard Clash.

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