SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Lander University women's basketball team used a 16-0 first-quarter run to cruise to an 83-68 Peach Belt Conference victory over host Armstrong State University on Wednesday evening at Alumni Arena.
The win tightened the grip on first place in the PBC East Division for the Bearcats (18-5, 11-3 PBC), while Armstrong State fell to 8-16 overall and 4-11 in the PBC. The Pirates are four games out of the final spot in the East Division for the upcoming PBC Tournament with four games left to play. Armstrong State next travels to Augusta for a 1:30 p.m. PBC matchup with the Jaguars on Saturday.
Lander jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the game's first minute, but back-to-back layups by junior Machala Raymonville and freshman Ashlyn Ellison cut the lead to 5-4. Lander's Mylea McKenith hit a basket with 7:20 left in the first quarter to make the score 7-4 and spark a 16-0 run over the next three minutes and eight seconds to assume control of the game, building a 21-4 lead.
Armstrong State trailed by 10 at halftime, 41-31, and could not get any closer than that in the second half against the Bearcats.
Senior Deundria Clark led a trio of Pirates in double figures with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. Raymonville finished with 13 points while senior Jessica Doyle added 12 points.
Lander placed five players in double figures, led by Destinee Langford's 20 points and Savannah native Ty'hesha Reynolds' 18 points. Breshay Johnson added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while McKenith had 11 points and Dabitha Dailey had 10.