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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball upset No. 10 Lander on the second day of the PBC/SAC Challenge, winning 71-52. The Bears used an 11-0 run to close the first half and led the rest of the way for the huge early season victory. Emily Harman lead all scorers with 19 as Harman was joined by Blaikley Crooks (18), Azariah Fields (16), and Hannah Stull (10) in double figures. This is the first time the Bears have started 2-0 under Grahm Smith.
It was the first win against Lander in the challenge. Lander won the first three meetings. Bears move their record to 4-4 in PBC/SAC Challenge in the last four years.
Harman is 17 points away from 700 career points. Bears have not been ranked since the 2014 season. They came in at No. 24 in that weeks poll.
The first five minutes was a back and forth start. Lander opened a four point lead at 15-11 with 4:08. The Bears than went on a 11-0 run to end the quarter. Lander came back and took a 27-26 lead with 3:56 left in the half but the Bears went another huge run to end the quarter. This time it was another 11-0 run to end the half. Harman had the last five points. Harman had 16 of her 19 points in the first half as the Bears hit 52.9% from the field in the half. Lander shot 46.2% but the Bears had a 10 point advantage.
In the second half, the back and forth continued in the third quarter but the Bears won each and every quarter on the afternoon. Bears stretch the lead to twenty-two with 4:36 left in the game, the second straight game the Bears have had a twenty point lead in the half. Fields had a dozen in the half for her season high of 16. LR shot 9-11 from the free-throw line in the half after missing both attempts in the first half.
Fields led the Bears with eight rebounds as the teams tied 31-31 on the glass. After five steals in the first game of the season, Morgan Landsiedel added three more in this contest. Bears forced 21 turnovers as they were +5 on the day. Crooks had 18 points and averaged 17 points on the weekend.
L-R is 2-0 to start the season. The Bears will open their home schedule on Wednesday with a matchup against Lees-McRae. Tip-Off from Shuford Arena is scheduled for 5:30 PM.