Rallying from a 10-point halftime deficit, Lander (4-6) scored a season-high in points and ended a four-game losing streak. The Crusaders fell to 5-5.
Irby fell one assist shy of a triple-double. The guard also had a game-high 11 rebounds and nine assists. Irby was three points shy of her career-high of 33 points achieved earlier this season at UNC Pembroke.
Jennifer Hukill added 17 points for the Lady Bearcats, Lashaundra Dubose had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists; Tara Nyikavaranda had 12 points and nine rebounds; and Shaquanta Glaze added 11 points.
Amber Rector led North Greenville with 23 points, Audrey Toscano had 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds; Sarah Giles had 16 points, and Debbie Wyatt 10 points.
Lander opened the second half with an 11-2 spurt to get back into the game. Hukill's 3-pointer pulled the Lady Bearcats within 46-45 with left. Irby's 3-pointer tied the game at 50 with to go, forcing
After Rector's two driving lay-ups gave the Crusaders a 60-56 edge, Lander got hot. Glaze tied the game at 60, and Irby hit a reverse lay-up, was fouled, and converted a three-point play to give the Lady Bearcats their first lead of the game since 2-0, making it 63-60 with to go.
Irby scored eight points to extend Lander's lead, then Hukill hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Bearcats their largest advantage of the game at 88-77 with approximately two minutes to go.
Dubose's lay-up closed Lander within 26-24 with to go. But Rector and Giles hit 3-pointers and Robin Warner converted a three-point play, highlighting a 13-4 run to extend
For the game, the Lady Bearcats shot 49 percent from the floor (35-for-71), 76 percent from the free-throw line (16-for-21), and 31 percent from 3-point range (5-for-16).