Wednesday Nov. 19, 2008
AIKEN, S.C. – Five different players scored in double figures as 20th-ranked USC Aiken acquired a thrilling 80-76 overtime victory over Newberry College in non-conference women’s basketball action on Wednesday evening at the Convocation Center.
The Pacers trailed by as many as 15 points with just under five minutes left in regulation at 68-53. From that point forward USC Aiken outscored Newberry 18-3. Down by just two at 71-69 with a few seconds left, USC Aiken’s Nakia Pinkney hit a lay-up at the buzzer to tie the game at 71-71 and send it into overtime.
The Pacers dominated the extra frame by the score of 9-5 to earn the four-point victory. The nine points picked up USC Aiken in the overtime period concluded the night with the Pacers on a 27-8 run.
USC Aiken guard Meredith Legg led the five Pacers in double-digits with 18 points. Legg was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
Pacer guard Megan Starnes finished just behind Legg with 17 points. Starnes was 6-for-7 from the free throw line and 5-for-13 from the field. Morgan Johnson was the Pacers inside presence in the game, scoring 14 points and recording one block.
Pinkney really came into her own at the end of regulation and overtime, ending the game with 13 points. Guard Triahna Harris finished the night with 10 points to round out the USC Aiken players in double figures.
Newberry had three players in double figures with Monica Alexander leading the way with a game-high 23 points. Alexander shot 50 percent from the field and connected on nine free throws.