Monday Nov. 24, 2008
AIKEN, S.C. – Morgan Johnson acquired her second double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds in No. 20 USC Aiken’s 70-61 win over No. 13 Tusculum on Monday evening at the Convocation Center.
The victory improves the Pacers to a perfect 6-0 on the 2008-09 season. The 2008-09 USC Aiken women’s basketball team is just two games away from tying the best start for a women’s basketball team in USC Aiken history. The best start for a USC Aiken women’s team came during the1990-91 season when Gail Moody-Johnson’s squad started the year 8-0.
The win over Tusculum was also the third over a nationally-ranked foe in 2008-09 for the Pacers. USC Aiken in addition to 13th-ranked Tusculum has also downed ninth-ranked Delta State and 24th-ranked Anderson.
Johnson (Marietta, Ga./Presbyterian) was 9-for-13 overall from the field in the win over the Pioneers. She was 4-for-6 from the free throw line. The senior forward also had two blocks and two assists in the game.
She was one of three USC Aiken players in double digits. Pacers’ guard Nakia Pinkney (Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkinson) came close to capturing her first career double-double in the contest with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Satu Leppanen (Lahti, Finland) rounded out the USC Aiken scorers in double figures with 11 points.
Tusculum was led in the loss by a trio of players in double digits as well. Stephany Neptune led the way for the Pioneers, ending her night with 13 points and eight rebounds. Ashli Oliver added 12 for the Pioneers, while Jasmine Parker finished with 10 points for Tusculum.
USC Aiken shot a scorching 11-for-18 (61.1 percent) from the field in the second half to end its night shooting 53.5 percent (23-for-43) from the field. Tusculum shot 39.3 percent (24-for-61) from the field in the game. USC Aiken was 6-for-14 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc, while Tusculum was 4-for-15 (26.7 percent).
The Pacers ended the win over Tusculum having shot under 80 percent from the free throw line in a game for the first time in 2008-09. USC Aiken still shot 75 percent (18-for-24) from the charity stripe in the victory. Tusculum shot just 56.3 percent (9-for-16) from the field in the loss.
The two teams went into halftime with Tusculum clinging to a three-point lead at 37-34. Tusculum would go up by as many as five points with 19:30 left in the second half before the tide changed in USC Aiken’s favor around seven minutes later when USC Aiken was able to tie the game at 43-43 with 12:54 left in the game.