Lady Pacers Come Up Short Against D1 Foe

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Dec. 31, 2008
CHARLESTON, S.C. – USC Aiken’s women’s basketball team kept pace with NCAA Division I College of Charleston all game, but their efforts fell just short in an 80-71 loss to the Cougars at Carolina First Arena on Wednesday afternoon.

The loss to College of Charleston snapped a three-game winning streak for the Pacers against NCAA Division I programs. The contest with College of Charleston marked the third consecutive year that USC Aiken had taken on an NCAA Division I program.

Last year, USC Aiken (7-3) downed both Winston Salem State and Presbyterian College. The year before in the 2006-07 season, USC Aiken picked up a 61-56 victory over WSSU in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Overall, USC Aiken women’s basketball is 3-3 against D-I foes under seventh-year head coach Mike Brandt.

The 18th-ranked team in NCAA Division II, the Pacers led for much of the first half in their game with the Cougars, leading by as many as six points with 7:40 left in the first stanza.

The two teams entered halftime even at 31-31, but College of Charleston (8-3) outscored USC Aiken 49-40 in the second half to earn the nine-point victory.

The lead changed hands 11 times in the contest. It was tied a total of six times throughout the game.

The Pacers had four players end the loss to the Cougars in double figures with Morgan Johnson (Marietta, Ga./Presbyterian College) leading the way with 20 points. Johnson was 7-for-11 from the field in the contest. She was 6-for-7 from the charity stripe.