Friday, January 2, 2009.
AIKEN, S.C. – Meredith Legg became the all-time leader in three-pointers made in Peach Belt Conference history in No. 18 USC Aiken’s 80-60 win over No. 26 Shaw before 978 fans at the Convocation Center on Friday evening.
Legg entered the game six three-pointers shy of the PBC record of 259 set by Clayton State’s April Haskins. The senior from Huntersville, N.C. (Hopewell High School) concluded the 20-point win over the CIAA power with a career-best 10 three-pointers to stand alone atop the league in the category with 264 career three-pointers.
Legg finished with a career-high 34 points overall in the victory. The point total was just three points short of the school record of 37 set by Tisha England against Claflin on Dec. 4, 1991. Legg was 10-for-16 from beyond the arc in the game. She only hit two shots in the contest inside the arc, ending her career night 12-for-21 from the floor.
The 10 three-pointers made by Legg tied the school single game record first set by Janell Gerk on Dec. 3, 1999 against Charleston Southern.
Legg, who just recently surpassed the 1,200-point plateau, also set career highs in the contest for field goals made (12) and field goals attempted (21). She did all of this in only 23 minutes of action.
Legg was not the only prolific Pacer in the team’s fourth victory of the year against a program ranked in the top 26. Teammate Morgan Johnson (Marietta, Ga./Presbyterian College) finished with three blocks in the game to move into the top five in career blocks in school history in a little over a year in the program. Johnson now has 80 blocks to her credit to pass Sonya Cato (1992-95), who finished her career with 79 swats.
Johnson was 7-for-9 from the field in the game, scoring 15 and grabbing eight rebounds to just miss out on another double-double.
In only her third game back this season, Kendra Chandler (Aiken, S.C./South Aiken) ended the Shaw victory with a career-high 11 rebounds. Chandler’s 11 boards eclipsed her previous career high of 10 set against Francis Marion on Jan. 11, 2006.
Triahna Harris (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) was one of three Pacers to tally three or more assists in the game, leading the way for the squad with a career-best eight. Harris has now dished out seven or more assists in a game twice in 2008-09 after doling out seven against nationally-ranked Wingate earlier this season.
Megan Starnes (Riley, Kan./Riley County) ended the Shaw win with five assists, while Satu Leppanen (Lahti, Finland) had four and Chandler had three.
Two Shaw players ended their evening in double figures with Ashley Jackson leading the way with 18 points for the Bears. Jackson was 7-for-13 from the floor overall. Teammate Jessica Davis was 6-for-13 from the field, picking up 14 points from her guard position.
The Pacers took 69 shots in the game, but still managed to shoot 47.8 percent (33-for-69) from the field. The Bears took 58 shots, but shot just 39.7 percent (23-for-58) from the field.
Buoyed by Legg’s 10 three-pointers the Pacers shot 46.4 percent (13-for-28) from beyond the arc. USC Aiken’s Nakia Pinkney (Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkerson) hit two three-pointers and Cameron Crapps (Elizabethton, Tenn./Lees-McRae) gunned down one to reach the 13 3-pointers made in the game for the Pacers.
USC Aiken was perfect from the free throw line, but they only had one attempt with Johnson’s successful free throw in the first half the only one taken by USCA all evening. Shaw had 18 free throw attempts, hitting 11 (61.1 percent).
The Pacers and Bears swapped leads 11 times in the game with Shaw taking a 38-35 lead into intermission. Shaw (5-5) had the lead for much of the first half, taking advantage of a sluggish start by the Pacers to earn a 10-point lead with 9:26 left in the first half.
USC Aiken (8-3) took over in the second half, hitting a scorching 64.3 percent (18-for-28) of their shots in the second half to outscore the Bears 45-22 in the second stanza.