3rd-ranked Lady Pacers bounce back with road win

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Daniela Tarailo finished with a career-best 30 points and the nationally third-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the year with a 57-43 Peach Belt Conference road win over Young Harris on Saturday evening at the YHC Basketball Arena.

USC Aiken (13-1, 6-1 PBC) improves to a perfect 5-0 on the road in the 2012-13 season with the win over Young Harris (9-5, 3-4 PBC). USC Aiken and Young Harris were meeting for the first time on Saturday.

Daniela Tarailo scored the first 16 points of the game for the Pacers, knocking down five 3-pointers and a free throw to give USC Aiken a slight 16-14 lead with 12:19 remaining in the first half of action. The Pacer lead had been extended to eight at 22-14 just under two minutes later after back-to-back 3-pointers by Michelle Turner (Birmingham, England/Barking Abbey School) and Mackenzie Reese (Madison, Wis./Edgewood HS).

Tarailo would close the first half with 21 points. USC Aiken owned a 33-24 lead at the halftime break.

USC Aiken would control the second half with the Pacers going ahead by as many as 18 points at 53-35 with 6:28 left in the game.

The Pacers would eventually close the second stanza outscoring the Mountain Lions, 24-19, en route to the 14-point win.

Tarailo (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) was 10-for-19 from the field in claiming the 30 points. She knocked down a career-high seven 3-pointers in the game. She shot 70 percent (7-for-10) from beyond the arc in the game.

Tarailo, who just missed on a double-double as she also obtained nine rebounds, was 3-for-3 from the free throw line in the game.

Tarailo with her 30 points became the first Pacer to score 30 or more points in a game since Meredith Legg scored 34 points in then No. 18 USC Aiken’s 80-60 win over No. 26 Shaw on Jan. 2, 2009.

Tiffani Moody (Raleigh, N.C./Ohio Valley University) did not finish in double figures in scoring for the Pacers, but she did claim a game-high 11 rebounds. She also had a block.

Young Harris was led by Ladondra Johnson in its loss to the Pacers. She finished the contest with 15 points.

USC Aiken as a team closed out the win over Young Harris shooting 31.5 percent (17-for-54) from the field. The Pacers shot 56.2 percent (9-for-16) from beyond the arc as a team.

The Pacers only missed one free throw attempt in the game, connecting on 14 of their 15 attempts (93.3 percent) at the charity stripe.

Young Harris closed out the game shooting 35.6 percent (16-for-45) from the field as a team. The Mountain Lions only hit three of their 14 attempts (21.4 percent) from beyond the arc in the game.

Young Harris hit eight of its 18 (44.4 percent) free throw attempts in the contest.

One of the stories in the game was rebounding where USC Aiken held a 45-27 advantage. The Pacers held a 17-7 advantage in offensive rebounds as a team in the contest.

USC Aiken will next stay in the area to face off against Peach Belt Conference rival North Georgia at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 in Dahlonega, Ga. The contest will be USC Aiken’s final road game against Peach Belt Conference West Division opposition in the 2012-13 regular-season.

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