Lady Pacers fall in regionals 101-83

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Friday, March 13th, 2009.

HICKORY, N.C. - Kendra Chandler scored a career-high 27 points and the fifth-seeded University of South Carolina Aiken Pacers fell 101-83 to fourth-seeded Francis Marion in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at Shuford Gymnasium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University on Friday evening.

Chandler (Aiken, S.C./Aiken) bested her original career-high of 25 points set in a loss earlier this year to Columbus State in Columbus, Ga. Chandler was 11-for-18 from the field in the game.

The Pacers had a major milestone broke in the game as Meredith Legg (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) became the school’s all-time leader with two free throws halfway through the second half. Legg had six total points in the game to finish her career with 1,480 points. The all-time leader in three-pointers made in Peach Belt Conference history and one just 14 NCAA Division II student-athletes to knock down 300 or more three-pointers, Legg ends her time at USC Aiken with 311 career three-pointers.

Legg passed previous all-time leading scorer Jami Cornwell (1999-2003), who finished her prestigious career as a Pacer with 1,476 total points.

Senior Megan Starnes (Riley, Kan./Riley County) closed out her illustrious career at USC Aiken by scoring 20 points in the loss to Francis Marion on Friday. Starnes finishes her career with 1,072 career points.

Senior Morgan Johnson (Marietta, Ga./Presbyterian College), who is the school’s all-time leader in blocks with 120 blocks after Saturday, ended her two years as a Pacer as the final USC Aiken student-athlete in double figures with 12. The first team All-Peach Belt Conference selection also had 12 rebounds to finish her season with 14 double-doubles in 2008-09.

The Patriots had five players finish in double figures led by Shannon Singleton-Bates, who had 20 points in the contest.