Lady Pacers fall on late bucket to Lenoir Rhyne

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Tuesday Nov. 24, 2009

HICKORY, N.C. – The 26th-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team overcame a one-time 16-point deficit to take a lead late in the second half, but the 23rd-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne women’s basketball team would hit a three-pointer with two seconds left in regulation to earn a 59-57 victory over the Pacers at Shuford Gymnasium on Tuesday evening.

The loss was the first of the 2009-10 season for the Pacers, who are now 3-1 on the year. Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 3-1 on the season with its win over USC Aiken on Tuesday evening.

The Pacers never had a lead in the first half with Lenoir-Rhyne going up by as many as 16 points with 6:57 left in the first stanza.

USC Aiken would not let the 2008-09 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season and Tournament champions get too far ahead in the game, cutting the Bear advantage to just seven by halftime.

Lindsay Sundberg (Mansfield, Conn./E.O. Smith) nailed a three-pointer with four seconds left in the first half to set the score at 31-24 in L-R’s favor at intermission.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished the first half shooting 52.4 percent (11-for-21) from the field, while the Pacers connected on just nine of their 27 shot attempts (33.3 percent) in the first stanza.