Brandt collects 450th win in Lady Pacers rout

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

AIKEN, S.C. – The nationally fifth-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team rolled to a 78-47 victory over non-conference foe Catawba on Saturday evening at the Convocation Center.

The win allowed USC Aiken 11th-year head coach Mike Brandt to pick up his 450th career victory.

USC Aiken (3-0) finished the lopsided 31-point win shooting 50.8 percent (30-59). The Pacers shot a scorching 65.4 percent (17-for-26) in the second half. USC Aiken hit 77.8 percent (7-of-9) of its 3-point attempts in the second stanza.

The Pacer defense in turn held Catawba (0-2) to just 27.8 percent shooting (15-for-54) as a team in the game. The Indians were limited to just 15 field goals for the entire game.

In another balanced scoring evening that saw 10 Pacers score in the contest, Kayla Harris and Daniela Tarailo (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) led USC Aiken with 15 points each.

Harris (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield HS), who was 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the game, also had seven rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Tarailo matched her career-high for the second straight game with five 3-pointers. She was 5-for-10 from beyond the arc in the Pacer win.

Mackenzie Reese (Madison, Wis./Edgewood HS) was the final Pacer in double figures with 12. She also had seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va./Quinnipiac) did not finish in double figures for USC Aiken, but the Pacer point guard did finish her evening with a career-high tying eight rebounds, six points, six assists, three steals and a block.

Tiffani Moody (Raleigh, N.C./Ohio Valley University) claimed a game-high three blocks. The Pacers in total finished with seven blocks as a team.

Chole Bully finished with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal for Catawba in its loss to the Pacers.

The five-game season-opening homestand for the Pacers will next continue with a 2 p.m. contest against Florida Tech on Sunday, Nov. 25. The two programs will be meeting for the first time since 2003.

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