Friday, December 7, 2012
WINGATE, N.C. – University of South Carolina Aiken 11th-year head coach Mike Brandt claimed his 200th win as the Pacer mentor in USC Aiken’s 73-65 road win over Wingate in non-conference action on Friday evening at Cuddy Arena.
Brandt is now 200-109 as the Pacer head coach. He is 453-238 in 24 seasons as a head coach.
The victory allowed the third-ranked Pacers to improve to 6-0 on the 2012-13 season. Friday’s game marked USC Aiken’s first road game of the year.
USC Aiken is now 2-0 against Wingate in the 2012-13 season. The Pacers also bested Wingate, who was a 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional finalist last season, 72-49 at the Convocation Center on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
The Pacers opened Friday’s road win over Wingate by racing out to an 11-2 lead over the first almost four minutes of the game.
USC Aiken would control the rest of the first stanza to enter halftime with an 11-point 37-26 lead.
Wingate (5-4) would cut the Pacer lead down to as little as five in the second half, but USC Aiken would hold on for the eight-point win.
The Pacers concluded the win over Wingate shooting 47.5 percent (28-for-59) from the field as a team. Wingate shot 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the field as a team.
Kayla Harris led a trio of Pacers in double figures in the game with 25 points. Harris was 11-for-20 from the field in the game. Harris, who was 3-of-3 from the free throw line, also had a team-best eight rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Harris (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield HS) after her 25 points on Friday now has 999 points in her Pacer career. The preseason All-American is just one point away from becoming the ninth women’s basketball player in USC Aiken’s NCAA Division II era to score 1,000 points or more in their career.
Mackenzie Reese (Madison, Wis./Edgewood HS) ended the Pacer win with a career-best 18 points. Reese, who was 8-for-12 from the field in the game, also had four steals and two assists.
The final Pacer in double figures was Daniela Tarailo (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS), who ended her efforts with 11 points. Tarailo’s two 3-pointers in the Pacer win allowed her to move into fifth all-time in USC Aiken women’s basketball history in 3-pointers made with 139.
Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va./Quinnipiac) dished out a game-high seven assists for USC Aiken, while Mia Antoine (Stone Mountain, Ga./Dominion Christian HS) claimed a game-high five steals.
Morgan McGee led the Wingate cause in their loss with 27 points. She also had a game-high 12 boards to claim a double-double.
USC Aiken will next turn its attention to exams for the majority of the upcoming week before returning to the hardwood to open Peach Belt Conference play at home against UNC Pembroke on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.