Fifth-ranked Lady Pacers knocked off in OT by Armstrong, 69-67

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The nationally fifth-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team was upset in overtime by Armstrong, 69-67, in Peach Belt Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena.

Despite the loss on Saturday, USC Aiken (18-3, 11-3 PBC) remains in first place in the Peach Belt Conference East Division.

The overtime loss to Armstrong (8-12, 3-10 PBC) snapped a five-game winning streak for the Pacers.

USC Aiken led by as many as 10 points in the second half.

The Pacers would only own a two-point lead though with 47 seconds remaining in regulation. Armstrong’s Stephenie Coney hit two free throws with 10 seconds left to tie the game at 59-59.

USC Aiken would then not be able to score to take the lead in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime.

The Pacers held the lead for almost the first four minutes of the extra period. Coney hit a 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining in the extra stanza to give Armstrong its first lead of the overtime at 66-64.

The Pirates would then hold the lead the rest of the way in their upset win over the Pacers.

Four Pacers finished in double figures in the win over Armstrong with Tiffani Moody (Raleigh, N.C./Ohio Valley University) leading the way with a team-best 14 points. She also had eight rebounds and two blocks.

Pacer point guard Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va./Quinnipiac) ended the Pacer loss with 11 points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist. Hill was 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the game.

Daniela Tarailo (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) and Mackenzie Reese (Madison, Wis./Edgewood HS) were the final Pacers in double figures in the game with each scoring 10 points. Tarailo also had six rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Reese ended her efforts with four rebounds and four assists in addition to her 10 points.

Four Pirates ended the game in double figures with Demisha Wells and Tori Klewicki-McNutt leading the way with a game-high 15 points each.

USC Aiken as a team closed out its loss to Armstrong shooting 38.5 percent (25-for-65) from the field. Armstrong shot 39.3 percent (24-for-61) from the field in its win over the Pacers.

The Pacers hit just 27.3 percent (3-for-11) of their 3-point attempts as a team in the game. Armstrong was able to hit 45.5 percent (10-for-22) of its 3-point attempts as a team.

USC Aiken was strong at the free throw line in the game, connecting on 77.8 percent (14-for-18) of its free throw attempts as a team in the game. Armstrong hit just 61.1 percent (11-for-18) of its free throws in the game.

The Pacers held a 45-36 rebound advantage in the contest.

USC Aiken will next stay on the road to face off against Peach Belt Conference foe Flagler in St. Augustine, Fla. on Thursday, Feb. 14. Tip-off in the game is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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