Lady Pacers ranked No. 25 in final poll of the season

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

LILBURN, Ga. – The University of South Carolina Aiken women's basketball team dropped to 25th in the 14th 2012-13 regular-season USA Today Division II top-25 Coaches' Poll.

The Pacers had been ranked fifth in the preseason and first regular-season poll. In the second regular-season poll, USC Aiken moved up to fourth before claiming the ranking of third in the third regular-season poll. The Pacers had been ranked a program-best third in the fourth and fifth regular-season polls before dropping one spot to fourth in the sixth regular-season poll. In the seventh regular-season poll, USC Aiken had moved back up to third.

The Pacers had dropped to sixth in the eighth regular-season poll. USC Aiken then remained sixth in the ninth regular-season poll. In the 10th regular-season tally, USC Aiken had moved back up to fifth. In the 11th regular-season poll, USC Aiken was ranked 12th. Two weeks ago, the Pacers were ranked 16th. Last week, USC Aiken was ranked 21st.

Since being ranked for the first time in the 2010-11 season on Dec. 14, 2010, USC Aiken has now been ranked in the top-25 in the last 42 polls (school-record). The Pacers have been ranked in the top-10 in each of the last three years.

USC Aiken is one of three Peach Belt Conference teams ranked in the latest top-25. Clayton State is the No. 1 team in the nation in the latest poll. Augusta State is ranked 24th.

Defending tournament champion and current Peach Belt Conference East Division second-seeded USC Aiken women's basketball will open the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament by taking on West Division No. 3 and host institution Columbus State at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7.

The 2013 Peach Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament is being held for the second consecutive year at the Frank G. Lumpkin Center on the campus of Columbus State.

USC Aiken (20-6, 13-6 PBC) and Columbus State (16-10, 12-7 PBC) squared off against one another just once during the 2012-13 regular-season with the Pacers garnering a 70-55 win at the Lumpkin Center on Saturday, Jan. 5.

USC Aiken claimed its 20th victory of the year in its regular-season finale against UNC Pembroke on Saturday, March 2. The Pacers have now claimed 20 or more wins in six of the last seven seasons.

The Pacers are looking to become the first back-to-back Peach Belt Conference Tournament champions since Lander accomplished the feat in 2008 and 2009.

USC Aiken has played in three of the last four Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship games. The 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship for the Pacers was the first in program history.

The winner of the East No. 2 USC Aiken-West No. 3 Columbus State quarterfinal moves on the semifinal round where they will face off against the winner of the West No. 1 Clayton State-East No. 4 Armstrong game at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

The 2013 Peach Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament championship game will be contested at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10.

For more information on the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Tournament, please visit the official tournament website:

USA Today Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll (3/05):

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