Saturday, February 16, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. – The nationally 12th-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team snapped a short two-game losing streak with a 47-44 Peach Belt Conference Homecoming victory over Lander on Saturday evening at the Convocation Center.
In a tightly contested game in which the lead changed hands 11 times and the score was tied four times, USC Aiken (19-4, 12-4) was down by one to Lander (8-14, 5-10 PBC) with 2:08 remaining in the contest.
Mia Antoine (Stone Mountain, Ga./Dominion Christian HS) scored the game-winning basket for the Pacers when she hit a driving lay-up with just over a minute left in the game.
Porsha Martin (Douglasville, Ga./South Paulding HS) then hit two free throws with just seconds remaining to ice the game and seal USC Aiken’s four-point win.
The Pacer victory was made possible due to USC Aiken outscoring Lander, 26-17, in the second half. The Bearcats held a 27-21 lead at the halftime break.
The Homecoming victory over Lander allowed USC Aiken to remain on top of the Peach Belt Conference East Division.
The victory also moved the Pacers to move just one win away from securing their sixth 20-win campaign in the last seven seasons.
Martin was the only Pacer to finish in double figures in the game, ending her efforts on the evening with 16 points to go along with her seven rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist.
Antoine led the Pacers in rebounds in the contest with a career-best 10 boards. She claimed five of her 10 caroms on the offensive glass. Antoine also had six points, two steals and one block in the game.
Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va./Quinnipiac) dished out a game-high eight assists in the contest. The eight assists marked the 13th time in the 2012-13 season the Hill has had six or more assists in a Pacer game.
Two Bearcats ended their night in double figures with Precious Elkins leading Lander with 17 points. She also had a game-high 14 rebounds to claim a double-double.
USC Aiken ended its win over Lander shooting 31.7 percent (19-for-60) as a team. The Pacers shot 87.5 percent (7-for-8) from the free throw line in the game.
Lander shot 31 percent (18-for-58) from the floor as a team in its loss to USC Aiken. The Bearcats hit 63.6 percent (7-for-11) of their free throw attempts as a team.
Winners of 29 of its last 30 regular-season home games, USC Aiken will next welcome Armstrong Atlantic State to the Convocation Center on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.