Saturday, January 5, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The nationally third-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team remained perfect on the 2012-13 season with a 70-55 road Peach Belt Conference victory over Columbus State on Saturday afternoon at the Lumpkin Center.
The victory allowed the Pacers to improve to a perfect 11-0 on the 2012-13 season. In the midst of the best start in program history, the Pacers are now 4-0 in Peach Belt Conference action.
USC Aiken at 11-0 currently is just one win away from tying the 2011-12 Pacer squad for the longest winning streak in program history. The 2011-12 Pacers won 12 straight games from Nov. 12, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012.
The game began with Columbus State (5-6, 1-3 PBC) garnering a four-point 15-11 lead just over nine minutes into the contest.
The Pacers would then proceed to go on a 14-2 run to own an eight-point 25-17 lead with 7:32 remaining in the first stanza.
USC Aiken would still own an eight-point advantage with under six minutes remaining in the half, but a quick 6-0 run by Columbus State would pull the Cougars back to within two at 27-25 with 3:47 left to play in the first half.
The Pacers would score the final four points of the half to enter the halftime break with a 31-25 advantage.
Mackenzie Reese (Madison, Wis./Edgewood HS) came off the bench to lead the Pacers in the first half with 13 points. Reese was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field in the first half of action. Reese knocked down three 3-pointers in the half.
USC Aiken shot 39.4 percent (13-for-33) from the field as a team in the first half. The Pacers hit upon 45.5 percent (5-for-11) of their 3-point attempts in the opening half.
Columbus State closed out the first half shooting 41.7 percent (10-for-24) as a team.
The Pacers commenced the second half on a 16-6 run to pull ahead 47-31 with 14:16 remaining in the contest.
Before emerging with the 15-point win, USC Aiken had pushed its lead to as many as 22 points at 67-45 with 5:30 left to play in the game.
Four Pacers finished in double figures in the game with Kayla Harris (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield HS) leading the way with a game-high 18 points. Harris also had four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in the Pacer win.
Mia Antoine (Stone Mountain, Ga./Dominion Christian HS) closed out the Pacer win with a career-best 16 points. Antoine also had four rebounds and two assists.
Reese added two points in the second half to finish with 15 points. Reese had six rebounds in the contest.
Daniela Tarailo (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) was the final Pacer in double figures with 10 points. Tarailo acquired seven rebounds in the game.
Currently third nationally in assists per game, Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va./Quinnipiac) concluded USC Aiken’s win over Columbus State with a game-high nine assists.
Tiffani Moody (Raleigh, N.C./Ohio Valley University) led the Pacers in rebounds in the game with eight.
Shan Beasley was one of two Cougars in double figures with 13 points.
USC Aiken ended its win over Columbus State shooting 43.1 percent (25-for-58) as a team. The Pacers shot 41.2 percent (7-for-17) from beyond the arc as a team in the contest.
The Pacers concluded the win over Columbus State connecting on 13 of their 15 (86.7 percent) free throw attempts as a team in the game.
The Pacer defense held Columbus State to just 33.9 percent (19-for-56) shooting as a team from the field in the game.
USC Aiken will now have a week off before next returning to the friendly confines of the Convocation Center to face off against former assistant coach Cindy Hilbrich and her Montevallo Falcons on Saturday, Jan. 12. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.