No. 5 Lady Pacers open with 72-51 win over Florida Southern

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

AIKEN, S.C. – The nationally fifth-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team led from start-to-finish in its season-opening 72-51 victory over Florida Southern on Saturday at the Convocation Center.

USC Aiken (1-0) finished the 21-point win over Florida Southern shooting 49.2 percent (30-for-61) as a team. Florida Southern (0-1) shot 42.1 percent (16-for-38) in its loss to the Pacers.

USC Aiken concluded the game connecting on 76.9 percent (10-for-13) of its free throw attempts. Florida Southern hit upon 60.7 percent (17-for-28) of its attempts from the charity stripe in the contest.

The Pacers dominated the Mocs in every statistical category. USC Aiken held a 44-22 point advantage in points in the paint.

USC Aiken forced Florida Southern into 30 turnovers in the game. USC Aiken was able to score 35 points off the Mocs’ miscues.

USC Aiken opened Saturday’s season-opening win by scoring the first 10 points of the game. The Pacers would eventually go ahead by as many as 11 in the first stanza.

The two teams entered the halftime break with the Pacers clinging to a six-point 32-26 lead.

The second half would be all Pacers with USC Aiken going ahead by as many as 31 at 71-40 with 4:14 left in the game.

Kayla Harris (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield HS) led a trio of Pacers in double figures with 23 points. The preseason All-American claimed a double-double in the game as she had 10 rebounds. She also had five assists and three steals.

Porsha Martin (Douglasville, Ga./South Paulding HS) finished USC Aiken’s season opener with 16 points, three steals and two assists. She was 8-for-9 from the field in the game.

Daniela Tarailo (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point HS) was the final Pacer in double figures in the game with 10 points. She also had a team-best five steals.

The Pacers as a team finished with 21 assists. Three Pacers including Harris acquired a team-best five assists in the game with Brittany Hill (Mechanicsville, Va./Quinnipiac) and Mia Antoine (Stone Mountain, Ga./Dominion Christian HS) both also dishing out five assists.

Florida Southern was led by Taylor Maldonado in its loss to the Pacers. She finished the loss with a team-best 18 points.

USC Aiken will next play the second game of its season-opening five-game homestand against 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional finalist Wingate on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Tip-off from the Convocation Center is slated for 7 p.m.

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