Friday, June 27, 2014
AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken, in conjunction with head women’s basketball coach Mike Brandt, is pleased to announce the 2014-15 schedule.
“Once again, we did not shy away from playing very good teams. Our exhibition game will certainly be a tough test, and the Conference Challenge will match us up against strong regional competition right off the bat,” Brandt said. “The West Florida Tournament will pit us against two NCAA Tournament qualifying teams (West Florida/Central Missouri) and of course – Limestone is our defending regional champion and Elite Eight participant. With the first four conference games at home – we have an opportunity to get off to a fast start. Hopefully, our players are practicing and preparing over the summer for a challenging schedule.”
The Pacers open the 2014-15 campaign with an exhibition on Nov. 6 at the College of Charleston, which wrapped up last season with a berth in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
USC Aiken starts begins the regular season with the Conference Challenge, which is hosted by Carson-Newman. On Friday, Nov. 14, the Pacers take on the host Eagles at 8 p.m. The following day, USC Aiken takes on another South Atlantic Conference foe in Lincoln Memorial in Jefferson City, Tenn., at 5:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Brandt’s team opens its home slate with Anderson for the second consecutive season. Last year, USC Aiken downed the Trojans by a 61-59 count on a late jumper by Mackenzie Reese.
The Pacers host Barton on Saturday, Nov. 22 before hitting the road for three games. USC Aiken will take part in the West Florida Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 28-29 in Pensacola, Fla. Opponents and times for the two-day event have not been set.
Brandt’s team remains on the road for a Dec. 1 clash with the Flying Fleet of Erskine prior to the team’s longest home stretch of the season. The six-game home stand marks the longest of its kind since moving to Division II.
The home stand spans nearly a full calendar month as the Pacers host non-conference foes Livingstone and Limestone on Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, respectively. USC Aiken opens Peach Belt Conference play Dec. 17 with a visit from Georgia College. Three days later the team hosts Columbus State before taking a few days off for the holidays.
On Jan. 3, USC Aiken takes on the defending PBC Tournament champion and NCAA Sweet 16 foe Armstrong. Two days later the Saints of Flagler march into the Convocation Center.
The Pacers hit the road for a pair of games the following week, traveling to UNC Pembroke on Jan. 7 before heading to Flagler Jan. 10.
USC Aiken returns home for three of its next four games, hosting Lander (Jan. 14) and Georgia Southwestern (Jan. 17) prior to a Monday afternoon game at Montevallo (Jan. 19). The team hosts Francis Marion on Saturday, Jan. 24.
Six of the Pacers’ final nine games of the regular season are away from the friendly confines of the Convocation Center. Brandt’s squad plays at Armstrong Jan. 28 and Young Harris Jan. 31.
On February 4, USC Aiken hosts UNC Pembroke. The last time the Lady Braves played in the Convocation Center, Brandt’s team tied a PBC record by committing just five turnovers in the victory.
USC Aiken plays at Lander (Feb. 7) and Clayton State (Feb. 11) before hosting its final two home games of the regular season. GRU Augusta makes the short trek to Aiken on Feb. 14. North Georgia comes to town four days later.
The Pacers close out the regular season with road games at Francis Marion (Feb. 21) and GRU Augusta (Feb. 25).