USC Aiken slide continues in 66-54 loss

Dec. 20, 2013 AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team lost a 66-54 decision to Urbana Friday afternoon in a non-conference contest.

The Pacers are now 2-9 on the season.

Leading the way for head coach Mike Brandt’s team was Courtney Mealing, who netted a team-best 11 points. Porsha Martin narrowly missed a double-double by totaling 10 points and eight rebounds. Amaura Brandt accounted for nine points and eight boards while Mackenzie Reese tallied nine points, four rebounds and two steals.

Mariah Durian posted seven points to go along with four rebounds for USC Aiken.

The Pacers hit 18-of-58 shots from the floor (31 percent), including three-of-21 from behind the three-point line (14.3 percent). The squad connected on 15-of-20 from the charity stripe (75 percent). USC Aiken grabbed 37 rebounds, including 12 of which were on the offensive glass. Brandt’s team held a 12-10 advantage in assists over the Blue Knights.

The Pacers jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a basket by Durian and a three-point shot by Amaura Brandt. Trailing 16-11 with 8:51 to go in the opening half, Jasmine Coach hit a lay-up, pulling the team within three. However, Urbana embarked on an 11-0 run over the next 3:21 for a 27-13 advantage. It marked the largest lead of the game for the visitors.

Trailing by 10 at the break, the Pacers put forth a solid effort in the opening moments of the second period.

Reese took a pass from Martin for an easy bucket with 18:58 to go. Mealing followed it up with back-to-back jumpers, slicing the deficit to four. Amaura Brandt’s three-pointer trimmed the deficit to two, 33-31, with 16:34 to go.

However, the Blue Knights would answer, increasing the margin to double figures with 10:02 to play in the game.

USC Aiken made it an eight-point game on multiple occasions but could get no closer the rest of the way.

The Pacers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 4, when the team plays host to Columbus State. It is Military Appreciation Day at the Convocation Center. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. Any military personnel will be allowed in free of charge – just bring a military ID or wear your uniform.

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