No. 4 USCA looks to stay perfect
In its last outing, the No. 4 USC Aiken women’s basketball team broke its streak of three consecutive games scoring in the 70s.
This time, the Pacers (4-0) scored in the 90s, battering Florida Tech (3-2) by a score of 95-58 on Sunday.
They’ll look for a similar output tonight at 5:30 p.m. against Benedict (2-3) in the last of a five-game stretch of home games to begin the season. The Tigers are fresh off a loss to a resurgent Augusta State program on Wednesday in which 5-foot-8 senior Alexus Jones led the team in scoring with 13 points.
Ashley Thompson, a 5-9 junior, leads the Tigers in scoring on the year with 14.8 points per game, but her production has been on a downward trend. She only scored eight points against ASU.
The Tigers are led in rebounding by 5-11 senior Brittany Jackson with 8.8, and she also contributes seven points per contest. Monique Weathers, a 5-8 senior, rounds out the regular scoring threats for Benedict with 9.2 points a game.
As is usually the case, Pacer head coach Mike Brandt should expect a big scoring output from junior All-American Kayla Harris. Averaging 18.8 points per game on the season while grabbing 7.3 rebounds a contest, Harris scored 24 against Florida Tech and made all seven field goal attempts.
Senior Daniela Tarailo continued her hot start from beyond the 3-point arc in the team’s most recent win, knocking down 4 of 6 long ball attempts while scoring 14 points. The effort pushed her 3-point percentage to .552 on the year.
The Pacers own a .515 field-goal percentage on the young season and are holding opponents to a .335 mark. The Tigers are under 40 percent from the floor for the season and allowed Augusta State to shoot at a 42 percent clip in Wednesday’s loss.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University and has been at the Aiken Standard since June 2010.
What: USC Aiken women’s basketball
Who: USCA (4-0) vs. Benedict (2-3)
When: Today, 5:30 p.m.
Where: USCA Convocation Center
USCA: Daniela Tarailo, Sr. G. Tarailo, one of the team’s captains, connected on 4 of 6 3-point attempts in Sunday’s win over Florida Tech and scored 14 points. Her season 3-point percentage is now .552.
Florida Tech: Alexus Jones, Sr. G. Jones led the Tigers with 13 points in Wednesday’s loss, bringing her scoring average to 8.3 points per game on the season to go with 6.3 rebounds per outing.