No. 3 USC AIKEN 70, COLUMBUS STATE 55
COLUMBUS, Ga. — The nationally third-ranked USC Aiken women’s basketball team remained perfect on the season with a road Peach Belt Conference victory over Columbus State on Saturday afternoon at the Lumpkin Center.
The victory moved the Pacers’ record to a perfect 11-0 on the season. In the midst of the best start in program history, the Pacers are now 4-0 in PBC action.
USCA is just one win away from tying last year’s Pacer squad for the longest winning streak in program history.
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 then proceeded to go on a 14-2 run to own an eight-point lead with 7:32 remaining in the first stanza.
The Pacers scored the final four points of the half to enter the halftime break with a 31-25 advantage.
Mackenzie Reese 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.
USCA 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, USCA 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 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 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 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 concluded USCA’s win over Columbus State with a game-high nine assists.
Tiffani Moody led the Pacers in rebounds in the game with eight.
USCA 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.
USCA 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. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.