NO. 6 USC AIKEN 65, FLAGLER 40
The nationally sixth-ranked USC Aiken women’s basketball team got a 65-40 Peach Belt Conference victory over Flagler on Thursday evening at the Convocation Center.
Winners of three straight games, USCA has now won 28 of its last 29 regular-season home games.
The victory allows USCA (16-2, 9-2) to have a half-game lead in the PBC East Division over rival and national No. 24 Augusta State (15-2, 8-2) entering their top-25 showdown on Saturday in Augusta. Tip-off in the contest is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
In a game in which USCA basically led from start to finish, eight different Pacers scored, and three ended their efforts in double figures in the win over Flagler (7-9, 5-6).
Mackenzie Reese was the top scorer for the Pacers in the contest, ending her evening with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists.
As always, Brittany Hill stuffed the stat sheet in the Pacer win, concluding the Pacer victory with 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals.
Emily O’Rourke finished with a career-best 10 points in the USCA win over Flagler. She also had two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in the game.
USCA’s Porsha Martin didn’t score in double figures, but she did bring down a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with her eight points.
Williesha Spencer was the only Flagler player in double figures in the game. She ended the 25-point loss with a game-high 15 points.
USCA as a team finished the game shooting 46.6 percent (27-for-58) from the field. USCA shot 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from beyond the arc in the contest. The Pacers knocked down six of their eight (75 percent) free throw attempts in the game.
Flagler shot just 28 percent (14-for-50) from the field in its loss. The Saints managed to hit just 30 percent (6-for-20) of their 3-point attempts. Flagler was also 6-for-8 (75 percent) from the charity stripe in the game.
USCA out-rebounded Flagler, 39-30.
The Pacers held a decisive advantage in the paint, where they outscored Flagler, 34-8.