No. 5 USC AIKEN 60, LANDER 45
GREENWOOD — It was a night of achievements for the fifth-ranked USC Aiken women’s basketball team, as well as their top scorer Daniela Tarailo. The senior guard became the 10th player in the program’s history in Division II to score 1,000 or more career points in the Pacers’ 60-45 Peach Belt Conference victory over Lander on Wednesday evening at Horne Arena.
Tarailo entered the USC Aiken (18-2, 11-2) win over Lander (7-12, 4-8) needing just four points to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau. She finished the win with a game-high 22 points to now have 1,018 in her career. The national leader in 3-pointers made per game knocked down five treys en route.
In addition to milestone, Tarailo also acquired her first career double-double, bringing down a career-best 12 rebounds. The PBC Player of the Week also had three assists in the game.
Three Pacers closed out the win over Lander in double figures with Mackenzie Reese and Brittany Hill both scoring 10 points. Reese also had three rebounds, two assists as well as one steal and Hill dished out a game-best six assists.
Tiffani Moody just missed tying her career high for blocks, finishing with a game-best four rejections. She also had seven rebounds and three assists. Moody now needs just two more blocks to move into the top-5 in school history for blocks in a career. She presently has 86 blocks.
Only one Lander player finished the game in double figures, with Briana Wade scoring 12 points.
USCA held Lander to 27.4 percent (17-for-62) shooting as a team, the season-low allowed by the Pacers. They have now held three opponents to just 27 percent shooting (Benedict, Catawba and Lander) this season. The PBC East Division-leading Pacers shot 43.1 percent (22-for-51) as a team. The Pacers nailed 56.3 percent (9-for-16) of their 3-point attempts.
Winners of five games in a row, USCA will next travel to Savannah, Ga. to face Armstrong Atlantic State at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.