FLAGLER WOMEN 63, No. 12 USC AIKEN 38
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The nationally 12th-ranked USC Aiken women’s basketball team dropped its second straight contest in a 63-38 loss to Flagler in Peach Belt Conference women’s basketball action on Thursday evening at Flagler Gymnasium.
USCA (18-4, 11-4) and Augusta State (16-5, 9-5 PBC) both lost on Thursday evening, leaving the Pacers still on top of the conference’s East Division.
The loss to Flagler (12-9, 9-6) gives USCA its first losing streak since the 2009-10 season.
The win was the first-ever for Flagler over the Pacers. USCA entered the contest 7-0 all-time against the Saints.
The Pacers and Saints finish their regular-season series tied 1-1. The Pacers downed Flagler, 65-40, at the Convocation Center on Jan. 31.
USCA opened the first seven minutes of the contest by claiming a seven-point advantage at 13-6.
The Pacers held the lead for most of the half before Flagler tied the contest at 19-all with 32 seconds to play in the opening stanza. The two teams then entered intermission with the score still tied.
Flagler opened the second half on a 15-8 run to own a 34-27 lead with less than 12 minutes to play in the game. The Flagler lead was 20, at 49-29 with 5:30 to play in the contest.
Flagler eventually outscored the Pacers 44-19 in the second half.
The 38 points scored by the Pacers in the game marked the first time an opponent had held USCA to under 50 points since January of 2012.
USCA closed out its loss to Flagler shooting 25 percent (14-for-56) from the field as a team. The Pacers hit just 20 percent (3-for-15) of their 3-point attempts as a team.
USCA was a perfect 7-of-7 at the charity stripe.
Flagler shot 47.2 percent (25-for-53) from the field as a team. The Saints hit just 33.3 percent (4-of-12) of their 3-point attempts as a team. Flagler shot 64.3 percent (9-for-14) from the free throw line as a team.
Only one Pacer scored in double figures in the game, with Porsha Martin leading the way with 13 points and seven rebounds. She also had a steal.
Brittany Hill ended the Pacer loss with six points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists.
Tiffani Moody concluded USCA’s loss with two blocks to take over sole possession of fourth place in school history for total blocks. She now has 90 in her Pacer career.
Three Saints finished in double-digits, with Williesha Spencer leading the way with 15 points.
USCA will next return home for its Homecoming game against Lander at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Homecoming contest is also the annual Play 4Kay game for USCA. Play 4Kay is a global, unified effort for a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation, is the official Play 4Kay charity.
USCA women’s basketball is encouraging any survivors or family members of breast cancer survivors in the USCA system to come to be honored during the women’s basketball game that evening. If you are a survivor and would like to be included on the list, please sign up prior to the women’s basketball game at the Play 4Kay table in the Convocation Center lobby.