AMERICUS, Ga. -– No. 3 South Carolina Aiken showed no ill effects from its 15-day holiday hiatus in a 84-51 Peach Belt Conference victory against Georgia Southwestern on Thursday at the Storm Dome.
The win helped the Pacers improve to a perfect 10-0 on the 2012-13 season. In the midst of the best start in program history, the Pacers are now 3-0 in Peach Belt Conference action.
USC Aiken is now just two wins away from tying the 2011-12 Pacer squad for the longest winning streak in program history. The Pacers won 12 consecutive games from Nov. 12, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012.
USC Aiken, behind three 3-pointers from Daniela Tarailo, opened the contest on an 11-4 run during the course of the first two and a half minutes of the contest. Tarailo’s third 3-pointer of the game forced Georgia Southwestern into a time out with a little more than 17 minutes remaining in the first half.
Tarailo piled up 14 points in the opening minutes of the game, while Kayla Harris scored six points to help guide the Pacers to a 20-6 advantage with just under 15 minutes to play before halftime.
The Pacers extended their lead to 34 points in the first half before entering intermission with a 51-20 advantage.
USC Aiken closed out the first half shooting 54.1 percent (20-for-37). The Pacers held Georgia Southwestern (2-8, 0-3 PBC) to just 28.6 percent (8-for-28) shooting as a team in the first half.
Both Tarailo (18) and Harris (10) closed out the first half with double digits. Brittany Hill assisted on 10 of USC Aiken’s 20 made field goals as a team in the first half.
The Hurricanes came out strong in the second half, but the Pacers still pushed their lead to 35 points at 82-47 with 3:21 remaining in the contest.
USC Aiken outscored Georgia Southwestern 33-31 in the second half.
Hill had four more assists in the second half, ending the game with a program single-game record 14 assists. The 14 assists broke the old mark of 12 held by three former Pacers.
Tarailo wrapped up the Pacer win with a career-best 26 points, while knocking down five 3-pointers to match her career record. She was 9-for-13 from the field and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Harris ended with 15 points, while Mackenzie Reese had 14 points. Porsha Martin was the final Pacer in double figures with 10 points.
USC Aiken shot 56.7 percent (34-for-60) from the field, while Georgia Southwestern shot 40.4 percent (21-for-52) in the game.
Kabrina Merriweather led two Georgia Southwestern players in double figures with 20 points.