AIKEN, S.C. – On a night honoring former Pacer legend Meredith Legg, the all-time leading scorer in USC Aiken women’s basketball history, four Pacers fittingly finished with double-figure scoring totals.
The USC Aiken athletic department held a special “Black Out - Fight for Sight Night” to honor Legg. Just weeks after finishing her illustrious Pacer career, Legg was diagnosed with a rare form of Melanoma eye cancer in her left eye.
To help raise funds and awareness for Melanoma Research, the USC Aiken athletic department asked everyone to wear black, the official color of melanoma cancer. All proceeds on the night went to help Melanoma Research.
Catherine Cain (Dayton, Ohio/Ohio University) led the way with 17 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots, while Kendra Chandler (Aiken, S.C./Aiken HS) finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Nakia Pinkney (Orangeburg, S.C./Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS) and Daniela Tarailo (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) were the other Pacers in double-figures as Pinkney finished with 12 points, while Tarailo added 11 points.
UNC Pembroke led for the entire first half and took a 38-31 lead into halftime.
The Braves opened the second half with a three-point basket from Talena Faison to take their largest lead of the night, 41-31, just over 30 seconds into the second half.
USC Aiken however, rose to the challenge laid down by UNC Pembroke and promptly answered with a Pinkney three-pointer to bring the deficit back down to seven points, 41-34.
The Pacers would not allow the Braves to regain a double-digit lead from then on, answering each basket with one of their own, methodically chipping away at the deficit.
The turning point in the contest came with 8:45 left to play in regulation as Triahna Harris capped an 8-0 Pacer run with a steal and subsequent lay-up to give USC Aiken its first lead of the night, 55-54.
It was Harris’ (Springfield, Va./West Springfield HS) only bucket of the night, but it shifted all the momentum in USC Aiken’s favor and her finishing line of two points, four assists and three steals failed to reflect the stellar leadership she displayed directing the Pacer attack, both offensively and defensively.
The two teams would trade baskets over the next four-plus minutes before Tarailo tied the game for the fourth time, 63-63, with a three-point basket at the 4:22 left in regulation.
Cain would convert two free-throws with just under three minutes left to play to put USCA ahead, 65-63. The pair of free-throws were part of a perfect evening at the charity stripe for the Pacers leading scorer as Cain finished 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.
Pinkney squashed any hope of a UNC Pembroke comeback at the 2:12 mark as she outhustled everyone on the floor to collect her own miss on a three-point attempt and converted the lay-in to give USC Aiken the lead for good at 67-64.
Chandler and Cain would combine to connect on eight free-throws over the final 1:26 of regulation to seal the nine-point Pacer win.
USC Aiken (14-11, 9-7 PBC) has won eight of its last ten games.
USC Aiken's week concludes on Saturday, Feb. 20 with a home men's and women's basketball doubleheader against Armstrong Atlantic State.
The Armstrong Atlantic State twinbill is sure to be a fun-filled night as it is Homecoming for USC Aiken. The Pacer athletic department will also be honoring the recently enshrined Hall of Fame members during the doubleheader.
The doubleheader is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 with the USC Aiken women taking on the Armstrong Atlantic State women at 5:30 p.m. The Pacer men and the AASU men will then take to the court against one another immediately following the women's game at approximately 7:30 p.m.
It will also be Senior Night at the Convocation Center with the USC Aiken men’s and women’s basketball teams honoring their seniors prior to the start of the men’s basketball game.
For those unable to make it to the games as always the USC Aiken Sports Information Department has you covered. Live stats and a free live webcast will be available for Pacer fans who are unable to attend the games. The live stats and live webcast can be accessed by clicking on the live stats link and video link at www.pacersports.com.
Box Score: http://www.pacersports.com/sports/wbkb/2009-10/files/uscaw217.htm
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