Lady Pacers Fall Just Short In Overtime Contest, 92-84
By Press Release
AIKEN, S.C. – Despite career-high efforts from Mariah Durian and Porsha Martin, the University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team fell just short in a 92-84 overtime contest against North Georgia Monday evening.
The Pacers are now 4-12 overall, including a 2-5 effort in Peach Belt Conference action.
Durian poured in 25 points on eight-of-14 shooting, including a sizzling six-of-eight from behind the three-point line. Martin contributed 21 points and nine rebounds, narrowly missing out on a double-double. Mackenzie Reese posted a double-double by notching 15 markers and 10 points in addition to distributing a team-high five assists in the loss. Courtney Mealing totaled seven points and five assists in the game.
The Pacers completed the game by hitting 30-of-71 shots from the floor (42.3 percent), including a 10-of-25 effort from downtown (40 percent). USC Aiken also connected on 14 charity shots. On the 30 made field goals, the squad was credited with 18 assists.
Durian’s huge first half guided head coach Mike Brandt’s team in the early going.
Trailing 6-2, Martin hit a three-pointer, pulling the home team within one. After a basket by the visitors, Kate Duff nailed a runner off a pass from Carly Gilreath to make it 8-7. Durian then stepped back and drained a deep three, giving the squad a 10-8 advantage.
With the score tied at 10, Durian hit a jumper, helping the team regain the lead. Durian went on to net 16 points in the first period, helping the Pacers stay within striking distance of the Nighthawks at 41-38 heading into the second period.
Brandt’s team tied the contest at the 17:37 mark of the second period on a charity toss by Martin. From that point forward, neither team could muster a lead larger than six. With 9:05 on the clock, Mealing’s foul shot gave the home team a 60-54 margin.
Tied at 77, Durian buried two free throws with 60 seconds remaining in regulation. However, Molly Rainwater hit a pair of free throws just six seconds later, knotting the contest at 79. After an empty possession by each team, Brandt tried to hit the game-winning three with two ticks left, but it hit the back of the rim and bounced away, forcing overtime.
In the extra session, the teams traded points during the first 30 seconds, but North Georgia embarked on an 11-1 run to secure the victory for the visitors.
The Pacers return to action Wednesday when they travel to Georgia College for a 5:30 p.m., PBC contest.