Two key USC Aiken women's basketball players transferring

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Two USC Aiken women’s basketball starters are leaving the program.

All-American forward Kayla Harris and point guard Brittany Hill will play their senior seasons at Wingate. When contacted on Wed­nesday afternoon, coach Mike Brandt said he couldn’t comment on the matter.

The Lady Pacers won their first 12 games last season and were ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation with Harris in the lineup.

On Jan. 16, Harris went down with a season-ending knee injury in a close loss to No. 4 Clayton State.

USC Aiken finished with a 22-8 record. The school advanced to the Division II Southeast Regional semifinals, where it got bounced from postseason play by Clayton State.

In 13 games last season, Harris averaged 18.2 points a game on 51 percent field-goal shooting. She also averaged 7.3 boards a game. During her sophomore campaign, Harris posted 15.8 points and 5.9 rebounds a contest.

Hill, a Quinnipiac transfer, played two seasons for USC Aiken. Last season, she averaged 8.1 points a game on 38 percent shooting. Hill led the Peach Belt Conference with 176 assists (5.9 a game), while also averaging 3.0 rebounds a contest.

The Lady Pacers return five players next season, including starter Porsha Martin, who will be a senior in the fall. Martin averaged 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game.

Backup guard Mackenzie Reese came off the bench to average 8.8 points a game last season. She swished 28 3-pointers, including the buzzer-beater at Augusta State.

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ajones25 05/30/13 - 12:12 am
Assistant coach Jennifer

Assistant coach Jennifer Brock has also left the program. The elephant in the room that everyone is reluctant to discuss - why senior all conference caliber players are suddenly leaving the program - has been prompted by the inclusion last year of Head Coach Brandt's daughter to the team - this event has fueled a very uncomfortable environment between team members and the head coach and has become untenable in some cases - hence the departure of key individuals from a very successful program. It may be awhile before the program regains the success it has enjoyed in recent years - the bottom line is this scenario is unfortunate for all parties that are involved.

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