Not surprisingly, USC Aiken's women's basketball team has already matched last season's win total of five.
With an injection of junior college transfers and freshmen, the Lady Pacers (5-0) are in the top three in nearly every offensive and defensive statistical category in the Peach Belt Conference. USC Aiken leads the conference with an astounding 33.8 point scoring margin. The Lady Pacers are averaging 81.8 points a game while holding opponents to 48.
Four Lady Pacers are averaging double figures in points led by Janell Gerk (17.6 ppg) and followed by Allison Nold (15.4), Jen Schwachenwald (11.5) and Telma Ferreira (10.0). Gerk is 25-for-53 on 3-pointers and leads the PBAC in 3-point field goals made per game with 5.0.
USC Aiken will put its unblemished mark on the line when it travels to Division I Charleston Southern (2-4) on Friday at 7 p.m.
Not to be outdone, the USC Aiken men are also 4-0. The Pacers have the league's second-best defense, allowing 64.3 points per game and lead the PBAC in 3-point field goal defense.
Corey Faggins has been on fire this season. The senior wing player leads the team with 16.2 points per game, shooting 57 percent from the floor, 47 from 3-point range and 85 percent from the free-throw line.
The Pacers host the Pacer Classic this weekend. USC Aiken will play Mars Hill on Friday at 8 p.m. and Carson-Newman on Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Lions (2-2) have found a common opponent in Belmont Abbey. The Crusaders, coached by former six-year Augusta State assistant Dip Metress, have fought a pair of battles with Paine over the past two seasons. Expect that to continue on a yearly basis as Metress said on Sunday that Belmont Abbey and Paine are working on playing one game a year at each other's place. Next year, Paine will travel to Belmont, N.C.
While Paine's next game is not until Dec. 11 against Miles College, coach Ron Spry said the team would continue to practice and work on defense.
"We have a little time off as far as playing but we don't have any time off for practice," Spry said.
The Lions will play four December games including two games in the Valdosta State tournament on Dec. 17-18. Paine will end 1999 against Augusta State in the City Classic on Dec. 30.
Lady Jaguar basketball coach Greg Wilson is not accustomed to losing. With a career record of 50-7 record coming into the year, the first-year coach did however expect to hit some valleys this season.
Wilson, though, didn't expect his team to quit in a 70-48 loss to West Alabama last Saturday one night after losing a 65-64 heartbreaker to West Georgia.
"The only way to look at it positively is that I hope that it was a wake-up call," Wilson said about the West Alabama game. "The thing that bothered me was that it just seemed like (the loss) was expected. That team was not that talented. They had a great post player, but other than that they never should have beaten us. And we never even posted a challenge."
Augusta State will host to the Courtyard Classic this weekend when it plays Morris Brown on Friday at 8 p.m and Catawba on Saturday at 8 p.m.
"You got to get back to basics," Wilson said. "We're working on fundamental defense again. Obviously we don't know what our assignments are and where we're supposed to be on the floor. Offensively, our execution is pathetic. We don't go shoulder-to-shoulder off screens. We don't read screens. We don't read our defenders. We don't make decisions very well. The only way to do that is to go back to day one stuff and re-go through it all again."
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