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Pacer Athletics – 2011-12 Winter in Review

Winter 2011-12 USC Aiken Athletic Award Winners - Click Link to Access

Men’s Basketball

The University of South Carolina Aiken men’s basketball team under the direction of seventh-year head coach Vince Alexander concluded the 2011-12 season with a 21-8 overall record. The Pacers have now claimed a 20-win season in four of the last five years. 

The USC Aiken men’s basketball program has won 110 games over the course of the last five years. The 110 wins ties them with College of Charleston and Benedict for the most wins in the Palmetto State over the course of the last five years.

The Pacers had one of the best seasons in school history in their 2011-12 campaign.

The Peach Belt Conference regular-season champions with a league mark of 14-4, USC Aiken made its fourth trip to the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament in the last five years in the 2011-12 season. 

USC Aiken was ranked nationally for much of the 2011-12 season. The Pacers were never ranked lower than third in the Southeast Region rankings. In fact, USC Aiken closed the regular season as No. 1 in the region rankings. USC Aiken would eventually earn the No. 2 seed in the Southeast Regional contested at Montevallo.

The Pacers commenced the 2011-12 regular season by winning eight of their first nine games. USC Aiken would eventually close the first half of its 2011-12 season with an 8-2 record.

USC Aiken would start 2012 strong by entering the national rankings at No. 19 early in January.

The Pacers would go on to claim sole possession of the Peach Belt Conference regular-season championship.

Pacer guards Sterling Council and Re’mon Nelson were both named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Conference Team. Council was a First-Team choice, while Nelson was selected to the Third-Team. Nelson, a junior, was also named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Tournament Team. Alexander was chosen as the Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year.

Council, a senior, was chosen to the NCAA Division II Southeast Region All-District First-Team. He was also named to the 2012 Daktronics Division II Men’s Basketball All-Southeast Region Second-Team.

USC Aiken sophomore guard Jesse Seilern was selected to the Capital One Academic NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball District Three First-Team. He was also named to the 2011-12 Peach Belt Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team.

Women’s Basketball

The University of South Carolina Aiken women’s basketball team under the direction of 10th-year head coach Mike Brandt has put together the best two-year run in school history over the last two seasons. 

The USC Aiken women’s basketball program has won 54 games over the last two seasons. The 54 victories leaves them one game above Lander (53) for the most wins in the state of South Carolina over the last two seasons. 

The 2011-12 USC Aiken women’s basketball team concluded its year ranked 12th in the final national poll. It marked the highest-ever final national ranking for the Pacers.

The USC Aiken women’s basketball team was ranked all of the 2011-12 season. It marked the first time in program history that the Pacers went an entire season in the top-25. In the last poll of the regular season on Mar. 6, USC Aiken tied a program high with a national ranking of seventh.

The 2011-12 season saw USC Aiken end the year with a record of 27-4. The four losses were the fewest in school history, while the 27 wins ties the 2010-11 team for most wins in a season. The Pacers’ winning percentage of .871 was also the best in school history.

USC Aiken’s tremendous 2011-12 season was punctuated by the Pacers winning the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament crown. The tournament crown was the first in program history.

The Pacers, who won a school-record 12 straight games at one point during the regular season, would end their phenomenal year by playing host to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional for the first time in school history. The Pacers have now played in three of the last four NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournaments.

USC Aiken opened its year by winning nine of its first 10 games.

The Pacers would eventually close the regular season with a 16-2 mark in Peach Belt Conference play to acquire the Peach Belt Conference East Division crown for the second consecutive year.

Two Pacers would earn All-Peach Belt Conference accolades with sophomore forward Kayla Harris and senior forward Hannah DeGraffinreed both earning First-Team All-PBC plaudits. Both would be named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Tournament Team with DeGraffinreed chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Peach Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament.

DeGraffinreed was also named a Daktronics Division II Women’s Basketball All-Southeast Region First-Team member. 

Harris was named a 2012 Honorable Mention All-America selection by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Women’s Division II Bulletin. She was also chosen to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional All-Tournament Team for the second consecutive season.

Four USC Aiken women’s basketball players were selected to the 2011-12 Peach Belt Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team. The four Pacers selected to the PBC All-Academic Team were Mia Antoine, Brittany Bowen, Porsha Martin and Daniela Tarailo. USC Aiken owned four of the 10 spots on the 2011-12 PBC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team.

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