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USC Aiken Pacers head coach Mark Miller likes what he sees during an NCAA basketball game against the Flagler Saints at the Convocation Center in Aiken. on Jan. 16.

The University of South Carolina Aiken is pleased to announce the 2019-20 women's basketball schedule.

"Our schedule will be very challenging with seven games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year," Miller said. "The always-tough PBC will once again be one of the top Division II conferences in the country."

The Pacers, coming off a PBC Tournament appearance a season ago, open the year with the Conference Challenge in Greenwood, Nov. 8-9. USC Aiken starts the season with a matchup against NCAA Tournament participant Carson-Newman before taking on Lenoir-Rhyne the following afternoon.

Miller's team opens its home slate with a midweek clash against Southern Wesleyan on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The squad hits the road for contests at Converse (Nov. 23) and Paine (Nov. 26) before returning home to face Emmanuel on Dec. 3.

USC Aiken plays at North Greenville Nov. 5 prior to taking a break for exams. Miller's team begins PBC play with a road game at NCAA Elite Eight foe North Georgia on Dec. 15. The team closes out 2019 with home games against Columbus State (Dec. 18) and Georgia Southwestern (Dec. 21).

After taking a break for the holidays, USC Aiken steps out of league competition for a home game against Winston-Salem State on Jan. 1.

The Pacers return to PBC play three days later when they travel to Georgia College. USC Aiken hosts Francis Marion on Wednesday, Jan. 8 and plays at NCAA Tournament participant Clayton State on Jan. 11.

Miller's squad hosts Flagler on Jan. 15 before making the trek to Young Harris on Saturday, Jan. 18. The team hosts UNC Pembroke on Jan. 22 prior to making the drive to NCAA Sweet 16 participant Lander on Jan. 25.

The Pacers have back-to-back home games the following week, hosting Augusta on Wednesday, Jan. 29 before entertaining the Nighthawks on Feb. 1. USC Aiken hits the road for the next three games, coming at Francis Marion (Feb. 5), Georgia Southwestern (Feb. 8) and Flagler (Feb. 12).

The Pacers close the regular season with three of their final five contests at home, beginning with the Play4Kay game Feb. 15 against the Mountain Lions. The team travels to the Braves for a midweek matchup before hosting Clayton State on Feb. 22. After a short drive to Augusta on Feb. 26, the team wraps up the regular season with a home battle against the Bearcats on Feb. 29.

Miller's team will partake in postseason play beginning with the PBC Tournament March 4.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.