After opening the season with two road games in the state of Iowa, the USC Upstate women’s basketball team returns to the Hodge Center Tuesday night as it hosts the Converse College Valkyries at 7 p.m.
The Spartans enter their home opener 0-2 on the season after falling at No. 19 Iowa and Iowa State last weekend. Upstate dropped a 98-76 decision to Iowa State Sunday afternoon despite a career-high 25 points from Sharmayne Edwards and the first double-double of the season for Brittany Starling on 15 points and 12 rebounds. For Starling, it was the team-leading 13th double-double of her career. Brittany Clency also dished out eight assists.
Edwards leads the team in scoring this season at 15.5 points per game, while Starling is averaging 12 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest on 52.4% (11-of-21) shooting. Clency is tied for first in the A-Sun with six assists per game, while Starling is tenth in rebounding and 12th in field-goal percentage. Edwards ranks 11th in the league in scoring.
Converse opened its season last Saturday with a 59-50 victory over Bob Jones behind 14 points from Margo Dill. Erin Horne and Yashee Johnson added 11 and 10 points, while Dill and Johnson each had a team-high eight rebounds.
The Valkyries are under the direction of first-year head coach Beth Couture, who is 452-294 in 26 seasons as a head coach.
The Spartans lead the all-time series over Converse 29-4 dating back to the 1975-76 season. Upstate has won the last 18 meetings including a 75-36 victory in its home opener last season. Starling scored a career-high 22 points in last year’s contest and was joined in double-figures by Edwards (11) and Alex Stanford (10). Shelby Hicks had a team-high 12 rebounds.
Fans can follow the action on www.upstatespartans.com via live stats. Updates will also be posted on the Upstate women’s basketball Twitter page (@UpstateWB).
The Spartans travel to Greensboro, N.C. Thursday evening to take on the UNC Greensboro Spartans at 7 p.m.