The USC Upstate women’s basketball team stays in the state Tuesday evening as it travels to South Carolina State to face the Lady Bulldogs at 6 p.m. from Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.
The Spartans have won three straight and enter the midweek contest 3-2 on the season after defeating IPFW 85-73 Sunday afternoon. South Carolina State has started its season 2-0.
Brittany Clency scored a season-high 18 points against IPFW as Upstate forced an opponent into 20 or more turnovers for the third consecutive game. The Spartans scored a season-high in points as four players, including Clency, finished in double-figures scoring. Sharmayne Edwards added 14 points, while Maddie Herr and Brittany Starling contributed 11 and 10, respectively. Shelby Hicks led Upstate in rebounding with eight.
The Spartans currently lead the A-Sun in offensive rebounds, are second in rebounds, assists and steals, and third in scoring. Clency leads the conference in assists while Starling is third in offensive rebounds and fourth in rebounding. Edwards ranks fifth in scoring.
The Lady Bulldogs are undefeated to start their season with victories at home over Allen and Columbia College. South Carolina State is under the direction of seventh-year head coach Doug Robertson, Jr., who is 74-104 at the school and 127-136 during his career. Kourtney Williams leads SCSU in scoring with 20.5 points per game and is joined in double-figures by Ashleigh Outler (14.5) and Amber Howard (10.0). Jahmia Bradley averages a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game.
Upstate and South Carolina State will be meeting for the fifth time Tuesday night with the Spartans holding a 3-1 lead in the series. Upstate has won the last three meetings including a 58-57 come-from-behind victory last season in Spartanburg. The Spartans rallied from a 19-point halftime deficit to win on a last-second basket by Hicks. Starling had a double-double on 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Clency scored 11 on 5-of-10 shooting.
Fans can follow the action on the Upstate women’s basketball Twitter page (@UpstateWB).
Following Tuesday night’s game, the Spartans will take five days off before hosting Brevard on Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.