For the third time in four games to open the season, the USC Upstate women’s basketball team hits the road to face the UNC Greensboro Spartans Thursday night at 7 p.m. from Fleming Gym.
The Spartans head into the contest with a 1-2 record after opening their home season last night with a convincing 78-50 victory against Converse College behind a game-high 14 points from Sharmayne Edwards. Edwards, who also had a career-high seven assists, led five Upstate players in double-figures as she was joined by Kristen Dickerson (11), Brittany Starling (10), Alex Stanford (10) and Maddie Herr (10). Stanford recorded her first career double-double as she added 10 rebounds, while Travonda Haddock had a career-high 12 rebounds, four blocks and four steals to lead the Spartans defensively.
Upstate is led on offense by Edwards at 15.0 points per game, while Starling is averaging 11.3 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per contest. Brittany Clency sits second in the A-Sun in assists per game with 6.0, Starling is eighth in rebounds per game and Edwards is tied for tenth in scoring.
UNC Greensboro currently sits at 1-1 after opening their season with an 80-51 loss at Clemson before defeating College of Charleston 70-68. The Spartans have three players averaging 10 or more points this season with Lucy Mason leading the way with 16.0 points per game. Jarae Savage is sitting at 12.5 points per game with Jessica Collins posting 11.0. Mason and Savage both top the team in rebounding with six per contest.
The Spartans are under the direction of fourth-year head coach Wendy Palmer. She holds a 20-72 record during her four seasons.
UNCG holds a 2-1 lead in the all-time series over the Spartans, but the teams have not met since the 1990-91 season when UNC Greensboro won both games by six points or less. The lone win by USC Upstate came in 1989-90 by a score of 66-56.
Fans can follow the action on www.upstatespartans.com via live stats. The game is being streamed for free on the SoCon Digital Network. Updates will also be posted on the Upstate women’s basketball Twitter page (@UpstateWB).
The Spartans return to action Sunday afternoon when they host IPFW at 3 p.m. on ESPN3.