Upstate Hosts Morehead State in Midweek Contest

December 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

The USC Upstate women’s basketball team remains at the Hodge Center Wednesday evening as it entertains the Morehead State Eagles at 7 p.m. in a game televised by ESPN3.

The Spartans improved to 5-5 last Saturday following a 60-38 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore behind a combined 43 points from Sharmayne Edwards and Brittany Starling. Edwards finished with a game-high 22 points while Starling turned in her best overall performance at Upstate with 21 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. It was her third double-double of the season and second in as many games. Kristen Dickerson added 11 points.

Starling became the first Spartan since Paulina Zaveckaite to grab 20 or more rebounds in a game, with her 20 tying for fifth-most in school history. She is the first A-Sun player since 2012 to compile a 20-20 game. For her effort, Starling earned her first career A-Sun Player of the Week honor on Monday.

The duo of Edwards and Starling lead the Upstate offense this season in scoring with Edwards pacing the team at 14.8 points per game. Starling adds 12.3 points and pulls down a team-leading 8.5 rebounds per game. Brittany Clency contributes 3.4 assists per game to lead the team in that category.

As a team, the Spartans lead the A-Sun in both rebounding and offensive rebounds. Upstate is third in scoring, steals, defensive rebounds and three-point field-goal percentage.

Morehead State is 4-6 on the season after dropping an 86-77 decision to East Tennessee State Monday evening. The Eagles are under the direction of first-year head coach Greg Todd. He holds a 161-69 record during his career as a head coach. MSU has four players averaging 10 or more points per game this season led by Almesha Jones at 17.3. She is joined in double-figures by Eriel McKee (14.1), Shay Steele (14.1) and Maiki Viela (11.0). McKee leads the team in rebounding at 8.7 per game while Jones has dished out a team-best 8.2 assists per contest.

The Spartans and Eagles are meeting for the first time in program history.

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 close out their home stand Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. versus UNC Asheville.

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