Upstate Set for Road Matchup Saturday at Western Carolina

December 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm

The USC Upstate women’s basketball team concludes a two-game road trip Saturday afternoon when it travels to Cullowhee, N.C. to take on the Western Carolina Catamounts with opening tip set for 4 p.m. inside the Ramsey Center.

Upstate opened its road trip Tuesday evening with a 74-65 loss at Alabama despite a game-high 21 points from Sharmayne Edwards. Edwards was one of four Spartans to score in double-digits along with Brittany Starling (14), Shelby Hicks (11) and Brittany Clency (10). Hicks collected her second double-double of the season after pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Edwards averages a team-leading 13.8 points per game this season and is shooting 81.0% from the charity stripe. Along with Edwards, Starling is pouring in 11.5 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds per contest, while posting a 50.0% field-goal percentage. Clency leads the team in assists at 3.5 per game. Six Upstate players average at least one steal per game, which is tops in the conference.

As a team, the Spartans lead the A-Sun in rebounding, offensive rebounds and steals, and are third in scoring.

Western Carolina improved to 4-3 Wednesday evening after rallying late to defeat North Greenville 75-74 in Cullowhee. The Catamounts are led by sixth-year head coach Karen Middleton. Justin Taylor is the lone Western Carolina player averaging in double-figures this season at 19.9 points per game, while Sherae Bonner has grabbed a team-best 10.7 rebounds per contest.

The Catamounts lead the all-time series over Upstate 6-4, while the series is tied 2-2 when playing in Cullowhee. The teams are meeting for the first time since the 2012-13 season when the Spartans edged Western Carolina 51-48 at the Ramsey Center.

Fans can follow the action on www.upstatespartans.com via live stats. The game is being televised on the SoCon Digital Network. Updates will also be posted on the Upstate women’s basketball Twitter page (@UpstateWB).

Following Saturday’s game, the Spartans will take six days off before returning to the Hodge Center for three straight starting Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. against Maryland Eastern Shore.