The USC Upstate women’s basketball team will look to pick up its first A-Sun victory of the season Wednesday evening when it hosts the Lipscomb Lady Bisons at 7 p.m. from the Hodge Center.
Upstate is 8-8 on the season and 0-1 in league play after dropping its conference opener to Kennesaw State last Saturday 72-63. The Spartans were led offensively by Sharmayne Edwards as she came off the bench to lead three players in double-figures with 15 points. Kristen Dickerson added 14 points and Brittany Clency had 11. Shelby Hicks grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, and Brittany Starling and A’Lexxus Davis finished with six each.
Edwards is scoring a team-best 12.9 points per game this season, 10th-best in the A-Sun, and is joined by Starling at 12.1 per game. Starling is fourth in the league in rebounding behind Lipscomb’s Ashley Southern with 9.3 per game and Clency dishes out 2.9 assists to rank sixth in the conference.
The Lady Bisons enter the midweek contest with a 5-10 overall record and 0-1 mark in the A-Sun following an 81-70 defeat at home to Northern Kentucky on Saturday. Lipscomb is under the direction of third-year head coach Greg Brown, who holds a 14-60 career record. The Lady Bisons are led on offense by the trio of Southern, Danay Fothergill and Sara Bliss. Southern averages a team-leading 13.5 points per game, while Fothergill and Bliss chip in 11.2 and 10.7 points, respectively. Southern tops the team in rebounding with 9.3 per game and Emily Eubank contributes 3.9 assists.
Upstate leads the all-time series over Lipscomb 11-3 and have won three straight meetings dating back to the 2012-13 season. The Spartans swept the Lady Bisons last season by scores of 92-69 in Spartanburg and 91-71 in the season finale in Nashville. Starling (16.5) was one of four players to average 10 or more points per game last year against Lipscomb along with Edwards (16.0), Hicks, (15.0) and Clency (13.0).
Fans can follow the action on www.upstatespartans.com via live stats. The game is being televised on ESPN3. Updates will also be posted on the Upstate women’s basketball Twitter page (@UpstateWB).
The Spartans travel to Highland Heights, Ky. Saturday evening to face Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m.