Sharmayne Edwards recorded her sixth 20-point scoring performance of the season Thursday night, but it was not enough as the USC Upstate women’s basketball team dropped a 92-66 decision to the Stetson Hatters inside the Hodge Center.
Upstate falls to 13-13 overall and 5-6 in the A-Sun, while Stetson improves to 19-6 on the season and 8-3 in league play.
Edwards led the Spartans with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting while adding two three’s and two free-throws. Maddie Herr came off the bench to tie her career-high of 12 points and Brittany Clency contributed nine points and seven rebounds. Brittany Starling finished with seven points and five rebounds.
Jama Sharp scored a game-high 20 points to lead five Stetson players in double-figures. Myeisha Hall had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Sarah Sagerer compiled a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Amber Porter and C.J. Coddington recorded 12 and 10 points, respectively. Coddington also had eight rebounds and Aisha Turner scored nine points.
Sharp and Hall scored 29 of the Hatters’ 55 points in the first half as Stetson converted on 21-of-40 (52.5%) field goal attempts including 8-for-16 (50.0%) from three. The Hatters opened the game on a 9-2 run capped by a three from Sharp with 17:45 left. Upstate fought back to within three, 11-8, after a triple by Clency and Starling’s three-point play at the 16:36 mark.
After a three by Edwards with 14:04 to go trimmed the Spartans deficit to 19-13, Stetson used a 14-6 run over the next 4:57 to lead 33-19 after a basket by Sagerer. Travonda Haddock answered with a jumper to make it a 33-21 contest with 7:58 remaining, but the Hatters increased their lead to 44-24 four minutes later on Hall’s three. Porter’s tip-in basket as time expired sent Stetson into the half ahead 55-33.
Edwards and Herr each scored 10 points in the second half as Upstate was 13-of-30 (43.3%) shooting in the period.
The Hatters led by at least 20 throughout the second half and took their largest lead of the game at the 3:38 mark when Turner’s layup gave them a 90-58 advantage. The Spartans would get as close as 67-44 with 13:08 left after a three-point play from Edwards. Herr scored six of her 12 points on a pair of three’s during the final 1:56. The last three put the final score at 92-66.
Upstate finished the game shooting 27-of-61 (44.3%) overall and 5-for-15 (33.3%) from three. Stetson went 33-of-76 (43.4%) as a team and connected on 10-of-28 (35.7%) behind the three-point line.
The Spartans host Florida Gulf Coast at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in their Play 4Kay game. All cancer survivors wearing pink will be admitted to the game free of charge.