Starling, a two-time Preseason All-Conference selection, becomes the fourth player in school history to earn postseason recognition from the A-Sun along with Chelsea McMillan, Tee’Ara Copney and Brittany Clency. Starling was also selected to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team following the 2012-13 campaign.
“I am happy for Brittany,” said Spartans head coach Tammy George. “It is always nice to see players from your program get recognized.”
The Sumter, S.C. native led the conference in field goal percentage this season after shooting 52.7% (137-for-260) from the field and was third in rebounding at 9.1 per game. She ranked second on the team in scoring after averaging a career-best 12.5 points per game. In conference play, Starling contributed 12.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest.
Starling joined elite Upstate company in 2014-15 by becoming just the sixth player in program history to record 1,000 points and 700 rebounds for her career. She earned her 1,000th point and 700th rebound in the Spartans season finale last Saturday against Northern Kentucky. Entering A-Sun Tournament play this weekend, Starling currently sits at 1,006 points and 705 rebounds. She ranks 15th all-time at Upstate in scoring and sixth in rebounding.
The junior collected 11 double-doubles this season while tallying 20 double-digit scoring games and 12 with 10 or more rebounds. She set two career-highs with a 30-point scoring effort at College of Charleston on Dec. 30 and pulled down 20 rebounds in a win over Maryland Eastern-Shore on Dec. 13. Starling became the first Spartan since Copney in 2012 to score at least 30 points in a game while her 20 rebounds are tied for fifth in a game in school history. She also had the conference’s first 20-20 game since February of 2012 after finishing with 21 points and 20 rebounds versus UMES.
Starling was named A-Sun Co-Player of the Week twice by the league (Dec. 15, Jan. 5) and Player of the Week once (Jan. 19) by College Sports Madness.
Upstate opens A-Sun Tournament play Friday evening as it travels to Highland Heights, Ky. to face Northern Kentucky in a quarterfinal matchup at 7 p.m. from Regents Hall.