Spartanburg, S.C. – Travonda Haddock’s first career double-double led USC Upstate to an 84-61 victory over UNCG on Tuesday night in the Hodge Center.
USC Upstate improves to 5-3 on the 2015-16 season while UNCG falls to 3-4. Upstate is 3-0 at the Hodge Center this season.
Haddock scored 12 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds for the first double-double of her career. Brittany Starling finished with 21 points, scoring 20 or more points for the 10th time in her career while also finishing with five assists and three blocks. Starling is now 12th all-time in scoring at Upstate with 1146 career points. Raven Jefferson scored 14 points, followed by Kristen Dickerson with 12 points.
Lucy Mason led UNCG with 20 points and eight rebounds. India Timpton scored 13 points, followed by Bailey Williams with 10 points. Jazmine Missouri had four assists to lead UNCG.
A Dickerson layup at the 5:53 mark gave Upstate an 8-4 lead. UNCG pulled to within one, 8-7, following a Shanese Harris layup with just over five minutes to go in the quarter. Upstate responded, taking a quarter-high seven point lead (16-9) following a Dickerson jumper with 2:02 to play in the frame. Upstate led 16-11 at the end of the period.
After a Mason layup brought UNCG to within three, 16-13, Upstate went on an 8-0 run for a 24-13 advantage with 7:45 to go in the first half. A Starling jumper at the 3:09 mark gave Upstate a 12-point lead, 32-20, their largest of the half. Upstate held a 37-29 halftime lead.
Starling opened the third quarter scoring with a layup 22 seconds into the period to give Upstate a 39-29 advantage. Jefferson’s layup with 6:46 remaining gave Upstate a 46-33 lead, however, UNCG would answer with a 9-0 run to cut the Upstate lead to 46-42 following a Timpton jumper with 4:35 remaining. Upstate responded with a 14-2 run capped by a pair of Haddock free throws for a 60-44 lead. A pair of Williams free throws completed the third quarter scoring as Upstate enjoyed a 61-49 lead after the first three quarters.
Following a Clency jumper to give the hosts a 63-49 lead, UNCG trimmed the Upstate lead to 65-55 following a Gina Penick jumper with 6:36 to play. UNCG would pull to within 10 points for the third time in the quarter, 67-57, after a Timpton layup with 5:42 remaining. Upstate put the game out of reach as a Vanessa Argusa three-pointer sparked a 13-0 run capped by a Jefferson layup with 1:16 remaining to give the hosts an 80-57 lead. A’Lexxus Davis’ layup with 29 seconds remaining served as the game’s final points to give Upstate the 84-61 victory.
Upstate shot a season-best 50% (32-for-64) from the field. Upstate finished 5-for-14 (35.7%) from behind the arc and 15-for-19 (78.9%) from the free throw line. UNCG outrebounded Upstate 43-42 while Upstate held a 40-30 advantage in points in the paint. Both teams scored 16 points off of turnovers. Upstate never trailed during the contest.
USC Upstate hits the road on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest at Georgia Tech.