Macon, Ga. – USC Upstate senior center Brittany Starling and senior guard Brittany Clency were both named to the A-Sun All-Conference Team by the league’s coaches Wednesday afternoon as the conference announced its women’s basketball postseason awards.
Starling was named First Team All-Conference while Clency claimed a spot as a Second Team All-Conference Player.
“I am very happy for both of them,” head coach Tammy George said. “It’s great to see your players and your program get recognized. Both have played a big role in the success that we have had this year.”
Starling, a unanimous selection to the First Team, earned All-Conference selection for the second consecutive year after being named to the Second Team in 2014-15. She was also named to the All-Freshman team during the 2012-13 season.
The First-Team selection caps a season in which the Sumter, S.C. native led the league in offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, rebounds per game, field goals and double-doubles. Starling finished second in the league in scoring and free throws, and was third in points per game and field goal percentage. She ranks in the top-ten among NCAA Division I players in rebounds, rebounds per game and double-doubles.
Starling etched her name into the Upstate and Atlantic Sun record books in February. On Feb. 6, Starling became Upstate’s all-time leader in rebounds as she pulled down 11 for a total of 992, breaking Yakeeshia Ross’ record of 991. In the Spartans’ next game at Kennesaw State on Feb. 10, Starling became the first player in Upstate history and 10th player in league history to score 1,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds for their career. Currently, Starling is fourth in program history with 1,456 points and the leader in rebounds with 1,056.
Clency, a Second Team All-Conference selection in 2013-14, finished ninth in scoring with 312 points. She led Upstate with 31.2 minutes of playing time per game and finished fourth in the league with a 78.2% free throw shooting mark. On Feb. 6, Clency became the 16th player in school history to score 1,000 points with a 15 point effort against Lipscomb and is currently 15th on the all-time points list with 1,080. The Greensboro, N.C. native scored a career-high 27 points at IPFW on Nov. 21, 2015 as part of an 84-81 Upstate victory.
The third-seeded Spartans host six-seeded North Florida in the quarterfinal round of the A-Sun Women’s Basketball Championship on Friday at 7 p.m.