Women’s Basketball Concludes Homestand against North Florida

January 25, 2016 at 4:57 pm

The USC Upstate women’s basketball team will look to get back on the winning track as they welcome North Florida to the Hodge Center on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled for Monday but travel complications due to Winter Storm Jonas forced the game to be pushed back 24 hours.

Upstate enters the contest with an 11-8 overall record and 2-2 Atlantic Sun Conference mark following a 49-43 loss to Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans were held to a season-low 23.2 field goal percentage and their five points scored in the second quarter was their lowest of the season. Upstate made 14 of 18 free throw attempts. The loss was just the second for the Spartans inside the Hodge Center this season and snapped a four-game winning streak over the Dolphins.

The Spartans rank among the league leaders in several categories. Upstate is the top rebounding team in the Atlantic Sun and are also atop the rankings for free throws made, free throws attempted, field goal attempts and blocks. The Spartans are second in scoring and free throws. Brittany Starling leads the league in rebounding and is second in scoring and free throws. She is currently sixth among NCAA Division I players in rebounds and is tied for seventh in rebounds per game. Kristen Dickerson is fourth in the league in steals while Travonda Haddock is fourth in blocks and ninth in offensive rebounds.

North Florida is 6-13 on the season and 2-2 in league play after a 68-51 win at NJIT on Friday night. Claire Ioannidis is the leading scorer with 15.1 points per game while Kadesia Johnson is the top rebounder with an average of 8.1 rebounds per game. Darrick Gibbs is in his first season as head coach of the Ospreys.

Tuesday’s game will be televised on ESPN3. Live stats will be available on www.upstatespartans.com. Updates will be posted to the USC Upstate women’s basketball Twitter page, @UpstateWB.

Upstate hits the road on Saturday, traveling to Lipscomb for a 2:30 p.m. Eastern tip-off.

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