Upstate Hosts Lipscomb in CSS Game of the Week Monday
Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate will hit the hardwood Monday night at 7:00 to battle Lipscomb in a key A-Sun matchup in the Hodge Center in a game that will be televised on CSS as part of the A-Sun's Women's Game of the Week. The game marks the first time a women's basketball game will be televised from the Hodge Center and the first since the completion of the $4 million renovation last fall. Upstate owns a 4-2 lead in the all-time series and swept the season series last year from the Bisons.
Upstate enters the game with a 9-8 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the A-Sun. The Spartans snapped a three-game league losing streak when it claimed a dominating 69-51 victory over Belmont on Saturday in the Hodge Center. Lipscomb enters the game with a 7-11 overall record and a 4-5 mark in the A-Sun, having dipped below .500 with a 95-64 loss to ETSU on Saturday. The Lady Bisons are on a four-game losing streak, all in conference play.
Fans can follow the action live online in a variety of ways. Live statistical updates will be available for free through the official Upstate Athletics website at www.upstatespartans.com. Live video will also be available for a fee on the web at ASun.TV.
Looking Back at Belmont
Upstate turned in its top defensive effort of the season, forcing Belmont into hurried shots and forcing 25 turnovers, and took a 69-51 victory over the Bruins Saturday evening in the Hodge Center. Upstate held Belmont to 11 points in the first half, the fewest allowed in the Division I era at Upstate and in at least the last 10 years. Upstate forced the Bruins into two significant scoring droughts in the first half, one nearly seven minutes and another nearly eight. The second scoring drought allowed Upstate to rattle off 13 straight points to turn a two-point deficit into an 11-point advantage. The Spartans extended the lead to 18 points at halftime. The Spartans left little doubt in the second half, pushing the lead to 21 early on and never allowing the lead to dip below 17 for the rest of the game. Tee'Ara Copney led the way for Upstate with 23 points, matching her jersey number. She also recorded seven rebounds and three steals. Kim Roach came off the bench for 13 points and established career highs with eight rebounds and three steals. Upstate held a 23-1 advantage in points off turnovers.
Longtime Lipscomb head coach Frank Bennett will bring a solid Lipscomb club into Spartanburg to face Upstate Monday night. The Lady Bisons stand 7-11 overall and 4-5 in the A-Sun. However, they are on a four-game losing streak, all conference games.
Lipscomb started off strong in A-Sun play, winning its first three out of the gate over Mercer (home), Kennesaw State (home) and Stetson (away). However, since that start, the Lady Bisons have gone 1-5 in league play with losses to Florida Gulf Coast (away), North Florida (home), Belmont (away), Campbell (home) and ETSU (away). The only win in the last six games was against Jacksonville (home).
Lipscomb has picked up wins over non-conference opponents Jacksonville State (home), Alabama A&M (home) and Austin Peay (away).
Lipscomb has the ability to put points on the board and averages 62.9 points per game. The Lady Bisons allow opponents to score at a 69.6 ppg clip. They shoot 35 percent from the floor, 32 percent from the three-point arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. Opponents shoot 41 percent from the floor and 33 percent from the arc. Lipscomb averages just 35 rebounds per game and owns a rebound margin of -11.0 per game.
Jenna Bartsokas leads Lipscomb in scoring at 15.5 points per game. She also tops the club with 33 steals and is tied for the team lead with 51 assists. Anna Bowers ranks second on the team in scoring at 13.6 ppg. Brittany Durek tops the Lady Bisons with 5.7 rebounds per outing, while Jess Reece leads with 24 blocked shots.
Upstate Hosts First-Ever Women's Telecast in Hodge Center
For the first time ever, a women's basketball game will be telecast from the Hodge Center when Upstate plays host to Lipscomb in a key A-Sun battle Monday night at 7:00. The game is part of the A-Sun's Women's Game of the Week series and kicks off the year's slate of games.
Wallace Second on All-Time Three-Point List, Eyes All-Time Mark
Junior sharpshooter Kendra Wallace not only surpassed second place on Upstate's all-time three-point record, she is eyeing the top spot. She currently has 158 career three-pointers for second place on the all-time list. The top spot is owned by Stephanie Feyes (2001-05). The Columbus, Ohio, native made 169 in her four-year career at Upstate. Wallace is just 11 away from the all-time mark.
Roach Turns in Strong Outing Versus Belmont
Freshman forward Kim Roach has shown progress throughout her first season playing college ball. On Saturday against Belmont, she turned in one of the best games of her young career. She finished with 13 points and turned in career highs with eight rebounds and three steals. A 58 percent free throw shooter, she was 7-for-9 from the charity stripe for the game.
Spartans Do Work at Free Throw Line
Part of the reason Upstate claimed a dominant win over Belmont (Jan. 22) was its performance at the free throw line. The league's second-best free throw shooting team, Upstate converted 26-of-30 (.867) for the game.
Jacobs Notches First Career Double-Double
Freshman Kyana Jacobs has made steady progress learning to play the point guard position on the college level. On Monday in Jacksonville, she put it together and recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. The 10 assists is tied with Tee'Ara Copney (at Indiana State) for the single-game school record during the Division I era.
McMillan Tops 1,000 Career Points
Senior post player Chelsea McMillan has reached career scoring milestones of 800 and 900 points this season. With a career-high 34 points at North Florida (Jan. 15), she not only reached 1,000 points, she surpassed it. She started her collegiate career at Santa Fe Community College before transferring to Upstate as a sophomore. She is the 13th person in the history of the program to achieve the mark.
Copney Nearing 600 Career Points
With six points at Kennesaw State (Jan. 3), sophomore Tee'Ara Copney has reached the 500-point plateau for her career. Last year's A-Sun Freshman of the Year and a preseason all-conference selection this season, is closing in on career point No. 600. With 592 points, she needs just eight to reach the plateau.
McMillan Tops 700 Career Rebounds
With 17 rebounds at North Florida (Jan. 15), senior Chelsea McMillan reached yet another statistical milestone, 700 in her career. She currently has 728 rebounds in her two and a half years in the program. She ranks fifth all-time at Upstate, 56 away from fourth on the all-time list. Yakeeshia Ross owns the top mark with 991 in her brilliant four-year career from 2002-06.
McMillan Tops A-Sun in Scoring, Rebounds and Blocks
Upstate senior post player Chelsea McMillan received high praise by the A-Sun coaches when she was named the league's preseason player of the year. She is certainly living up to the hype by leading the conference in both scoring (16.4 ppg), rebounding (11.4 rpg) and blocks (1.8 bpg). As a junior, she finished the 2009-10 season ranked fifth in scoring at 14.2 points per game and second in rebounding at 10.8 rebounds per outing en route to earning A-Sun First Team All-Conference honors.
Upstate Among A-Sun's Statistical Leaders
With Chelsea McMillan topping the A-Sun in scoring (16.4 ppg), rebounding (11.4 rpg) and blocks (1.8 bpg), the Spartans are well represented on the conference's statistical ranking lists. Upstate players rank eight times in the top five in several statistical categories. As a team, Upstate leads the A-Sun with 10.7 steals per game.
McMillan a Double-Double Machine
Chelsea McMillan holds Upstate's record for the most double-doubles in Upstate's Division I history. She has posted double dips 30 times in her three years in the program. After posting six as a sophomore in 2008-09, she tallied 16 last season, recording a double-double in more than half of the games last season. She started the 2010-11 season with a bang, going for 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds at Mississippi State (Nov. 12). She now has eight double dips this season and had her string of six-straight double-doubles snapped at Jacksonville (Jan. 17).