Upstate Looks for Second-Straight Music City Sweep
Nashville, Tenn. - The USC Upstate women's basketball team looks to secure its second-straight sweep in Nashville, Tenn., when it takes to the court Monday night at Lipscomb. Last season, Upstate staked wins at Belmont and Lipscomb. The Spartans took a 63-53 victory over Belmont on Saturday and a win Monday night would secure back-to-back sweeps in the Music City. Upstate owns a 5-2 lead in the all-time series with Lipscomb and has won the last three meetings with the Lady Bisons.
Upstate enters the game with a 15-11 overall record and an 11-6 mark in the A-Sun. The Spartans have won three-straight games and eight of the last 11 contests, including the win at Belmont on Saturday. Lipscomb enters the game with an 8-18 overall record and a 5-12 mark in the conference after dropping a 66-52 decision to ETSU on Saturday.
Fans can follow the action live online in a variety of ways. Live audio and statistical updates will be available for free through the official Upstate Athletics website at www.upstatespartans.com and the official Belmont Athletics website at www.lipscombsports.com. Live video will also be available for a fee on the web at ASun.TV.
Looking Back at Belmont
Upstate scored its final 13 points from the free throw line and went without a field goal for the final 4:28 of the game, but secured a 63-53 victory over Belmont Saturday evening in the Curb Event Center. Chelsea McMillan converted a layup with 4:29 to play in the game and sank the ensuing free throw for a three-point play to give Upstate a three-point advantage. The free throw was the first of 13-straight to end the game as Upstate held off the Bruins. Upstate used a 9-0 run midway through the second half to open a nine-point advantage, but Belmont fought back to take the leads before Lauren McRoberts tied the game with a pair of free throws and McMillan put the Spartans on top with her three-point play. McMillan notched her 16th double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four blocked shots. Tee'Ara Copney added a strong 21 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while McRoberts turned in 10 points and eight boards.
Lipscomb enters Monday night's game against Upstate with an 8-18 overall record and a 5-12 mark in the A-Sun. The Lady Bisons are in the midst of a six-game losing streak and have dropped 11 of the last 12 games.
Lipscomb started the A-Sun season on a roll, winning its first three games of the league season. However, the Lady Bisons ran into league-leader Florida Gulf Coast and lost that game. It was the first of 12 losses in the conference this season.
Lipscomb has claimed conference wins over Mercer (home) Kennesaw State (home), Stetson (away), Jacksonville (home) and Belmont (home). The Lady Bisons are just 1-7 on the road in the A-Sun this season, while tallying a 4-5 record at home.
Lipscomb has been consistent in and out of A-Sun play, averaging right at 61.5 points per game overall and in the league play. The Lady Bisons have also allowed similar numbers in and out of league play at 69 points a game. 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 34 percent from the arc.
Jenna Bartsokas leads the team in scoring at 14.9 points per game. That figure rises to 15.8 ppg during A-Sun play. She also tops the club with 70 assists and 43 steals. Anna Bowers ranks second on the team with 13 ppg.
Spartans Secure Second-Straight Winning Season
With three games remaining in the season and Upstate totaling a 15-11 record entering Monday night's game at Lipscomb, the Spartans have secured its second-straight winning season. The worst Upstate can finish is 15-14, while the team could finish as good as 18-11.
Wallace Queen of the Three-Pointer
When Kendra Wallace nailed a three-pointer in the first half of the North Florida game on Feb. 14, she moved into sole possession of the all-time three-point record at Upstate. She now has 172 in her career, three more than Stephanie Feyes who set the previous record of 169 in 2005.
Spartans Get It Done at Home
To say that Upstate likes playing at home is an understatement. The Spartans are currently 10-2 on the year in the Hodge Center, 8-1 at home against A-Sun opponents. On the road, the Spartans are just 5-9 on the year, 3-5 against league foes.
McMillan in Rare Air
Senior post player Chelsea McMillan is in rare air within the storied history of the women's basketball program. She is the 13th person in the history of the program to reach 1,000 career points. With 1,218 points and 843 rebounds in her three seasons at Upstate, she is just the fourth person to reach 1,100 points and 800 rebounds.
Roach Hits the Offensive Glass
Freshman Kim Roach has proven to be a solid player for the Spartans in her first season in the program. She ranks sixth in scoring at a little more than six points per game. She has also proven to be strong on the offensive glass for the Spartans. She has 70 total rebounds on the year with 43 coming on the offensive glass. That figure represents 61 percent of her rebounds for the season.
McMillan Surpasses 1,200 Career Points
Chelsea McMillan has reached career scoring milestones of 800, 900, 1,000 and 1,100 points this season. With 27 points against North Florida (Feb. 14), she reached 1,200 points. She is the 13th player in the history of the program to reach 1,000 points and now ranks in a tie for ninth all-time with 1,218 points. She started her collegiate career at Santa Fe Community College before transferring to Upstate as a sophomore.
Upstate Basketball Adds Another Member to Athletics Hall of Fame
Prior to the start of the game against Mercer (Jan. 29), Upstate held its annual Athletics Hall of Fame banquet and the women's basketball program contributed to the festivities. Yakeeshia Ross, who wore the Green, White and Black from 2002-06, was enshrined in her first year of eligibility. The program's all-time leader in rebounds (991) and blocked shots (202), she also ranks sixth all-time in scoring at 1,463 points.
McMillan Tops the A-Sun in Rebounding
Chelsea McMillan ranks among the league leaders in several statistical categories. She tops the league with 11.8 rebounds per game and is the only player in the conference to average a double-double with 17.3 points as well.
Wallace Tops 800 Career Points
Though the countdown is on in Kendra Wallace's chase of the all-time three-point record at Upstate, she has already reached one career milestone, topping 800 career points. She now has 841 points and is well on her way to becoming the 14th person in the history of the program to reach 1,000 in her career.
Copney Tops 700 Career Points
Sophomore Tee'Ara Copney needed just eight points to reach 600 in her Upstate career entering the game against Lipscomb (Jan. 24). She earned that and more, finishing with 19 to surpass the 600-point plateau in her young career. With 21 points at Belmont, she topped the 700 career point mark and now has 702 in her two seasons in the program.
McMillan Tops 800 Career Rebounds
While Chelsea McMillan has reached 1,000 career points, she also has moved up on the all-time rebounding list at Upstate. She has topped the 800-career rebound mark to rank fourth all-time at Upstate. Yakeeshia Ross owns the top mark with 991 in her brilliant four-year career from 2002-06.
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 38 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 16 double dips this season.