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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team (2-4) dropped a 48-37 decision to George Washington (3-1) Wednesday night inside the Hodge Center.
Despite 21 first half turnovers, the Spartans managed to keep things close during the opening period. George Washington took a 10-2 lead early in the first half, but Upstate went on a 10-0 run, knotting things up at 10-10 with 13:33 on the clock. The teams exchanged points for a while and tied the game up three more times in the half. However, GW managed to regain the lead and took a 25-21 advantage into the locker room at the break.
The Colonials opened the second frame with a 9-2 run and never looked back. The closest the Spartans would get was within four (34-30) with 11:03 to play. George Washington then scored six unanswered points and Upstate couldn't seem to recover. GW went on to claim the 48-37 win, despite shooting poorly from the floor. The Colonials went 10-for-33 in the first half for 30.3 percent, while Upstate was 10-for-19 (52.6 percent). The second half, GW shot 19.4 percent, going 6-for-31 for an overall field goal percentage of 25.0.
The Spartans were plagued by turnovers throughout the contest, recording 33 compared to George Washington's 16. Upstate didn't shoot as well from the floor in the second half, going 6-for-25 (24.0 percent). On the night, the Spartans posted a 36.4 field goal percentage.
Upstate senior Lauren McRoberts (Carmel, Ind.) led the team in scoring for the first time this season, putting up 12 points and reaching double-figures for the second time this year. She also grabbed seven rebounds to go along with one blocked shot and one steal.
Freshman Tavonda Haddock (Pollocksville, N.C.) was second in scoring for the Spartans, recording a season-high eight points and grabbing six rebounds. Freshman Brittany Starling (Sumter, S.C.) registered seven points for Upstate, while snagging a game-high and season-best nine boards. Sophomore Shelby Hicks (Greeneville, Tenn.) helped with four points and four rebounds, while senior Tee'Ara Copney added four boards and two points. Upstate senior Tyra Smith (Lawrenceville, Ga.) handed out a team-high three assists, while collecting two rebounds.
George Washington was led by a pair of scorers reaching double-digits. Danni Jackson and Shi-Heria Shipp each posted 11 points for the Colonials. Jackson dished out a game-high six assists, while swiping a game-best six steals to go along with four boards. Megan Nipe was next on the squad, registering eight points, while Sara Mostafa scored six and recorded a team-high seven rebounds.
The Spartans return to action after Thanksgiving, traveling to No. 9/8 Kentucky for a 1 p.m. contest Saturday. Follow Upstate women's basketball this season on your mobile device, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.