November 26, 2012

Spartan Road Warriors Head to Western Carolina

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Contact: Katie Parker, kparker@uscupstate.edu

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team (2-5) hits the road for its eighth away game of the season, taking on Western Carolina (2-2) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

SCOUTING WESTERN CAROLINA

This will be the second meeting between Western Carolina and Upstate since joining the Division I ranks and ninth overall. The Catamounts hold a 6-3 advantage against the Spartans in the all-time series, including a 2-1 mark in Cullowhee, N.C.

Western Carolina is 2-2 on the season with a 1-1 record at home. In the team's last outing, WCU picked-up a 67-55 victory over North Carolina Central Nov. 20.

In the contest, the Catamounts had three players score double-figures as Ali Lane and Rena Wakama led the way with 12 points each. Makensey Campbell helped the offensive effort, putting up 10 points, while Shauna Terry added eight. Lane also grabbed a team-high six rebounds for Western Carolina, while dishing out two assists. Wakama handed out two assists, while Campbell and Diamond Hunnicutt swiped a team-best three steals apiece.

On the season, Hunnicutt paces Western Carolina with 9.8 points per game, while Wakama is second on the squad with 8.8 points a contest. Lindsay Simpson leads WCU in rebounding, pulling down 4.0 boards an outing. Lane and Terry each average 3.8 rebounds a game.

The last time Upstate and Western Carolina met, WCU claimed a 63-58 victory in Spartanburg, S.C., Jan. 2, 2012. Campbell posted a game-high 18 points for the Catamounts, while Wakama and Kaila'Shea Menendez added 13 and 11 points, respectively. The Spartans were led by Tee'Ara Copney with 14 points and a double-double from Paulina Zaveckaite of 14 points and 13 rebounds. 

Upstate outrebounded WCU in that contest 41-21. However, Catamounts forced 21 Spartan turnovers, compared to WCU's 12. Western Carolina recorded 13 steals in that game, while Upstate had five.

SPARTAN QUICK HITS

• Upstate improved to 4-2 in home-openers over the last five years with an 83-26 win over St. Andrews Monday night. Senior Tee'Ara Copney led the team with 19 points, while freshman Tweety Hawkins recorded 13 points.

• The Spartans closed-out a four-game road swing, taking a 75-45 loss at No. 14/19 West Virginia Saturday. Upstate opened the season with two-straight losses as the Spartans dropped contests at Purdue Nov. 10 and at Old Dominion Nov. 13.

• Upstate picked-up its first win of the season at Norfolk State Nov. 15 with a 71-64 come-from-behind overtime win.

• In seven games this season, the Spartans are shooting 69.0 percent from the charity stripe. Copney leads the way, remaining perfect on the season, going 7-for-7 from the line, while sophomore Shelby Hicks is second on the team, connecting on 14-of-17 from the line for 82.4 percent.

• Junior Valese McAllister led Upstate with nine points against No. 9/8 Kentucky Nov. 25, while Tyra Smith recorded a team-high six rebounds.  

• Freshman center Brittany Starling sparkled for Upstate Nov. 13 at Old Dominion, pacing the team with 17 points. She was a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor. The rookie posted double-figures again Nov. 15 at Norfolk state, recording 10 points.

• Copney led the Spartans against the Boilermakers Nov. 10, posting 16 points, while Starling pulled down a team-high five rebounds. Copney also led Upstate against NSU Nov. 15 with another 16 points. Freshman Tweety Hawkins was second on the team against NSU, putting up 14 points.

• Upstate has a difficult nonconference slate this season with four NCAA Tournament teams from last year on the docket, including three teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today Poll in Kentucky, West Virginia and Purdue.