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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team (6-12, 2-5 A-Sun) dives back into action Saturday, hosting the Jacksonville Dolphins (7-11, 3-4 A-Sun) in Atlantic Sun Conference play for a 2:03 p.m. EST tip-off, airing live on ESPN3.
This will be the 10th meeting between Upstate and Jacksonville. The Dolphins hold a 5-4 record in the all-time series, including a 3-2 advantage when playing in Spartanburg.
The Dolphins are 1-7 on the road this year with their lone road win coming at Jacksonville State Nov. 25 in a 72-69 decision. The Spartans are 3-5 at home this season with their last home win coming against ETSU Jan. 2 as Upstate opened conference play with a 90-79 victory.
On the season, Jade Cargil leads Jacksonville in both scoring and rebounding with 11.8 points a game and 8.7 boards per contest. She ranks eighth in the A-Sun in scoring and third in rebounding. Tracie Sneed is second on the team, averaging 11.3 points an outing and 5.6 rebounds per game. Briona Brown rounds out the double-figures for JU, putting up 10.2 points a contest and pulling down 6.0 boards a game.
Jacksonville leads the A-Sun in defensive rebounds, averaging 27.0 per game, while Upstate is second in the league with 26.0 defensive boards a contest. JU ranks third in the conference in offensive rebounds, pulling down 14.2 per outing. With a rebounding margin of +0.6, the Dolphins are second in the Atlantic Sun.
In the squad's last outing, Jacksonville's second half comeback fell short in a 66-63 loss at North Florida. The Dolphins erased a 15-point second half deficit to pull within one bucket three times before suffering the three-point defeat.
In JU's contest against the Osprey's, Sneed posted a game-high 15 points for the Dolphins, while Cargil tallied nine points and grabbed a game-best eight rebounds. Sneed also pulled down eight boards for the Dolphins.
Jacksonville swept Upstate in both contests last season. The Spartans dropped an 80-72 decision at JU Jan. 12, 2012 and then fell at home inside the Hodge Center 74-64 Feb. 11, 2012.
SPARTAN QUICK HITS
• Upstate snapped a five-game losing-streak with a 61-52 victory on the road at Kennesaw State Jan. 21. Tee'Ara Copney led the Spartans with 21 points and a team-high eight rebounds. This marked Copney's fourth 20-plus scoring performance this season.
• Tyra Smith tallied 10 points against the Owls for her seventh double-digit outing on the year. She went 4-for-4 from the line, improving to 84.3 percent from the charity stripe on the season. The senior is second in the A-Sun at the line and ranks 68th in the latest NCAA national statistical rankings, connecting on 48-of-57 from the charity stripe.
• The Spartans climbed to second in the A-Sun with a 74.6 free throw percentage, while ranking 29th in the NCAA national statistical rankings.
• After leading Upstate with a career-high 18 points at Mercer Jan. 19, Brittany Starling helped the Spartans defeat KSU, pulling down a team-best eight rebounds. In the last three contests for Upstate, the rookie has led the team in either points or rebounds, posting a team-high 13 points against FGCU Jan. 14. She leads the Spartans in rebounding, averaging 4.7 boards an outing and ranks fifth in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 48.6 percent to lead all A-Sun freshmen.
• Smith guides the Spartan offense, handing out a team-high 66 assists. The point guard is fourth in the A-Sun stats, dishing out 3.7 helpers a game.
• Upstate ranks second in the Atlantic Sun in defensive rebounds, snagging 26.6 defensive boards per game. The Spartans are third in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 40.8 percent from the floor, while ranking 109th in the NCAA national statistical rankings.
• After setting the Upstate career record in steals earlier this season, senior Tee'Ara Copney currently ranks second in the league in steals per game, averaging 2.6 a contest. The thief ranks 79th in the NCAA stats.
• The Spartans fell to 3-5 at home this season after dropping a 77-54 decision to FGCU Jan. 14. Upstate's last home win came in its conference-opener with a 90-79 victory over ETSU Jan. 2.
• The loss at Mercer Jan. 19 marked the second-straight weekend that the Spartans squared off with a team led by the current conference Player of the Week. Upstate fell to Stetson 84-66 Jan.12, while SU's Victoria McGowan held the league's weekly honor. MU was led by the reigning A-Sun Player of the Week, Precious Bridges.
Fans can watch the action as the contest is broadcasted nationally on ESPN3 or follow along on Live Stats. Join in the conversation on Twitter at #UpstateWBB. Follow Upstate women's basketball this season on your mobile device, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.