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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team continues its tour of the Sunshine State, taking on Jacksonville Monday at 7 p.m. in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
This will be the 11th meeting between Jacksonville and Upstate. The Spartans knotted up the all-time series at 5-5 earlier this season, claiming a 72-53 win Jan. 26 inside the Hodge Center. JU has won the last two meetings against Upstate in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Spartans have already clinched a spot in the A-Sun Championship, but the Dolphins are still vying for one of the remaining slots. Upstate is currently fifth in the A-Sun standings with a 7-9 record in the league, while JU is seventh with a 5-10 conference record. The Spartans hold an 11-16 overall record, while Jacksonville is 9-17.
Tracie Sneed leads JU in scoring, averaging 11.4 points a game, while Queen Alford is second on the squad with 10.8 points a contest. Jade Cargill is third on the team with 10.3 points an outing. Sneed is ninth in the A-Sun in scoring average, while Alford is 14th and Cargill is 16th. Cargill leads the Dolphins on the boards, averaging 8.0 rebounds an outing, while Alford is second on team, pulling down 6.1 boards per game.
Cargill is fourth in the A-Sun in rebounding, while Alford is 15th. Starling leads Upstate with 6.1 boards a game to take 14th in the league. Starling tops the A-Sun in field goal percentage with .546.
The Dolphins are fourth in the league in scoring offense, averaging 62.5 points per game, while the Spartans are seventh with 59.6 points a contest. Upstate is fifth in the A-Sun with a -6.4 scoring margin, while Jacksonville is eighth with a -8.2 scoring margin. If the contest comes down to the charity stripe, the Dolphins have the edge as they are second in the league, shooting 74.2 percent from the line, while the Spartans are third with a 72.9 freebie percentage. Upstate is third in the conference with a 42.4 field goal percentage, while JU is seventh, shooting 36.8 percent from the floor.
SPARTAN QUICK HITS
• The Spartans improved to 4-9 on the road this season using a late second-half run to claim 61-57 come-from-behind victory over North Florida Feb. 23.
• Upstate snapped the two-game skid with a 57-48 victory over Kennesaw State Feb. 16 inside the Hodge Center, before nearly upsetting Mercer, who is second in the A-Sun standings, Feb. 18. The Spartans led most of the contest, but the Bears used a late 11-0 run to claim the 55-54 win.
• The Spartans closed out a four-game homestand Feb. 4, with a 78-62 victory over Lipscomb as head coach Tammy George tabbed her 100th win at Upstate in eight seasons. She became the winningest coach in program history during the 2010-11 season.
• Brittany Starling continues to make her case for A-Sun Freshman of the Year, garnering her second A-Sun Newcomer of the Week honor Feb. 19 after averaging a double-double in two contests with 15.5 points per game and 11.5 rebounds a contest. She notched her fourth double-dip of the season against Mercer Feb. 18 with a team-best 17 points and 14 boards.
• Starling added 10 points at North Florida Feb. 23, going 5-for-7 from the floor to push her league-leading field goal percentage to .546. The UNF contest marked Starling's fifth-straight double-digit scoring effort. She has scored double figures in eight of the last nine outings and 10 of the last 12, including a nine point effort against Lipscomb Feb. 4.
• Tweety Hawkins posted her eight double digit scoring effort this season, putting up 13 points in Upstate's 61-57 win at North Florida Feb. 23, shooting 6-for-9 from the floor.
• Shelby Hicks pulled down a team-high five boards against UNF Feb. 23, while dishing out three assists to tie her career-high. She also had two blocked shots and collected two steals in the contest, one in the final seven seconds of the game with just a two-point lead.
• Tyra Smith tied her season-high, handing out eight assists against Kennesaw State Feb. 16 and gave out six assists against LU Feb. 4. Smith is currently fourth in the A-Sun, dishing out 3.9 helpers a contest. She ranks 117th in the nation in assists per game.
• Tee'Ara Copney paces Upstate this season, averaging 12.9 points per game to rank seventh in the A-Sun. She posted a game-best 20 points against KSU Feb. 16, marking her seventh 20-point outing this season. After setting the Upstate career record in steals earlier this season, Copney is second in the A-Sun in steals per game, averaging 2.5 a contest. She ranks 103rd in the NCAA statistics.
• The Spartans are third in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 42.4 percent from the floor, while ranking 55th in the NCAA stats. Upstate is third in the A-Sun in free throw percentage with a 72.9 mark to rank 64th in the nation. The Spartans are fourth in the league in defensive rebounds, snagging 25.4 defensive boards per game.
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