Upstate Hosts Converse College in Home Opener Sunday
Converse Game Notes
Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team will entertain the Converse College Valkryies in its home opener at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon inside the Hodge Center.
The Spartans are coming off an 87-83 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore Friday night in their season opener. Upstate was led by three newcomers offensively highlighted by Sharmayne Edwards' game-high 24 points. She was one of three Spartans to score in double-figures along with Alex Stanford's 15 points and Raven Jefferson's 14. Shelby Hicks just missed a double-double as she finished with nine points and nine rebounds.
Upstate heads into the matchup with a 28-10 all-time record in home openers. The Spartans have won four of their last five openers at home including an 83-26 victory over St. Andrews last season.
Converse, who plays in Conference Carolinas, is under the direction of second-year head coach Kaye Waldrep. The Valkyries went 0-26 last season and 0-21 in conference play. Converse's roster is made up of two seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and eight freshmen.
The all-time series with the Valkyries began during the 1975-76 season. Upstate leads the all-time series over Converse 28-4 and 15-2 at home. The Spartans have won the last 17 meetings in the series dating back to 1989-90. The two teams last met on the hardwood in 2006-07 in which Upstate walked away with an 80-50 victory.
Fans will be able to follow the game online at upstatespartans.com with links to live stats and live video. The contest will also air on ESPN3.
The Spartans hit the road for back-to-back midweek games beginning Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. against the High Point Panthers.
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