November 13, 2013

Spartans Travel to High Point, #2 Duke in Back-to-Back Midweek Games

High Point Game Notes

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team hits the road for two straight road contests this week as it takes on the High Point Panthers and second-ranked Duke  Blue Devils in non-conference action.

Upstate will tip off against the Panthers at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening and 6:30 p.m. Thursday with the Blue Devils.

The Spartans head into the week with a 2-0 record after wins at Maryland Eastern Shore and against Converse. Upstate opened its season with an 87-83 road victory Friday at UMES and cruised past Converse 75-36 Sunday in its home opener. The Spartans are currently in a stretch where they will play seven of their next nine games on the road.

Upstate is 2-0 to start a season for the first time since 2009-10. The Spartans opened that season with victories over North Greenville and Longwood.

The start of the 2013-14 season has been a good one for Upstate on both sides of the ball. The Spartan offense currently leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in scoring at 81 points per game, as well as scoring margin and field goal percentage. The Upstate defense is first in the league in field goal percentage defense and steals, and is second in scoring defense giving up an average of 59.5 points per game.

In the Spartans home opener Sunday afternoon, Brittany Starling scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting; she scored 18 of her 22 points in the first half playing in just 10 minutes of action. Shelby Hicks also set a new career-high with 12 rebounds, eclipsing her previous career-best of 10. She leads the team with 10.5 rebounds per game.

High Point is currently 1-1 on the season after falling on the road to Virginia Monday night. The Panthers are led by second-year head coach DeUnna Hendrix. The all-time series between Upstate and High Point is tied 1-1. The Spartans won the first meeting 90-61 in High Point on Nov. 20, 1990. The Panthers were victorious in the last meeting 77-67 in Spartanburg on Dec. 16, 2012.

Duke comes in ranked second nationally in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils are 1-0 after defeating ninth-ranked California on the road 70-59 on Sunday. Duke is led by seventh-year head coach Joanne P. McCallie. The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 1-0 after defeating Upstate 93-35 in Durham on Dec. 11, 2011.

The Spartans return to the Hodge Center for the first of two straight games Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. against College of Charleston.

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