High Point, N.C. – Brittany Starling and Sharmayne Edwards scored 19 points each for USC Upstate Wednesday evening, but High Point recorded the game's final five points en route to a 75-69 victory over the Spartans in non-conference action at the Millis Center.
Upstate falls to 2-1 on the season while the Panthers improve to 2-1 overall.
For the second straight game, Starling finished just one rebound shy of a double-double as she pulled down nine in the contest. Edwards contributed six rebounds and Alex Stanford posted her third straight double-digit scoring performance with 10 points.
The Spartans overcame an 11-point deficit with 12:26 left in the second half to trail by just one, 70-69, with just over one minute remaining. Upstate had several chances at the go-ahead basket in the final minute, but could not register any points as Tayler Tremblay made five free-throws during that stretch to give High Point the six-point victory.
Teddy Vincent's three-pointer as time expired gave the Panthers a 43-40 lead heading into intermission. The first half went back-and-forth as it featured seven ties as the Spartans shot 37.1% (13-of-35), and enjoyed success at the charity stripe going 12-of-15 for an 80% clip. High Point was 17-of-31 (54.8) from the field.
Upstate raced out to a 7-2 lead over the first 3:18 of the game. The Panthers answered with a 7-2 run of their own to tie the contest 9-9 capped off by Kaylah Keys' three-pointer with 14:07 left. High Point would stretch its lead out to 21-16 on DeAnneisha Jackson's layup until the Spartans fought back to 21-21 after a three-point play by Starling. Upstate led by as many as eight twice over the final 5:03 as Stanford's layup put them in front 37-29 with 4:24 remaining. The Panthers ended the half on a 14-3 run to go into the locker room up by three.
Starling quickly gave the Spartans a one-point advantage, 44-43, two minutes into the second half on consecutive baskets. High Point countered with a layup by Stacia Robertson and Lindsay Puckett's three-pointer to go in front 50-44. The Panthers stretched their lead to 10 on Tremblay's jumper, and then posted the largest lead of the game at 11, 58-47, on Latrice Phelps' free throw.
Upstate trimmed High Point's lead to five with 4:57 left, and stayed within that margin for the remainder of the game. Edwards made it a one-point contest, 70-69, at the 1:14 mark before Tremblay went to the charity stripe.
The Spartans finished the game shooting 35.5% (22-of-62) from the field and was 22-of-26 (84.6%) at the free-throw line. The Panthers shot 45.2% overall (28-of-62).
Upstate's bench held a 30-23 advantage over High Point and 6-4 in fast break points. The Panthers led 43-39 in total rebounds.
The Spartans return to action Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. when they face second-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Follow Upstate women's basketball on your mobile device, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.