Upstate Makes Short Trip to UNC Asheville on Saturday

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Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team hits the road for the third straight contest Saturday afternoon as it takes on the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at 2 p.m. inside Kimmel Arena.

The Spartans head into the contest with a 3-5 overall record while the Bulldogs are 4-3 on the season.

Upstate will be looking for its first win on the five-game road trip after dropping the first two at George Washington and Indiana. The matchup will be the only one for the Spartans this season against a team from the Big South Conference.

In the contest with Indiana, Brittany Clency and Maddie Herr led the Upstate offense with seven points apiece. Toni Romiti added six points off the bench while Brittany Starling had a team-high seven rebounds. Sharmayne Edwards and Valese McAllister also contributed five rebounds each.

Starling leads the Spartans offensively this season averaging 11.1 points per game while adding a team-best 7.1 rebounds per contest. Edwards is pouring in 10.3 points per game and Shelby Hicks is second on the team in rebounding with 5.6 per game.

The Bulldogs, who are led by second-year head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick, opened Big South play on Dec. 2 with a 61-46 win at Charleston Southern. Kirkpatrick is 6-31 in her two seasons with the program.

UNC Asheville is led on offense by Brittany Gwyn at 11.6 points per game. She is one of two players averaging in double-figures as Shonese Jones pours in 10.0 points per contest. Jeannie Buckner leads the team in rebounding pulling down 6.6 per game.

The Bulldogs lead the all-time series over Upstate 6-3 dating back to the 1975-76 campaign. UNC Asheville holds a 4-1 lead in the series when playing in Asheville. The Spartans have won the last two meetings in the series by scores of 54-52 in Spartanburg on Dec. 3, 2012 and 73-66 in Asheville on Nov. 30, 2011.

The Spartans head to Virginia Tech on Sunday, Dec. 15 for a 2 p.m. contest with the Hokies.

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