Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team returns to action Saturday afternoon as it completes a three-game home stand against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers at 4:30 p.m. from the Hodge Center.
The Spartans enter the contest 11-11 overall and 6-5 in the league, while the Buccaneers are 7-15 on the season and 3-8 in conference play.
Upstate began its five-game winning streak, which came to an end last week against Stetson, with a last-second 63-62 victory at East Tennessee State on Jan. 19. The Spartans rallied from 11 points down in the game's final eight minutes to defeat the Buccaneers after Alex Stanford scored the game-winner on her layup with two seconds left. Brittany Clency recorded a game-high 14 points for Upstate, while Stanford and Sharmayne Edwards each had 11.
The Spartans currently rank seventh in the Atlantic Sun in scoring offense (64.0) and scoring defense (70.5).
Clency leads the Upstate offense this season with 11.0 points per game and ranks eighth in the conference in assists with 54 (2.6 per game). Starling also averages in double-figures with 10.6 points per game while leading the team in rebounding at 7.5 per contest. She is fourth in the A-Sun in offensive rebounds, seventh in rebounding and field-goal percentage, and 10th in defensive rebounds. Stanford is eighth in field-goal percentage and Shelby Hicks ranks sixth in blocked shots.
East Tennessee State is averaging 66.7 points per game while allowing opponents to 72.7 per contest. The Buccaneers are led offensively by Cara Bowling with 12.2 points per game. She is one of four ETSU players averaging in double-digits along with Brianna McQueen (11.6), Maria Bond (10.1) and Serena Clark (10.1).
The Buccaneers lead the all-time series over Upstate 7-6, but have lost the last four meetings including the matchup last month in Johnson City. Upstate defeated East Tennessee State 90-79 last season in Spartanburg.
The Spartans head to the state of Georgia for two games next week beginning on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. against Mercer.
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