A Tale of Two Halves for the USC Upstate Women’s Basketball Team

A Tale of Two Halves for the USC Upstate Women’s Basketball Team

CHARLESTON, S.C. – It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for the USC Upstate women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon as they fell 74-62 to Charleston Southern.

With the win Charleston Southern sweeps the season series for the first time this century. The Buccaneers improve to 8-14 overall and 5-6 in Big South play. Meanwhile, USC Upstate falls to 6-16 overall and 2-9 in Big South Conference competition.  

A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS

  • The Spartans outscored the Buccaneers 45-41 in the second half, after being outscored 33-16 in the opening half of play.
  • Senior guard DeNisha Swain led the Spartans in three different statistical categories, points (16), steals (7) and assists (7).
  • Brianna Lewis and Michaela Gibbons each contributed 11 points in the loss for the Spartans. Riley Popplewell led USC Upstate in rebounds with six.
  •  Breannah Bretches led the Buccaneers in points with 21, it was her second consecutive game scoring 20 or more points.
  • Rachel Burns and Shelby Wilbanks each added double digit scoring efforts in the victory for the Buccaneers.
  • Charleston Southern shot 51 percent from the field, 41 percent from three point range and 100 percent from the free throw line.
  • USC Upstate shot 37 percent from the field, 33 percent from beyond the three point arch and 67 percent from the free throw line.
  • The Spartans outrebounded the Buccaneers 37-32, forced 17 steals and scored 25 points off of Charleston Southern turnovers.

FIRST QUARTER BREAKDOWN

  • Jasmine Blackmon scored the first points of the contest from the free throw line in the opening 10 seconds of the quarter.
  • Popplewell knocked down a jumper in the paint to tie the game up and give the Spartans their first points of the game.
  • The two teams then traded baskets the remainder of the quarter, the Buccaneers lead never went higher than six points in the quarter.
  • Anda Kuzmina scored the Spartans final points of the quarter at the free throw line.

SECOND QUARTER BREAKDOWN

  • Ke'asia Jackson scored the Buccaneers first two field goals of the quarter and stretched the Charleston Southern lead to 11 points.
  • Rylie Parkhurst hit a three pointer with 7:20 to go in the half to give the Spartans their first basket of the quarter.
  • Gibbons three pointer at the 4:18 mark proved to be the final field goal of the half for the Spartans.
  • Charleston Southern ended the quarter on a 6-0 run and took a 33-17 lead into the halftime break.

THIRD QUARTER BREAKDOWN

  • Charleston Southern opened up the third quarter on a 4-0 run. The Spartans called an early timeout with 7:28 to go in the quarter down 39-17.
  • With 5:52 to go in the quarter DeNisha Swain made a layup that ended nearly a nine minute scoring drought that stretched back to the 4:18 mark of the second quarter.
  • The Buccaneers scored with 4:59 remaining in the quarter and USC Upstate head coach Tammy George used the Spartans final timeout of the game down 25 points.
  • The timeout ignited the USC Upstate offense as they went 5-of-7 down the third quarter stretch.
  • The Spartans shot 35 percent from the field and made six field goals in the quarter. USC Upstate had made six field goals total in the first half of Saturday's game.
  • The Buccaneers shot 75 percent from the field and scored 24 points in the third frame.  

FOURTH QUARTER BREAKDOWN

  • Riley Popplewell scored the first points of the fourth quarter for the Spartans with 9:57 to play.
  • The Spartans opened up the fourth quarter on an 11-4 run to cut the Buccaneers lead down to 20 points.
  • Charleston Southern was forced to call a timeout after a Bailey Wensler three pointer at the 4:50 mark of the final quarter.
  • Out of the timeout break the Spartans went 7-of-9 from the field and were outscoring Charleston Southern 21-15 with 1:18 to play.
  • USC Upstate ended the game on an 8-0 run and scored 29 points in the final quarter of play. The 29 fourth quarter points were the second most in a fourth quarter since the Spartans scored 30 against Furman earlier this season.
  • Charleston Southern did not score the final 4:20 of the game and shot 35 percent from the field in the final quarter of play.  

 NEXT UP

  • The Spartans will remain on the road and face Longwood on Tuesday evening. The contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off in Farmville, Va.

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