RADFORD, Va. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team played a tough and competitive game against the No. 1 team in the Big South on Saturday afternoon but came up just short with 55-43 loss to Radford University.
With the loss the Spartans drop to 7-20 overall and 3-13 in conference play. Meanwhile, Radford improve to 21-6 overall and 15-1 in Big South Conference play.
A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS
- Radford has now won three consecutive games against USC Upstate and remains undefeated at home against the Spartans.
- Over the past nine games the Spartans have had at least one quarter of single digit scoring.
- The two teams combined to go 4-43 from beyond the three point arch in the game.
- Natalia Panufnik led the Spartans with a career high 12 points in the loss on Saturday afternoon.
- This is the second consecutive game in which the Spartans have only had one player reach double digits in the scoring column.
- USC Upstate forced 18 Radford turnovers and scored 15 points off of the Highlanders miscues.
- The Spartans shot 28 percent from the field, 9 percent from beyond the arch and 87 percent at the free throw line.
- Radford had three players end the game in double figures, while they shot 39 percent from the field, 9 percent from the three-point arch and 90 percent from the free throw line.
FIRST QUARTER BREAKDOWN
- DeNisha Swain began the game with blocked shot against Alexis Jackson. Moments later Swain nailed a three-pointer off an Anda Kuzmina steal to give the Spartans a 3-0 advantage.
- The Spartans held a 3-0 advantage until the 6:57 mark of the opening quarter. Radford's Destinee Walker made a layup to cut the Spartans lead to one.
- Lydia Rivers gave the Highlanders their first lead of the contest at 6:02 of the first quarter.
- Moments later Kuzmina and Riley Popplewell made back-to-back baskets for the Spartans and USC Upstate held a 7-4 lead.
- A Rylie Parkhurst three-pointer gave the Spartans 10-4 advantage heading into the media timeout.
- The Highlanders ended the opening frame on an 8-2 run and took a 13-12 lead going into the second quarter of action.
- USC Upstate shot a game high 41 percent in the opening stanza.
SECOND QUARTER BREAKDOWN
- Panufnik scored the first four points of the second quarter and gave the Spartans a 16-13 lead with 9:05 to play in the first half.
- With 7:14 to play in the quarter the two squads were tied at 18, until Sydney Nunley made the go ahead layup for the Highlanders.
- For nearly two minutes Radford held on to a 20-18 advantage. At the 5:14 mark of the half, Poplewell made the game tying layup.
- Once again, Radford ended the quarter on a 7-2 run and took a 27-22 lead into the halftime break.
THIRD QUARTER BREAKDOWN
- USC Upstate began the third quarter on a 6-0 run and took a 28-27 lead over the Highlanders with 7:27 to play.
- After a quick timeout by the Highlanders the Spartans offense went ice cold. Radford ended the quarter on a 14-2 run.
- The Spartan offense made just one basket over the final 7:27 of the third period.
FOURTH QUARTER BREAKDOWN
- Neither team scored the first 2:20 of the fourth quarter. Panufnik ended the Spartans scoring drought with a basket at the 8:35 mark of the period.
- USC Upstate called a timeout trailing 47-32 with 6:35 remaining on the clock. The Spartans then slowly began to dwindle the Highlanders lead.
- Panufnik nailed a pair of free throws with 4:21 to go in the game and pulled USC Upstate within nine points of Radford.
- The Highlanders were able to convert on their free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win against the Spartans.
- The Spartans return to the G.B. Hodge Center this Wednesday night to face the Campbell Camels. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
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