SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team lost 75-67 to Gardner-Webb on Saturday afternoon inside the G.B. Hodge Center.
USC Upstate dropped to 7-22 overall on the season and 3-15 in Big South Conference competition. Meanwhile, Gardner-Webb improved to 16-14 overall and 10-8 in the Big South.
A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS:
- A trio of Spartans reached double figures in the game on Saturday afternoon. Riley Popplewell and Brianna Lewis each scored 15 points, while DeNisha Swain contributed 12 points in the loss.
- Gardner-Webb had four players end the contest in double digits. Ky'Asia Stanford led all scorers with 18 points, Carley Plentovich finished with 15 points, Neydja Petithomme added 11 points and Savannah Plentovich ended with 10 points in the game.
- For the second consecutive games the Spartans reached double figures in every quarter of the contest.
- Lewis and Popplewell tied for the team lead in rebounds with 6. Lewis led the team in assists with 7 on the night.
- Gardner-Webb won the battle in the paint 40-22 and scored 13 second chance points in the game.
- USC Upstate shot 43 percent from the field, 37 percent from three point range and 71 percent from the free throw line.
- Gardner-Webb shot an even 50 percent for the game, 28 percent from three point range and 65 percent from the free throw line.
- There were nine lead changes and the score was tied on four different occasions.
FIRST QUARTER BREAKDOWN:
- Natalia Panufnik scored the opening basket of the game for either side with 9:32 to go in the quarter.
- Gardner-Webb then went on a 6-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 6-2 advantage.
- The Spartans responded with a quick basket from Popplewell and moments later Camilla Kilinc gave USC Upstate a 7-6 lead off a three-pointer.
- The game remained tied at 10 from the 5:35 mark to the 3:11 mark of the first quarter.
- Savannah Plentovich ended the scoring in the first quarter with a three pointer at the 46 second mark of the quarter.
- Gardner-Webb took a 15-14 lead going into the second frame of action.
SECOND QUARTER BREAKDOWN:
- The two teams battled back-and-forth in the opening five minutes of the second quarter.
- At the 6:15 mark of the quarter Lewis made a break-away layup to bring the Spartans within a trio of points.
- The Bulldogs then went on a quick 5-0 spurt to take a 27-19 advantage over the Spartans.
- Gardner-Webb held a five point lead for the remainder of the half and took a 38-33 lead going into the halftime break.
- Lewis led the Spartans with 8 first half points, while Carly Plentovich and Ky'Asia Stanford each had 10 points in the first half.
THIRD QUARTER BREAKDOWN:
- The Bulldogs extended their lead to 42-33 in the opening moments of the third period and prompted USC Upstate to call an early timeout.
- The Spartans responded with a 6-0 run out of the timeout. A Brianna Lewis free throw brought USC Upstate within a trio of points at 42-39.
- Gardner-Webb then responded with a 6-0 run of their own to pull ahead 48-39 with 5:01 to go in the quarter.
- Moments later Swain nailed a three-pointer and Riley Popplewell made a layup and the Spartans were back within one of the Bulldogs.
- Gardner-Webb took back the lead moments later and held a 55-51 edge over USC Upstate, heading into the final quarter of play.
FOURTH QUARTER BREAKDOWN:
- USC Upstate came out firing in the fourth quarter as Popplewell scored the opening bucket of the quarter to bring the Spartans within two.
- Moments later Swain nailed a three-pointer and the Spartans had their first lead since the first quarter of the contest.
- Moments later the Bulldogs had taken back the lead and extended their advantage to 64-58 with 6:20 to go in the game.
- The game was essentially a free throw contest the rest of the way and Gardner-Webb converted down the stretch to win 75-67.
- The Spartans will travel down to Charleston Southern on Tuesday evening to play in the first round of the Big South Tournament.
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