Nov. 30, 2007
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - USC Upstate's women's basketball team will head to Georgia Southern for a noon showdown on Saturday, the second of a four-part road trip before the team gets to the Holiday break. The meeting will be the first between the two schools since 1999, when the Spartans lost to the Lady Eagles in Statesboro, 83-59.
The Spartans, who enter Saturday's game at 2-4, will get their first taste of competing against a Southern Conference team as a member of Division I. Sophomore Courtney Hawkins has led the team in the past five games, averaging 14.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. Freshman Oceana Jackson has been a welcome compliment to guard Hawkins, as the forward has averaged 12.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
The Lady Eagles, who enter the game at 2-5, have fallen in their last three efforts, dropping a 62-56 decision to Davidson on Thursday in their SoCon opener. Junior Ashley Melson led the Eagles, posting 24 points and seven rebounds in the game, adding three assists and three steals as well. Sophomore Jessica Geiger added nine points and three rebounds as well for the Eagles.
USC Upstate is 5-5 all-time on Dec. 1, beating Presbyterian in the last Dec. 1 game in 2004, 76-53.
Upstate is 25-39 all-time against Southern Conference opponents, with the last win against a SoCon opponent coming on Dec. 7, 1996 at Western Carolina, 74-61.
Upstate is 29-58 all-time on the road in the state of Georgia.
Sophomore Courtney Hawkins has averaged 16.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals over the last five games.
Junior Courtney Bradley is five 3-pointers shy of becoming the fourth Spartan in school history to reach 100 in her career.
Bradley is 19 points away from becoming the 30th player in school history to reach 500 career points.
Bradley is currently second in the Atlantic Sun, averaging 4.33 assists per game.
Both junior Ebony Johnson and sophomore Courtney Hawkins are one swipe from 50 in their careers.
Sophomore Shanea Wyant is three points shy of reaching 100 in her career.
Freshman Oceana Jackson is 23 points shy of becoming the 47th rookie to reach 100 points.