Upstate Returns Home for Non-Conference Battle with Longwood
Spartanburg, S.C. - USC Upstate returns home after its two-game road trip to Jacksonville, Fla., to take on non-conference foe Longwood Wednesday night at 7:00 in the Hodge Center. Upstate will look to end its three-game losing streak, having last picked up a win on the road at Mercer on Jan. 5. Longwood also enters the game with a three-game losing streak. Upstate holds a 7-3 lead in the all-time series, though the teams have met just once since the 1994-95 season. The Spartans took a 71-59 win last year in Farmville, Va.
Upstate enters the game with a 7-8 record. The Spartans have dropped their last three games, including a loss at home to Stetson on Jan. 8. Upstate last picked up a home win on Dec. 18 against Radford. Longwood enters the game with a 3-12 record, having last picked up a win against William & Mary on Dec. 29.
Fans can follow the action live online in a variety of ways. Live audio and live statistical updates will be available for free through the official Upstate Athletics website at www.upstatespartans.com. Live video will also be available for a fee on the website on ASun.TV.
Looking Back At Jacksonville
Kyana Jacobs earned her first career double-double, but Upstate fell victim to a string of three-pointers in the second half and took an 87-75 loss at Jacksonville Monday night. The loss was the third-straight for the Spartans, all of which have come in the A-Sun. Jacobs finished the game with 12 points and 10 assists to lead Upstate. The 10 assists ties teammate Tee'Ara Copney for the top effort this season and ties an Upstate Division I era record. Upstate and Jacksonville traded the lead off and on in the first half until the teams went into the intermission ties at 38 apiece. With the teams jockeying for position in the second half, Jacksonville nailed three three-pointers in a two-minute span to build a nine-point lead and didn't look back. Upstate got within four points, but couldn't close the gap further. Copney led all scorers with 24 points on the night. Chelsea McMillan had her string of six-straight double-doubles snapped, but finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.
First year head coach Bill Reinson brings Longwood into the Hodge Center Wednesday night with a 3-12 record. The Lancers are playing as an independent after making the transition to Division I without conference affiliation.
Longwood, like Upstate, enters Wednesday's game on a three-game losing streak. The Lancers dropped games to Morehead State, Cornell and Liberty in the last three games. They last saw the victory column with an 82-77 win over William & Mary.
Longwood opened up the season with a 71-48 victory over A-Sun member Campbell. The Lancers also picked up a win over Wright State.
Longwood averages right at 64 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 71 points per outing. The Lancers shoot 38 percent from the floor, right at 31 percent from the three-point arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. Opponents shoot 40 percent from the field and right at 33 percent from the arc.
Longwood gets out-rebounded by nearly nine rebounds per game, but has turned the ball over less than its opponents.
Brittanni Billups leads Longwood in scoring, averaging 12.2 points per game. She also tops the club with 6.7 rebounds per game and 15 blocks. Chelsea Coward ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.2 ppg. Mina Jovanovic leads the Lancers with 40 assists and ranks fourth in scoring at 7.3 ppg.
Jacobs Notches First Career Double-Double
Freshman Kyana Jacobs has made steady progress learning to play the point guard position on the college level. On Monday in Jacksonville, she put it together and recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. The 10 assists is tied with Tee'Ara Copney (at Indiana State) for the single-game school record during the Division I era.
McMillan Tops 1,000 Career Points
Senior post player Chelsea McMillan has reached career scoring milestones of 800 and 900 points this season. With a career-high 34 points at North Florida (Jan. 15), she not only reached 1,000 points, she surpassed it. She started her collegiate career at Santa Fe Community College before transferring to Upstate as a sophomore. She is the 13th person in the history of the program to achieve the mark.
Wallace Second on All-Time Three-Point List, Eyes All-Time Mark
Junior sharpshooter Kendra Wallace not only surpassed second place on Upstate's all-time three-point record, she is eyeing the top spot. She currently has 155 career three-pointers for second place on the all-time list. The top spot is owned by Stephanie Feyes (2001-05). The Columbus, Ohio, native made 169 in her four-year career at Upstate. Wallace is just 14 away from the all-time mark.
McMillan Tops 700 Career Rebounds
With 17 rebounds at North Florida (Jan. 15), senior Chelsea McMillan reached yet another statistical milestone, 700 in her career. She currently has 708 rebounds in her two and a half years in the program. She ranks fifth all-time at Upstate, 76 away from fourth on the all-time list. Yakeeshia Ross owns the top mark with 991 in her brilliant four-year career from 2002-06.
McMillan Tops A-Sun in Scoring and Rebounds
Upstate senior post player Chelsea McMillan received high praise by the A-Sun coaches when she was named the league's preseason player of the year. She is certainly living up to the hype by leading the conference in both scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (11.4 rpg). She ranks second with 1.9 blocks per game. As a junior, she finished the 2009-10 season ranked fifth in scoring at 14.2 points per game and second in rebounding at 10.8 rebounds per outing en route to earning A-Sun First Team All-Conference honors.
Upstate Among A-Sun's Statistical Leaders
WIth Chelsea McMillan topping the A-Sun in scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (11.4 rpg), the Spartans are well represented on the conference's statistical ranking lists. Upstate players rank eight times in the top five in several statistical categories. As a team, Upstate leads the A-Sun with 10.5 steals per game and is second in scoring (71.7 ppg).
McMillan a Double-Double Machine
Chelsea McMillan holds Upstate's record for the most double-doubles in Upstate's Division I history. She has posted double dips 30 times in her three years in the program. After posting six as a sophomore in 2008-09, she tallied 16 last season, recording a double-double in more than half of the games last season. She started the 2010-11 season with a bang, going for 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds at Mississippi State (Nov. 12). She now has eight double dips this season and had her string of six-straight double-doubles snapped at Jacksonville (Jan. 17).
Scary Moment for Webb
Freshman Madisen Webb experienced a scary moment at North Florida (Jan. 15) when she fell hard to the floor while defending the post. She hit her head, resulting in a loss of consciousness and feeling in her arms. She came to and regained feeling, but was taken off the court on a stretcher and transported to a hospital. She was released later that night after being diagnosed with a concussion. She is out for tonight's game.