SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Despite trailing by one at half time, the USC Upstate women's basketball team (0-1) opening the 2011-12 season, dropping a 75-57 decision to North Greenville (1-0) tonight at the Hodge Center.
The Spartans kept it close in the first half, shooting 41.4 percent from the floor. Upstate headed into the locker room down 32-31. However, the Spartans' shooting hit a cold spot as the Crusaders heated up in the second half. Upstate shot 21.2 percent in the second stanza, while North Greenville was 50 percent from the floor.
Sophomore Kim Roach (Columbia, S.C.) led the Spartans offensively with 18 points, going a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. She also snagged six rebounds, while junior Tee'Ara Copney (Asheville, N.C.) posted 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds for the night.
Upstate junior Tyra Smith (Lawrenceville, Ga.) also registered double-digits with 10 points, while grabbing five boards and collecting four steals. Junior Erin Pinkett (Cambridge, Md.) contributed six points off of two three-pointers for Upstate.
North Greenville was led by a quartet of players, scoring in double-digits. Christina Carlis tallied a game-high 27 points, while Krisceda Cotton helped with 12 points. Karly Stache and Erin Gray added 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Crusaders.
Cotton recorded a game-high eight rebounds on the night for North Greenville, followed by Gray and Coutrney Friddle with six boards each. Defensively, Carlis and Raven Wamer each collected five steals for the Crusaders.
The Crusaders won the battle of the boards, snagging 45 rebounds compared to Upstate's 34. North Greenville registered 30 points in the paint, while the Spartans put up 24 points in the paint. The Spartans sent the Crusaders to the charity stripe 30 times as North Greenville went 24-for-34 from the line, compared to Upstate's 14-for-15 mark. The Spartans committed 22 team fouls and 29 turnovers, while the Crusaders had 13 team fouls and turned the ball over 26 times.