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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team (4-6) returns to action Saturday, hosting nearby Furman (3-7) at 4:30 p.m. inside the Hodge Center.
This will be the 12th meeting between Furman and Upstate and the first since 1985. The Paladins lead the all-time series against the Spartans 7-4, including a 5-1 mark in Greenville, S.C., while Upstate holds a 3-1 advantage in Spartanburg. Furman claimed the last contest between the two squads with an 81-47 win Jan. 2, 1985 in Greenville.
FU is 3-7 on the season with a 0-6 record on the road. The team is currently on a six-game losing-streak, dropping its most recent game 52-46 Dec. 20 at Marshall.
In the contest, the Paladins were led by Holli Wilkins with 12 points, while Brittany Hodges flirted with a double-double, recording nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Teshia Griswold added eight points, while Raegan Thompson put up five points and snagged six boards.
On the season, Sarah Durdaller paces Furman with 15.5 points per game; however she hasn't seen any action since the first four games of the season due to injury. Griswold is second on the team, averaging 13.7 points per contest. Hodges leads the Paladins on the boards, pulling down 6.8 rebounds a game, while scoring 7.7 points per outing.
SPARTAN QUICK HITS
• Upstate continues its four-game homestand, hosting Furman Saturday to close out its nonconference slate. The Spartans are 2-2 inside the Hodge Center this season, improving to 4-2 in home-openers since joining the Division-I ranks with a 83-26 win over St. Andrews Nov. 19.
• The matchup against Furman will be the second contest against a Southern Conference opponent for Upstate this season. The Spartans are 1-0 against SoCon members this season, holding on to a 51-48 victory at Western Carolina Nov. 27.
• Senior Tee'Ara Copney has posted double-figures in six contests this season, including three-straight outings. She recorded a season-high 22 points in Upstate's 77-67 loss to High Point Dec. 16. Copney has averaged 15-plus points per game over the last two seasons and currently is putting up 11.4 points a contest. The 22 points was the highest for a Spartan this season.
• Senior Hannah Ohl recorded a season-best 17 points against HPU, connecting on 5-of-8 from long distance. The five three-pointers were a career-high for Ohl and marked the first time an Upstate player has made five treys in a game since March 17, 2011 against Elon, when Copney netted six.
• The win over the Asheville marked the second time this season Upstate has erased a double-digit deficit as the Spartans picked-up their first win of the season at Norfolk State Nov. 15 with a 71-64 overtime win. Upstate trailed by as many as 14 points against UNC Asheville and by as many as 15 at NSU.
• Even though Upstate has played three nationally ranked teams, the Spartans currently lead the Atlantic Sun in field goal percent defense with their opponents shooting .362. The Spartans also lead the A-Sun in defensive rebounds, snagging 26.9 defensive boards per game.
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