Spartans Set to Take Flight Against Eagles Monday

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Contact: Katie Parker, kparker@uscupstate.edu

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team (5-10-1-3 A-Sun) hosts Florida Gulf Coast (12-5, 5-0 A-Sun) for a 7 p.m. Atlantic Sun Conference contest Monday inside the Hodge Center.  

SCOUTING FGCU

This will be the 10th meeting between Upstate and Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles hold a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series. However, the series is tied 2-2 when FGCU and the Spartans have faced off inside the Hodge Center.

The Eagles are at the top of the Atlantic Sun Conference standings along with Stetson as both teams are 5-0 in conference play. FGCU is currently enjoying at six-game winning-streak with its last loss coming at home Dec. 22 against UCF with a 60-53 decision. The Eagles have also won 23-straight A-Sun games.

On the season, Sarah Hansen leads FGCU in both scoring and rebounding averaging, 17.1 points per game and 7.8 boards an outing. She ranks second in the league statistics in scoring average and fifth in rebounding. Brittany Kennedy is second on the team in both categories, putting up 10.7 points a game and grabbing 5.9 rebounds per contest. Kennedy is second in the A-Sun in assists, handing out 6.0 per outing. Joyce Iamstrong rounds out the double-figure averages for the Eagles, recording 10.0 points per game.

Known for its three-point shooting ability, FGCU set an NCAA Division I record in treys made in a single game at ETSU Saturday with 22 buckets from long distance. The Eagles pace the A-Sun in triples, averaging 8.8 per game as Betsy Adams leads the team, ranking second on the league with 2.1 threes a contest.

The Eagles defeated ETSU 97-60 in Johnson City, Tenn. Saturday as Adams posted a career-high 25 points. She netted seven baskets from behind the arc, while Iamstrong was a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range to tally 12 points. Anthi Chatzigiakoumi posted 15 points in the contest with three made three-pointers, while Hansen posted 12 points and pulled down a team-best six rebounds.

SPARTAN QUICK HITS

• Upstate looks to gain the series advantage against FGCU in the Hodge Center as the two programs are knotted up at two wins apiece here in Spartanburg, S.C.

• The Spartans fell to 3-4 inside the Hodge Center this season after dropping an 84-66 decision to Stetson Saturday.

• Two young Spartans had breakout performances against the Hatters Saturday. Freshman Brittany Clency paced Upstate with a season-best 14 points, netting a career-high four field goals and going 6-for-8 from the charity stripe. Redshirt freshman Maddie Herr tallied a career-best 10 points, draining two three-pointers against the Hatters. She was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line. Herr also collected a career-best six rebounds.

• Senior Tee'Ara Copney kept her double-figure scoring streak alive, recording 11 points against SU to reach double-digits for the eighth-straight game and 11th time this season. During her current streak, she tallied a season-high 23 points at Lipscomb Jan. 7. Her longest double-digit streak was 10 games, during the last two games of the 2010-11 season and the opening eight contests of the 2011-12 campaign.

• Freshman Tweety Hawkins posted back-to-back double-digit outings over a pair of road losses last week, including a season-high 15 points at Lipscomb Jan. 7.

• The Spartans rank third in the A-Sun in free throw percentage, shooting 73.6 percent from the charity stripe. Upstate also ranks 62nd in the most recent NCAA national statistical rankings. Senior Tyra Smith is third in the A-Sun with an 81.6 free throw percentage, connecting on 40-of-49 from the line. This is quite an improvement for her as she posted the sixth-best free throw percentage on the team last season with a 73.7 mark (85-of-114). Smith ranks 98th in the latest NCAA national statistical rankings. Copney leads the league at the charity stripe, going 32-for-34 from the line for 94.1 percent. She hasn't had enough trips to the line to be listed in the NCAA stats. 

• Upstate ranks second in the Atlantic Sun in defensive rebounds, snagging 27.2 defensive boards per game. The Spartans are third in the conference in field goal percent defense with their opponents shooting 38.2 percent.

• The Spartans are third in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 41.0 percent from the floor, while ranking 84th in the NCAA national statistical rankings.

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