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DELAND, Fla. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team continues its Sunshine State tour, squaring off with Stetson Monday at 7 p.m. in Atlantic Sun Conference action.
This will be the 11th meeting between Stetson and Upstate. The Hatters have won the last two matchups and hold a 4-1 advantage against the Spartans at home in DeLand, Fla. Earlier this season, SU claimed an 84-66 victory inside the Hodge Center.
The Jan. 12 loss to Stetson came in the middle of a five-game skid for Upstate, which was snapped with a 61-52 win at Kennesaw State Jan. 21. The Hatters remain second in the A-Sun standings with a 10-2 mark in conference action and a 17-6 overall record. Upstate is 9-14 on the year and 5-7 in the league.
Victoria McGowan leads Stetson in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.7 points a game and 6.5 boards an outing, while Shanasa Sanders also averages 6.5 rebounds per game to go along with 13.1 points a contest. McGowan ranks second in the A-Sun in scoring average, while Sanders is sixth. Three other Eagles also rank in scoring in the conference stats as Sasha Sims is 15th (10.5 ppg), Jama Sharp is 21st (9.6 ppg) and Cherisse Burris is 25th (8.9 ppg).
McGowan is 10th in the A-Sun in rebounding, while Sanders ranks 11th. Starling leads Upstate with 5.8 boards a game to take 15th in the league. Starling tops the A-Sun in field goal percentage with .529, while McGowan is second with .493.
The Hatters lead the league in scoring offense, averaging 69.4 points per game, while the Spartans are sixth with 60.1 points a contest. Stetson is second in the A-Sun in scoring margin, beating opponents by an averaging 10.5 points, while Upstate is sixth with a -7.0 scoring margin. SU is second in the A-Sun with a 74.3 free throw percentage, while the Spartans are a close third with a 74.1 freebie percentage. The Hatters top the conference with a .439 field goal percentage, while Upstate is third with a .424 field goal percentage.
SPARTAN QUICK HITS
• Upstate closed out a four-game homestand Feb. 4, with a 78-62 victory over Lipscomb as head coach Tammy George tabbed her 100th win at Upstate in eight seasons. She became the winningest coach in program history during the 2010-11 season.
• The Spartans fell to 3-8 on the road Saturday, dropping a 72-49 decision at FGCU. Shelby Hicks posted a team-high 12 points, tying her season-best.
• Upstate snapped a five-game losing streak with a 61-52 win at Kennesaw State Jan. 21 and have not lost consecutive games since the five-game skid. The win at KSU sparked a three-game winning streak, which was halted with an 81-61 setback to Northern Kentucky Feb. 2.
• During the three-game win-streak, Upstate averaged 65.7 points a game and beat opponents by a margin of 13.3 points.
• Starling tallied 11 points and a team-best five rebounds at FGCU Saturday. She has really come alive for the Spartans as of late as the FGCU game marked the eighth-straight contest that the rookie has led Upstate in either points or rebounds. In the last six contests, Starling is averaging 13.3 points per game and snagging 9.5 rebounds an outing.
• Starling leads Upstate on the boards this season, pulling down 5.8 rebounds per game and is 15th in the A-Sun. She is second on the team for Upstate in scoring and leads all newcomers, averaging 9.4 points per game.
• Tyra Smith handed out a season-high eight assists in the Spartans' 64-52 win over UNF Jan. 28 and gave out six assists against LU Feb. 4. Smith is currently fourth in the A-Sun, dishing out 4.0 helpers a contest.
• In A-Sun only play, Hicks tops the league stats with a 55.8 field goal percentage, while Starling with second, shooting 54.3 percent from the floor. Starling tops the A-Sun in all games with a 52.9 field goal percentage.
• Copney paces Upstate this season, averaging 13.3 points per game to rank fifth in the A-Sun. She posted a team-high 21 points against LU Feb 4, marking her sixth 20-point outing this season.
• After setting the Upstate career record in steals earlier this season, Copney currently is second in the league in steals per game, averaging 2.5 a contest. She is 95th in the NCAA stats.
• Upstate tops the Atlantic Sun in defensive rebounds, snagging 26.2 defensive boards per game. The Spartans are third in the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 42.4 percent from the floor, while ranking 55th in the NCAA national statistical rankings. Upstate is third in the A-Sun in free throw percentage with a 74.1 mark to rank 32nd in the nation.
• The Spartans shot a staggering 58.1 percent from the floor against North Florida Jan. 28, marking the highest field goal percentage recorded by any team in the A-Sun this season.
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