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MACON, Ga. – After averaging a double-double in two contests this week, freshman center Brittany Starling (Sumter, S.C.) of the USC Upstate women's basketball team was tabbed the Atlantic Sun Conference Newcomer of the Week as announced by the league office Tuesday.
This marks Starling's second such conference honor as she was named Newcomer of the Week Jan. 29. She averaged a double-dip on the week, pacing the Spartans in both scoring and rebounding with 15.5 points per game and 11.5 boards a contest. Starling shot a combined 63.6 percent from the floor, connecting 14-of-22 attempts.
"This honor is a compliment to the entire team," said Upstate Head Coach Tammy George. "Her teammates are doing a great job of getting her the ball and Brittany is attacking and finishing. Brittany, along with our other young players, continues to grow with each game. This is a well-deserved honor."
The rookie helped the Spartans to a 57-48 win over Kennesaw State Saturday, posting 14 points and a team-best nine rebounds. She was a huge factor in Upstate's near upset of Mercer, who is second in the A-Sun standings, Monday night, notching her fourth double-double of the season with a team-leading 17 points and 14 boards.
Starling was 7-for-10 from the floor against the Bears, pushing her league-leading field goal percentage to .540. The Mercer contest marked the rookie's fourth-straight double-digit scoring effort. Starling has scored double figures in six of the last seven outings and eight of the last 10, including a nine point effort against Lipscomb Feb. 4.
The center has posted a team-high in either points and/or rebounds for 11-straight games for the Spartans. She continues to be the best among A-Sun freshmen in league play, ranking eighth in scoring with 11.7 points per game and seventh on the boards with 7.5 rebounds an outing.
Starling and the rest of the Spartans return to action Saturday, Feb. 23, traveling to North Florida for a 2 p.m. tip-off. Follow Upstate women's basketball this season on your mobile device, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.