January 25, 2009

USC Upstate Comes from Behind to Clip Women's Basketball, 69-61

SPARTANBURG, S.C.-USC Upstate erased a 57-53 deficit at the 3:59 mark, ending the game on a 16-4 run to down Campbell 69-61 in Atlantic Sun women's basketball action Saturday afternoon inside the Hodge Center.

Campbell falls to 9-10 overall with a 2-8 league record while the Spartans move to 9-8 and 4-5 in A-Sun play.

With 3:59 to play, the Lady Camels owned a four point lead, but by the 2:31 mark, Campbell clinged on to a 57-56 advantage. After a Campbell foul, junior guard Courtney Hawkins drained a pair of free throws to give USC Upstate their first lead in over 10 minutes.

Each team was limited to just one field goal a piece over the final minutes, but the Spartans owned an 11-for-12 clip from the line, compared to just a 2-for-2 showing by the Lady Camels to give the Spartans the 69-61 victory.

Junior forward Geami Britt led the Lady Camels with a season-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, adding five rebounds and a pair of assists. Sophomore forward Lauren Yesh registered 14 points and seven boards, while senior guard Jessica Mack chipped in nine points.

Junior center Ashley Williamson led the Lady Camels on the glass with 10 rebounds, contributing seven points, largely due to a 5-of-6 ratio from the free throw line.

For USC Upstate, sophomore forward Chelsea McMillan paced three Spartans in double figures with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard Courtney Hawkins recorded 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Freshman guard Kendra Wallace added 14 points in the win, draining 4-of-7 from distance.

Britt nailed seven of her nine first-half shots, tallying 15 points, three shy of her season-high. After nearly a three minute period without a basket, Britt came off the bench to drill the Lady Camels' first six points, and 15 of the squad's first 23. Yesh added four points and three rebounds in the opening stanza.

McMillan led the way for USC Upstate, posting 11 points that included a 5-for-5 performance from the charity stripe. Wallace recorded six points in the first-half, all from behind the three-point arc, pushing the Spartans to a 29-28 first-half advantage.

Campbell will remain on the road for its next pair of contests, heading to Georgia next weekend for tilts with Kennesaw State and Mercer.