SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011
JU women fall to Upstate, 72-68
Chelsea McMillan scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead USC Upstate to a 72-68 win over Jacksonville at the Hodge Center on Saturday in Atlantic Sun Conference play.
McMillan scored 14 in the second half as Upstate (13-11, 9-6 A-Sun), joined by Kenda Wallace in double figures with 17 points.
The Spartans took advantage of JU’s 21 turnovers, cashing them in for 19 points. Topping that was Upstate’s teamwork as the Spartans had 21 assists on 27 baskets.
“We fell behind early in the second half and couldn’t make enough stops to come back,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn.
Leading by two at halftime, Upstate scored the first six points of the second half and eventually built a 53-41 lead on a Wallace 3-pointer with 10:54 left in the game.
Trailing by eight with 2:45 left, the Dolphins (11-13, 6-9 A-Sun) cut the lead to three, 67-64, with 52 seconds left on a pair of Maggie Wilson free throws.
Over those final 52 seconds, Upstate was strong at the free throw line as Tee’Ara Copney was 5-of-6 at the stripe to help the Spartans fight off JU’s comeback.
JU had four players score in double figures, with Lynsey Paschal scoring 13 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Wilson added 12 points while Gigi Thomas and Crystal Bell had 10 points each.
Upstate built an eight-point lead in the first half, but Jessica George’s 3-pointer with one second left cut the margin to two at the intermission, 33-31.
Lauren McRoberts had a game-high 11 rebounds for Upstate while Kyana Jacobs had eight assists as three Spartans had at least four assists.
The Dolphins wrap up their two-game road trip on Monday when they face East Tennessee State at 7 p.m.