Fast Start Lifts Spartans to Victory at NJIT

Fast Start Lifts Spartans to Victory at NJIT

Box Score (.pdf)

Tammy George Postgame Interview

Newark, N.J. – The USC Upstate women's basketball team opened Saturday's game with a 21-7 run as the Spartans won their ASUN Conference opener for the third straight year with a 95-57 triumph over NJIT at the Wellness and Events Center.

Upstate improves to 6-10 overall and 1-0 in league play while NJIT drops to 2-14 and 0-1.

"This was a great team win!" head coach Tammy George said. "We had a balanced attack offensively and I'm really proud of the way the team started the game and we never looked back!"


  • The 95-point output is the most by Upstate in an ASUN Conference game. Upstate's previous high was 93 points against Lipscomb on Feb. 6, 2016.
  • A'Lexxus Davis and Riley Popplewell each tied their career-highs with 17 points to lead the Spartans.
  • Morgan Williams added 14 points with Anda Kuzmina contributing 13 points.
  • Davis and Brittney Delva each grabbed six rebounds.
  • Tatianna Torres and Kelly Guarino finished with 10 points each to lead NJIT.
  • The Spartans enjoyed a 39-29 edge in rebounds.
  • Upstate finished 39-for-58 (67.2 percent) from the field.
  • NJIT was 17-for-63 (27.0 percent) from the field.


  • A pair of Davis free throws followed by a layup gave the Spartans a 4-0 lead at the 8:39 mark.
  • Tamera Thorpe completed a three-point play with 5:49 remaining to give Upstate a 9-4 edge.
  • Kuzmina's jumper with just under four minutes to play gave Upstate a 13-6 lead. The Spartans closed the quarter on an 8-1 run to lead 21-7 after the first 10 minutes.


  • Popplewell's layup at the 7:45 mark pushed the Upstate edge to 25-9.
  • Kuzmina gave Upstate a 20-point edge, 34-14, with 4:41 left.
  • NJIT pulled within 15, 39-24, thanks to a pair of Amari Trueheart free throws.
  • Williams gave the Spartans their largest lead of the first half at 21 points on a layup with 48 seconds to play.
  • Trueheart scored the final points of the half as Upstate led 47-28 at halftime.
  • Upstate went 19-for-26 (73.1 percent) from the field in the first half.


  • A Kuzmina 3-pointer followed by a jumper gave the Spartans a 52-28 lead at the 7:54 mark.
  • Popplewell moved into double figures on her jumper with just over five minutes to play as Upstate led 58-32.
  • Upstate led 72-43 at the end of the quarter.


  • Davis eclipsed the 10-point mark on a layup 18 seconds into the period.
  • Upstate took an 82-48 lead on a Davis layup with just over six minutes left.
  • Diamon Shiflet's free throws with 21 seconds left were the final points scored by the Spartans.
  • The 39-point lead following Shiflet's free throws was the largest of the game for Upstate.
  • Dez Allen made the first of two free throws with seven seconds left for the game's final score.


  • Upstate travels to Stetson next Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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