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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Two double-doubles from Brittany Starling and Travonda Haddock powered the third-ranked USC Upstate Spartans to a 76-50 home, quarterfinal victory over the No. 6 seed North Florida Ospreys Friday night in Spartanburg, S.C.
The first half featured a number of runs from both teams as neither could find a consistent rhythm on offense. Newcomer of the Year Claire Ioannidis was the cog for North Florida, scoring 12 points in the first frame for the visitors, including a drive to the layup to end the half. Travonda Haddock and First Team All-Conference member Brittany Starling teamed up for the Spartans, scoring eight points apiece in the first 20.
The Spartans jumped out quickly in the third quarter, extending their lead to double-digits to lead by as many as 16 before the final stanza. Not to be outdone by her teammates, Raven Jefferson had a career-high night for USC Upstate with 23 points for the home squad. Haddock was a force on defense throughout the contest for the Spartans with several big-time blocks to stifle the UNF attack.
It was all USC Upstate to end the game as Starling finished the night with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Haddock chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Spartans featured an efficient offense, assisting on 22 of their 30 field goals.
The Green and White advance to take on the No. 2 seed Jacksonville Dolphins on Wednesday, March 9 in the River City.
USC Upstate vs. North Florida Quarterfinal Notes
- North Florida's Claire Ioannidis tied the North Florida single-season school record with 80 three-pointers on Friday. The junior guard added three long-bombs vs. USC Upstate.
- Friday's game was just the second-ever A-Sun Championship victory for the Spartans. USC Upstate notched its first victory in 2014 vs. ETSU.
- With 18 points and 10 rebounds against North Florida, Starling now owns 40 double-doubles in her career, with 18 this season.
- Ioannidis led the way for UNF with 21 points, while Sierra Shepherd added 10 with six boards.