GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Alex Stanford scored a career high 19 points and USC Upstate overcame a seven-point second half deficit to claim a 65-55 victory over Furman in women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena.
Stanford, a 5-foot-6 sophomore, connected on 8-of-13 shots, mostly off dribble penetration, and 3-of-5 free throws to help the Spartans (5-6) halt a four-game series losing skid to the Paladins (6-6).
She was followed in the scoring column by Brittany Clency with 17 points and Raven Jefferson with 10 points.
Furman placed three players in double figures, led by Sarah Durdaller's 15 points. Holli Wilkins added 12, as did Brittany Hodges, who played just 18 minutes before fouling out. Durdaller led all rebounders with 12 caroms, and Hodges collected 10 rebounds for the Paladins, who posted a 47-39 advantage on the boards but were hurt by 20 turnovers.
The Paladins trailed 31-26 at intermission but used a strong second half start to grab a 34-33 lead following a Hodges layup less than three minutes into the second period.
Leading 40-39, Furman got a basket and two free throws from Durdaller and a Whitney Bunn layup to go up 46-39 with just under 12 minutes remaining. It wouldn't last, however, as the Spartans fashioned a 10-2 spurt over the next six minutes to grab a 51-50 lead following a Stanford layup with 6:01 left.
Trailing 55-53 with four minutes remaining, Furman missed four straight free throws while USC Upstate used a Brittany Starling free throw and basket by Clency to go up, 58-53, at the 3:08 juncture and secured the decision at the free throw line.
The Spartans shot 39.1 percent from the field, making good on 25-of-64 shots. Furman, meanwhile, finished with a 36.4 percent shooting mark, draining 20-of-55 attempts but a season low 1-of-13 from 3-point range, well below their 35.2 percent season average from beyond the arc.
The Paladins return to action on Dec. 29 at Charlotte in a 4:00 p.m. game.