SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Junior Cheyenne Parker had 22 points and 21 rebounds and redshirt-sophomore Stacia Robertson scored 23 points to lead the High Point University women’s basketball team to a 77-67 win over USC Upstate.
“It was good to play again after finals week,” said head coach DeUnna Hendrix. “We came out with a lot of fire. They let Stacia shoot from the outside and she had a huge night. When she is successful with her outside shot it frees her and Cheyenne both up in the paint. Cheyenne continues to amaze. She is getting better every day.”
Parker added six blocks and five steals to her 22 points and game-high 21 rebounds. Roberton’s 23 points was a career-high for the forward. She also had five steals. Junior Tayler Tremblay added 14 points and five rebounds.
Tee’ara Copney led USC Upstate with 22 points and five rebounds and Hannah Ohl added 17 points on 5-8 shooting from three-point range. Upstate shot 9-16 from three as a team.
The Panthers improve to 5-5 on the season while USC Upstate drops to 4-6.
High Point stormed out to a 17-point lead, 19-2, in the first seven minutes. The Panthers kept up the offensive pressure, pushing the lead 23-9 on a layup by Parker with 8:35 left in the first half. The Spartans went on a 7-0 run capped off by a three-pointer from Tee’Ara Copney to make it a 23-16 High Point lead.
Hannah Ohl drained a three to bring USC Upstate within three, 27-24, with 4:22 left in the half. It was the smallest lead of the half for HPU. Robertson pushed the lead back to six with her second three-pointer of the season. Jazmin Cromartie hit a pair of free throws and Tremblay finished the half with a jumper to send High Point to the locker room with a 34-26 lead.
The game stayed close at the beginning of the second half. Ohl hit another three with 13:21 on the clock to make High Point’s lead 49-40. The Panthers went on a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 18, 58-40 with 11:30 left in the half. Robertson got the run started with a jumper and came up with the steal on the defensive end and turned it in to a fast-break layup. After redshirt-sophomore Lindsay Puckett drained a three, Robertson collected another steal and layup to make the score 58-40.
Three-point shooting kept USC Upstate in the game but the Panthers held on to win 71-62.
Puckett finished the game with eight points and nine rebounds.
The Panthers begin Big South Conference play on Tuesday against Winthrop. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, S.C. The Panthers are 21-15 against Winthrop all-time and have wont the last five meetings.