Thursday, March 07, 2013
MACON, Ga. - The showdown of the fourth and fifth seeded teams proved to be a battle with North Florida coming out on top, 50-48, vs. USC Upstate in Thursday's final Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball Championship Quarterfinal.
With ten lead changes and seven moments in which the game was tied, UNF pulled through in the closing minutes to advance to the semifinals for the first time since the 2010 when they made it to the championship final as a seven seed.
The Ospreys' Fabiola Josil hit a clutch three-point shot with 49 seconds left in the game to give UNF a three-point advantage.
North Florida's newcomer Ki Conner finished with a team-high 13 points, hitting four shots from behind the arc.
UNF's Jadhken Kerr contributed 8 points, seven rebounds and a game-high three steals
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The Spartans' Brittany Starling, an all-freshman team member, collected a double-double to lead all players in scoring (19) and rebounding (10).
Upstate concludes the season with a 12-18 record, with senior Tee'Ara Copney closing her career with the Spartans with 1,635 career points which ranks No. 13 in the A-Sun record books.
UNF's Head Coach Mary Tappmeyer collected her 296th win with the Ospreys with tonight's victory. The Osprey are currently hold a 12-18 record this season.
The Ospreys will continue on to play No.1 FGCU in the semifinal on Friday at noon. The Eagles and the North Florida contest can be watched on CSS.