The Lady Bisons, trailing 13-4 in the first half, used a 10-0 run to take a 14-13 lead. The rest of the half was a see-saw battle with the Lady Bisons prevailing 30-25 in the first 20 minutes.
The Lady Bisons remained in control until USC Upstate got its first lead of the second half, 39-38 on a free throw by forward Chelsea McMillan who was 10-of-10 from the charity stripe.
The Lady Bisons stayed close and twice pulled within two points in the final 2 ½ minutes.
With 2:29 left in the game sophomore guard Jenna Bartsokas scored a lay-up on a fast break to trim the USC Upstate lead to 51-49.
The Lady Bisons were back within two again, 56-54, with 18 seconds on the clock, when freshman forward Chelsea Burroughs dropped in a 3-pointer.
Sophomore forward Cree Nix led the way for the Lady Bisons with 17 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs. It was her third straight game to score in double figures. She is averaging 15.7 points per game in the last three games.
It was her second double-double of the season. She also had 12 points and 10 rebounds against Gardner-Webb Dec. 29. It also marked the third time she has finished in double figures in rebounds.
Burroughs chipped in with 12 points, her third double figure performance in the last four games.
Bartsokas added 10 points. She has scored in double figures in 13 of 16 games.
McMillan made the difference for Upstate scoring 31 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, both game highs.
The Lady Bisons, 4-12, 2-5, play at ETSU in Johnson City Saturday afternoon at 12:30. USC Upstate raised its record to 8-7, 3-4.