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Rose lands second Big South honor

Rachael Rose became the first University of South Carolina Upstate women’s basketball player to earn more than one Big South weekly honor when she was named Freshman of the Week Monday, giving her that award for the second time in three weeks.

USC Upstate joined the Big South in 2018.

Rose scored 32 points, grabbed 10 rebounds shot 58 percent from the floor and made half her 3-point attempts in a pair of wins during the week that ended Sunday.

The guard from Scranton Prep and the NEPA Elite Clark 17U team shared the team scoring lead in both games, scoring 17 in an overtime victory over Western Carolina and 15 against North Carolina-Greensboro.

Rose played 43 of 45 minutes in the overtime game and never left the floor in the victory over UNC-Greensboro.

The 5-foot-7 freshman scored more than half her team’s third-quarter points in each game, scoring nine against Western Carolina and 12 against UNC-Greensboro.

Rose had two steals in each game, giving her at least two in six of seven games for the Spartans (5-2).

On the season, Rose is averaging 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists. She is shooting 50.8 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 80.0 percent from the line.

After dishing out just 7 assists in the first 4 games, Rose has 15 in the last 3.

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