The Stetson women's basketball team survived one the most physical games it has played this season in Thursday's 79-66 win at USC Upstate.
Midway through the first half, Jama Sharp took contact to face that resulted in a bloodied nose. Later in the half, Brianti Saunders was assisted off the court after a collision under the Spartans basket.
Both players were able to return.
In the second half, Myeisha Hall tumbled hard to floor after getting fouled on a lay-up attempt, but she stayed in the game.
"It was a very physical game on both ends, that's just how it was," Stetson head coach Lynn Bria said after the game. "They are very hard to play against, so to come in here and get a win (was) very fortunate."
Stetson also survived a Spartans' run that cut a 13-point second-half deficit down to two, but the Hatters responded with a 19-4 run of their own to break the game open.
"We fought through some adversity and stayed together," said Hall, who scored a season-high 14 points off the bench. "We didn't lose our heads. Jama played great. She kept the team together. Even though she got hurt, she came back, and she didn't let it change the way she was playing."
The Hatters will look to keep playing with the same type of fortitude on Saturday afternoon when they visit ETSU for 1:30 p.m. contest. Stetson (17-5, 9-1 A-Sun) will be shooting for its 10th consecutive win and a sweep of its four-game road swing.
The Buccaneers enter the game with a record of 7-14, 3-7 after falling 70-45 to FGCU on Thursday.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast on ASun.TV, while live stats, the Stetson women's basketball twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts will provide in-game updates as well.