Jan. 2, 2005
Clemson scored a season-high 48 points in the second half and erased a four-point halftime deficit to notch a 71-62 victory over Georgetown in the Lady Tigers’ final non-conference game before the start of ACC play. The win improved Clemson to 6-6 overall, while dropping the Hoyas to 5-6 overall.
Four Lady Tigers scored in double figures, led by D’Lesha Lloyd’s career-best 14 points. Lloyd, who started her first career game on Sunday against the Hoyas, also added seven rebounds. Tasha Phillips and Julie Talley also reached double figures, scoring 12 and 11, respectively. All of Talley’s points came in the second half.
For Georgetown, Kate Carlin came off the bench to score 19 points. She hit 5-7 from three-point range. Varda Tamoulianis added a double-double for the Hoyas with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Clemson faced a four-point deficit at halftime, 27-23. The Lady Tigers shot just 29.4 percent from the field in the first half, including 1-10 from beyond the arc. Clemson also committed 10 turnovers in the opening period. Amanda White had six points and three assists in the opening half for Clemson.
The Lady Tigers came out strong in the second half, putting together a 13-6 run in the first five minutes. Clemson got solid play on the inside from Maxienne White in the second half, as she scored six points to turn a one-point lead at 38-37 into a 44-37 lead. Phillips and Talley helped build the lead to as much as 15 with a pair of three-pointers midway through the half.
The Lady Tigers shot 54.5 percent from the floor in the second half, easily a team-high for the 2004-05 season. The 48 points also set a season high for points scored in one half. Clemson shot 11-14 from the free throw line as well.
The Lady Tigers have another week of rest before beginning conference play next Saturday, January 9. Clemson plays host to N.C. State with tip-off at 2:00 PM from Littlejohn Coliseum.
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