Jan. 3, 2003
Chrissy Floyd scored 18 points on an off shooting night and Clemson hung on to defeat ACC rival Virginia, 63-62 in women’s college basketball action Thursday night. The Lady Tigers improved to 9-3 overall, 1-0 in the ACC with the victory, while Virginia fell to 5-6 overall, 0-1 in the ACC.
It was Clemson’s fifth straight victory over Virginia in women’s basketball, Clemson’s first five-game winning streak in the series since the 1977-80 era. The contest was played at The Civic Center of Anderson in Anderson, SC. It was the final game for the Lady Tigers in the facility, who will return to renovated Littlejohn Coliseum on January 16 for a contest with North Carolina. The Lady Tigers next game is at #1 ranked Duke on Monday, January 6 at 7:00 PM.
Brandi Teamer led all scorers in the game with 25 points on 8-14 shooting. She also converted 8-10 free throws and pulled in a game best 10 rebounds. But, she was the only double figure scorer for Virginia, who out-shot Clemson from the field 37.5 percent to 28.1 percent.
Floyd scored 18 to reach her average, but she made just 7-23 field goals. Lakeia Stokes added 16 off the bench, including a perfect 10-10 from the foul line. Leah Roper scored 11 and had five offensive rebounds.
Clemson made just 16-57 field goals, including just 1-12 from the foul line. But, Clemson made 30-37 from the foul line. In fact, Clemson made more free throws (30) than Virginia attempted (24). Clemson also forced 25 turnovers and committed just 16. Clemson got 28 of its 63 points off Virginia turnovers.
With Clemson leading 63-61, Virginia guard LaTonya Blue was fouled going to the basket with just 0.7 seconds left. She missed the first shot of the two-shot opportunity, then tried to intentionally miss the second shot, but the ball went into the basket. Clemson then in-bounded the ball and ran out the clock.
Virginia jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first seven minutes behind Brandi Teamer. The Virginia center scored from underneath repeatedly and helped hold Clemson to an 0-12 start in terms of field goal shooting. Virginia still led 14-5 before Clemson finally got going on offense. Clemson’s first field goal of the game came at the 10:17 mark of the first half on a three-point goal by Tabitha Vasilas. Clemson finally tied the game at 14-14.
Clemson had just one lead in the first half and the Cavaliers led 27-25 at intermission. Clemson shot just 5-29 from the field in the first half, but made 14-18 free throws. Teamer scored 16 of Virginia’s 27 points in the first half. Clemson stayed in the game by forcing 14 Virginia turnovers while committing just six. Clemson went on a 24-12 run to open the second half and led 49-39 with 8:46 minutes left. A jumper by Floyd gave Clemson its first double-digit lead. Clemson still led by eight points with 1:47 left.
But, a pair of three-point goals, one by Teamer and one by Cherrise Graham, brought Virginia to within two points. With seven seconds left Karen Jaeger stole the ball and fed Blue, who was fouled with 0.7 left. But she missed the first free throw and Clemson hung on.
“We are perfecting lousy starts,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. “We scored just 16 points in the first half at Miami (OH), but came back to win. Then we made just 5-29 field goals in the first half tonight. I am proud of our effort, we fought and fought on defense and on the boards. We forced 25 turnovers tonight and that was the key to the game. We won the game with our defense. We scored 28 of our 63 points off Virginia turnovers.
“Chrissy did not have her “A” game, but did hit some key shots in the second half. Leah Roper fought her heart out. And, Amanda White made four key free throws down the stretch. Lakeia Stokes made 10-10 from the line tonight and that was important.
“Overall our time management down the stretch was not good. It was not any one player, it was my fault. We will improve in that area.”
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