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Clemson Hosts Boston College Thursday

Clemson Hosts Boston College Thursday

Game Information vs. Boston College:
Who: Boston College Eagles (6-11, 1-3 ACC) at Clemson Tigers (10-8, 0-5 ACC)
When: Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.
Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C.
Watch: ACC Network Extra (Fred Cunningham & Jim Davis)
Listen: Clemson Tigers Network/ClemsonTigers.com (William Qualkinbush & Kelly Gramlich)
Live Stats: ClemsonTigers.com
Follow: Twitter & Instagram: @ClemsonWBB

Clemson Team Notes:

– The Tigers are 10-8 (0-5 ACC), and are coming off of a 72-60 loss to Miami at Littlejohn Coliseum on Jan. 14. Sophomores Kobi Thornton and Jaia Alexander scored 18 points apiece in the game, while junior Danielle Edwards was also in double figures in scoring with 12 points, and also added four assists and four steals in the contest.

– Through 18 games and as of the games of Jan. 16, 2018, Clemson is second in the ACC and 12th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (34.7%), and also second in the conference and 15th nationally in scoring defense (55.6).

– As a team, the Tigers rank second in the ACC and 17th nationally in blocked shots (101) and blocked shots per game (5.6).

– Clemson’s defense has held two of the nation’s top-15 teams to some of their lowest scoring outputs of the season. On Nov. 16, the Tigers held No. 9/5 South Carolina to 66 points in Littlejohn Coliseum, the Gamecocks’ second-lowest point total of the season to date. On Jan. 4, also at home at Littlejohn, Clemson held No. 13/12 Florida State to 69 points, tied for the Seminoles lowest scoring output through their first 18 games.

– Clemson finished nonconference play with a 10-3 record in 2017-18. In the past two seasons, the Tigers have a 21-5 (.808) record in nonconference play (11-2 in 2016-17 and 10-3 in 2017-18). It is the best two-year nonconference record for the program since the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, when Clemson was 23-4 (.852) in two seasons.

Clemson Player Notes:

– Junior Danielle Edwards leads the Tigers in scoring on the season with 10.3 points per game. She also leads the team in steals (51, 2.8 per game) and assists (40, 2.2 per game.)

– Edwards’ 51 steals rank third among ACC players and 18th among all players nationally.

– Edwards’ 85.7% (48-for-56) from the free throw line is second-best in the league.

– Senior Alexis Carter leads the team in scoring in ACC play, averaging 10.6 points per game through the Tigers’ first five conference games. Carter has led the team in scoring in three of the last four contests.

– Sophomore Jaia Alexander ranks second on the team in scoring overall (9.1 ppg) and in ACC games (10.0 ppg).

– The Tigers have two players in the top seven in the ACC in blocked shots. Freshman Tylar Bennett (37, 2.1 per game) is third in the ACC, while sophomore Kobi Thornton (30, 1.7 per game) is seventh in the league.

– Thornton, an ACC All-Freshman Team selection last season, is third on the Clemson team in scoring with 8.9 points per game and leads the Tigers in rebounding with a 6.8 per game average.

Series Information:

– Clemson has a 4-10 record all-time against Boston College, and the Eagles have won three games in a row in the series.

– The Tigers faced the Eagles on the road in their conference opener last season, on Jan. 2, 2017, and fell by a score of 60-48. Nelly Perry, the Tigers’ senior wing who is redshirting the 2017-18 season, scored 18 points and Danielle Edwards had 11 in the loss in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

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