Nov. 19, 2004
Clemson women’s basketball overcame 24 turnovers and downed Western Carolina 62-55 in the season opener for both schools. The Tigers made up for the turnovers with a +7 rebounding advantage as well as 10 blocks.
“I’m glad to get out of this game on the winning side,” said Jim Davis, head coach of the Lady Tigers. “I give a lot of credit to Coach Harper, her staff, and her team. Their players put their heart and soul into it, but I thought our players played hard.”
Reggie Maddox was Clemson’s only double-figure scorer with 11 points on 4-9 shooting.
For Western Carolina, three players reached double figures. Lori Tanner led the way with 11 points, while Jennifer Gardner and Teyawna Hardy each contributed 10.
Clemson led by as much as 14 in the first half before Western Carolina narrowed the lead heading into the locker rooms. The Lady Catamounts went on a 9-0 run to end the first half, cutting the lead to just five points at the break.
In the second half, Clemson’s biggest lead was seven at 50-43. Western Carolina chipped away at the lead and eventually it was down to 58-55 in favor of the Lady Tigers. But, Clemson hit its final four free throws to seal the season-opening victory.
The Lady Tigers return to the court on Sunday to take on Appalachian State. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 PM.
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