Jan. 2, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Clemson women’s basketball team opened its ACC play with a 58-55 win over Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on Friday night. With the win, the Lady Tigers improve to 11-1 (1-0 ACC) while the Cavaliers fall to 5-6 (0-1 ACC).
After a Clemson-controlled, 28-19 first half, the Cavaliers opened the second half by scoring 11 unanswered points. Clemson’s Maggie Slosser answered the Virginia run with a seven-foot jumper at the 14:02 mark to even the score at 30.
Following eight lead changes in the second half, the Lady Tigers took the lead for good at the 3:39 mark off a Slosser layup. Senior Lakeia Stokes scored the final six points of the game for Clemson, knocking down a jump shot and four free throws.
Clemson was led in scoring by Stokes, who recorded 17 points. Slosser added 14 points and Julie Aderhold added 11. Stokes also led the team in rebounding with seven. For the game, Clemson shot 39.3% from the field and 76.9% from the free throw line.
Virginia was led in scoring by Anna Prillaman with 15 points. LaTonya Blue led the Cavaliers in rebounding with nine. The team shot 36.8% from the field.
Clemson won the battle of the boards, 36-31.
Clemson entered the locker room at intermission with a 28-19 lead. In the first half, the Lady Tigers shot 44.4% from the field (12-27) and 60% from behind the three-point line (3-5). Clemson was led in scoring by Stokes with seven points. Amanda White led the team in rebounding in the first half with five boards. Clemson outrebounded Virginia in the first half, 18-16.
Virginia shot 30.8% from the field in the first half and went 0-7 from behind the arch. The Cavaliers were led in scoring by Brandi Teamer with eight points. LaTonya Blue and Anna Prillaman both had three rebounds to lead the team in the first half.
“It was a hotly-contested game, and my hat is off to both teams,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. “I think both teams are capable of playing more polished, better basketball, and I think both teams will.
“I’m really proud of our senior group, Maggie Slosser and Lakeia Stokes. They have been remarkable in finding ways to get this group to play together and to find a way to win.”
Clemson will travel to Chapel Hill, NC where they will face the North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 2:00 PM.
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