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Clemson to Host Top-Ten Maryland in Play4Kay Game

Feb. 7, 2012

Game Setup:Clemson Lady Tigers (6-15, 2-8 ACC) v. #8/8 Maryland Terrapins (20-3, 7-3 ACC) Game NotesDate: Thursday, February 9, 2012Time: 7:00 PMCity: Clemson, SCSite: Littlejohn ColiseumRadio: WCCP-FM 104.9; WCCPFM.com(Roy Philpott – play-by-play, Kanetra Queen – color)Webcast: Tigercast (Clemsontigers.com)Livestats: GametrackerPromotions: Wear Pink and receive free admission to the game. Pink T-Shirts are also available for $10 at the game. The Sprite Family Four-Pack is also available. It offers four tickets, four Sprites, four hot dogs, and four t-shirts for $20 (must call ticket office ahead at 1-800-Clemson) CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson Lady Tigers have just three home games left as the season winds down, but play host to one of their most important games of the season due to the event and opponent. Clemson (6-15, 2-8 ACC) will take on No. 8 Maryland (20-3, 7-3 ACC) squad in the Play4Kay contest on Thursday at 7:00 pm, Clemson’s designated “pink game” to help raise awareness for breast cancer. Play 4Kay is a global, unified effort for a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation, is the official Play 4Kay charity. A total of $650,000 was raised in 2011. This year’s goal is to reach the $1M milestone.Fans who wear pink to the game will receive free admission to the event. Clemson will also sell commemorative pink T-shirts for $10, with all proceeds donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Last season, the crowd support was enough to propel Clemson to a 84-74 win over Virginia, and an overtime win against Miami the previous season. Clemson is in the midst of a tough stretch, as this will be the fourth ranked opponent in the last five games, and the third with a top-ten national ranking. The Lady Tigers just returned from a trip from Virginia Tech to No. 7 Miami, going 1-1 on the trip with the overtime win in Blacksburg. The ranked opponents have a combined record of 33-8 (.805) in the ACC this season. Despite the loss against the Hurricanes, Clemson enters playing well defensively, holding each of the last three opponents below their respective scoring averages. Clemson ranks sixth in the ACC in conference play in points allowed (63.4 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage allowed at .369. Nikki Dixon was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for the second straight week and third time this season, the first time in Clemson history a freshman has accomplished the feat. In the past four games, with three against ranked teams, she is averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game. Quinyotta Pettaway leads Clemson at 7.3 rebounds per game, and she and Mason will have their hands full with Maryland’s outstanding post players Alyssa Thomas (17.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Tianna Hawkins (12.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg). After the game with Maryland, Clemson has two in a row on the road, at Virginia on Sunday and at Boston College next Thursday.

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