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Clemson To Open Play In NCAA Tournament Friday

Clemson To Open Play In NCAA Tournament Friday

March 15, 2000

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson Women’s Basketball team will play Drake Friday, March 17, at 6:05 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in Storrs, CT.

The Clemson-Drake NCAA Women’s basketball game will be televised live by the South Carolina Educational Television Network (SCETV) Friday, March 17, at 6:05 p.m.

Viewers statewide will be able to watch as ninth-seeded Clemson takes on eighth-seeded Drake. The game will be broadcast live from Storrs, CT. The stations include WITV/7 in Charleston, WEBA-TV/14 Allendale, WJWJ-TV/16 Beaufort, WHMC-TV/23 Conway, WRJA-TV/27 Sumter, WNTV/29 Greenville, WNSC-TV/30 Rock Hill, WJPM-TV/33 Florence, WRLK-TV/35 Columbia, WNEH-TV/38 Greenwood, WRET-TV/49 Spartanburg.

Clemson is seeded ninth, while Drake is seeded eighth. The winner of the game will play the winner of the Connecticut-Hampton game on Sunday March 19 at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN 2 Connecticut is seeded first and Hampton is seeded 16.

Clemson will be making its 13th trip to the NCAA Tournament, the 12th appearance under Head Coach Jim Davis. Clemson has an overall record of 12-12 in the NCAA Tournament over the years, 12-11 under Head Coach Jim Davis. The Lady Tigers have been in the NCAA Tournament’s Final 16 four years, including the 1999 season. Clemson advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Eight in 1991.

The Lady Tigers have an 18-11 record overall. Clemson is led in scoring by freshman sensation Chrissy Floyd as she is averaging 12.2 ppg. The Lady Tigers are led in rebounding by Erin Batth with a 7.4 rpg. mark. Angie Cossey is the Lady Tigers’ second leading scorer with a 9.5 ppg. average. Krystal Scott leads the Lady Tigers in assists with 95 or 3.3 assists per game.

Drake has a 23-6 record overall and won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season with a 15-3 league mark. Drake also won the MVC Tournament. Drake enters the NCAA Tournament riding a seven game winning streak, and has won 10 of its last 11 contests. Drake is led in scoring by freshman center, Carla Bennett with a 14.5 ppg. average. Forward, Haley Sames leads the team in rebounding with a 7.4 rpg. mark.

Clemson has a 2-0 record when playing on St. Patrick’s Day over the years.

Clemson Probable Starters

No. Player Ht Yr Pos Stats
10 Nuria Forns 6-1 Jr F 7.5 ppg. 4.2 rpg.
22 Erin Batth 6-4 Jr F 9.3 ppg. 7.4 rpg.
44 Joanie Mungro 6-2 Sr C 6.2 ppg. 5.5 rpg.
12 Krystal Scott 5-8 So G 9.0 ppg. 3.0 rpg.
20 Angie Cossey 5-7 Sr G 9.5 ppg. 2.4 rpg.

Drake Probable Starters

Player Ht Yr Pos Stats
Erin Richards 6-0 SO F 11.4 ppg. 3.7 rpg.
Haley Sames 6-4 SR F 10.5 ppg. 7.4 rpg.
Carla Bennett 6-3 FR C 14.5 ppg. 7.1 rpg.
Kristin Santa 5-9 JR G 7.3 ppg. 2.4 rpg.
Stephanie Schmitz 5-7 SO G 10.2 ppg. 3.9 rpg.

CLEMSON’S RECORD–Clemson has an 18-11 record overall, and a 9-7 mark in the ACC. The Lady Tigers are 9-3 at home this season.

CLEMSON RECEIVES NCAA BID–The Clemson women’s basketball team has received a NCAA Tournament Bid and will play Drake in the first round of the 64-team tournament at Storrs, CT on Friday (March 17) at 6:00 p.m. Clemson is seeded ninth, while Drake is seeded eighth. The winner of the game will play the winner of the Connecticut-Hampton game on Sunday March 19 at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN 2 Connecticut is seeded first and Hampton is seeded 16.

Clemson will be making its 13th trip to the NCAA Tournament, the 12th appearance under Head Coach Jim Davis. Clemson has an overall record of 12-12 in the NCAA Tournament over the years, 12-11 under Head Coach Jim Davis. The Lady Tigers have been in the NCAA Tournament’s Final 16 four years, including the 1999 season. Clemson advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Eight in 1991.

The Lady Tigers have an 18-11 record overall. Clemson is led in scoring by freshman sensation Chrissy Floyd as she is averaging 12.2 ppg. The Lady Tigers are led in rebounding by Erin Batth with a 7.4 rpg. mark. Angie Cossey is the Lady Tigers’ second leading scorer with a 9.5 ppg. average. Krystal Scott leads the Lady Tigers in assists with 95 or 3.3 assists per game.

Drake has a 23-6 record overall and won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season with a 15-3 league mark. Drake also won the MVC Tournament. Drake enters the NCAA Tournament riding a seven game winning streak, and has won 10 of its last 11 contests. Drake is led in scoring by freshman center, Carla Bennett with a 14.5 ppg. average. Forward, Haley Sames leads the team in rebounding with a 7.4 rpg. mark.

THE SERIES–This will be the second meeting between Clemson and Drake. In the only meeting between the two schools Drake defeated the Lady Tigers 86-85 in the NWIT in Amarillo, TX. Clemson has met Connecticut twice with both meetings occuring in the NCAA Tournament. On March 17, 1990, exactly 10 years ago to the date that Clemson will meet Drake in Storrs, CT, the Lady Tigers defeated the Huskies 61-59 in the second round. Connecticut defeated Clemson 60-57 in the Final Eight on March 23, 1991.

IN THE NCAA

TOURNAMENT OVERALL
CONNECTICUT 1-1 1-1
DRAKE 0-0 0-1
HAMPTON 0-0 0-0

CLEMSON PLAYERS NAMED ALL-ACC–Clemson’s Chrissy Floyd and Angie Cossey were both named to the 1999-2000 All Atlantic Coast Conference team. Floyd was named to the second team, while Cossey was named to the third team. Floyd was also named to the ACC All-Freshman team.

The Lady Tigers’ Erin Batth was named to the ACC’s All-Defensive team.

Floyd is Clemson’s leading scorer with a 12.2 ppg. average. She also leads the team in steals with 53. Floyd is also third on the team in assists with 43.

Angie Cossey is the Lady Tigers’ second leading scorer with a 9.5 ppg. average. Cossey leads the team with 32 three-point goals. She leads the team in free throw pct. with a .818 mark.

Erin Batth leads the team in blocked shots. She is the Lady Tigers’ third leading scorer with a 9.3 ppg. average. Batth leads the team in rebounding with a 7.4 rpg. average.

LAST HOME GAME RECORD–Clemson defeated Florida State 75-58 on February 27, in Clemson’s last home game of the season. Clemson now has a 20-5 record over the years involving last home games.

CLEMSON’S CONNECTICUT CONNECTION–Although Connecticut is 900 miles from Clemson, SC, the state has provided Clemson with two of its top student-athletes in two major sports this year. Guard Will Solomon was the top player on Clemson’s basketball team this season, while pitcher Scott Berney has been the top player on Clemson’s fourth-ranked (Collegiate Baseball) team.

Solomon is a native of East Hartford, CT and East Hartford High School. The 6-1 guard led the ACC in scoring this year with a 20.9 average and he was rewarded for his fine play with a selection to the first-team All-ACC squad.

Solomon is the first Clemson player to make first-team All-ACC since Dale Davis and Elden Campbell made the team in 1989-90. He is the first guard to make first-team All-ACC in 20 years and the first Clemson underclassman to make first team in 25 years.

Also a first-team All-District selection by the NABC and the United States Basketball Writers of America, Solomon ranks in the top 20 in scoring and three-point goals per game nationally. He scored over 32 percent of Clemson’s points this year and his 20.9 average was the highest by a Clemson player since 1986-87 when Horace Grant averaged 21.0 per game. His high game was a 43-point performance against Virginia on January 15, the seventh highest scoring game in the nation this year.

Berney, a native of Hamden, CT and Hamden High School, is a transfer from UCONN. He played for the Huskies in 1997, 1998 and 1999 and had a 14-9 record. This year at Clemson he is off to a 5-0 start on the mound, the best record on Clemson’s 15-2 team. He did not allow a run in the first 32 1/3 innings that he pitched this year, the longest scoreless streak in Clemson history. So far this year he has struck out 22 and walked just seven. Opponents have hit just .194 against Berney this year and he has a 0.49 ERA, best in the ACC.

Another transfer from UCONN hopes to make her mark next year on Jim Davis Lady Tiger basketball team. Marci Glenney is sitting out this season after playing for the Huskies in 1997-99.

CLEMSON LEADERS–Clemson is led in scoring by freshman sensation Chrissy Floyd as she is averaging 12.2 ppg. The Lady Tigers are led in rebounding by Erin Batth with a 7.4 rpg. mark. Angie Cossey is the Lady Tigers’ second leading scorer with a 9.5 ppg. average. Krystal Scott leads the Lady Tigers in assists with 95 or 3.3 assists per game.

GIANT KILLERS–The Clemson Women’s basketball team defeated 15th-ranked North Carolina, 60-59, on January 10. On January 13, the Lady Tigers defeated third-ranked N.C. State, 71-56.

DAVIS VS. RANKED TEAMS–Under Head Coach Jim Davis, the Lady Tigers have a 28-20 record against Associated Press-ranked teams at Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum.

ANGIE COSSEY HAS SCORED 86 POINTS IN LAST SEVEN GAMES–Angie Cossey has scored 86 points in the last seven games. She scored a career-high 19 points in the N.C. State game on 2-13-00. Also in the last seven games, she is 15-38 from the three-point line.

CLEMSON AND NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY–Clemson played in the first NCAA women’s tournament in 1982 against Penn State. Because of the day and time it was played, the Clemson-Penn State game was the first ever NCAA women’s tournament game. The Lady Tigers lost the game 96-75. In the Clemson-Penn State game, former Lady Tiger assistant coach and Clemson great, Barbara Kennedy-Dixon scored the first points in the inaugural women’s NCAA basketball tournament in the Penn State game. Kennedy-Dixon hit a five-foot turn around jump shot from the baseline with 19:20 left in the first half. Kennedy-Dixon finished the game with 43 points, which still ranks third for a single-game scoring performance in the NCAA tournament.

BATTH IS CLEMSON’S CURRENT CAREER SCORING LEADER–Erin Batth is Clemson’s current career scoring leader with 589 points. She is averaging 6.6 ppg. during her career. Batth also has 448 career rebounds and has averaged 5.0 rpg. during her career.

NURIA FORNS IS ONE OF CLEMSON’S BEST THREE-POINT SHOOTERS–Nuria Forns is one of Clemson’s best ever three-point shooters. She is fifth on the Clemson career list for most three-point field goals made with 55. She only needs two more three-point goals to move into fourth place.

3PT GOALS MADE

Name Yrs Years GP FGA FGM
1. Tara Saunooke 4 1991-95 121 586 252
2. Amy Geren 4 1995-99 125 558 199
3. Kerry Boyatt 4 1989-93 121 450 178
4. Dana Puckett 4 1990-94 117 186 56
5. Nuria Forns 3 1998- 91 179 55

JOANIE MUNGRO IS BALANCED IN REBOUNDING–Joanie Mungro has 128 offensive rebounds and 140 defensive rebounds in her career at Clemson. The senior is a junior college transfer. For her career at Clemson, she is averaging 4.9 rpg.

CLEMSON IS YOUNG TEAM–Clemson has only three players who have played in 70 or more career games at Clemson. Chrissy Floyd has averaged more than 20 minutes per game. Floyd is averaging 29.3 minutes per game.

MUNGRO OVERCOMES OBSTACLES–Clemson’s Joanie Mungro had a pacemaker inserted in December. She has a rare, non-life threatening heart ailment that required a pacemaker. So far this season, she is averaging 22.2 minutes per game and has started 22 of the 23 games she has played.

Mungro is the Lady Tigers’ second leading rebounder this season with a 5.5 rpg. mark. Mungro leads the Lady Tigers in field goal pct. this season as she has hit 56-108 field goals for a .519 mark. For her career at Clemson, she has hit 117-237 from the field for a .494 pct.

CLEMSON’S REBOUNDING–Clemson has been outrebounded by its opponents 13 times this season. When Clemson outrebounds its opponents, the Lady Tigers are 12-2 this season. When the opponents outrebound Clemson, the Lady Tigers are 5-8. Clemson and two opponents have tied in rebounding this season. This year, Clemson is averaging 36.8 rpg. while the opponents are averaging 38.7 rpg. The Lady Tigers have never finished a season being outrebounded by its opponents under Head Coach Jim Davis.

FLOYD, A FRESHMAN SENSATION–Freshman Chrissy Floyd is Clemson’s leading scorer with a 12.2 ppg. average. This season she has hit 152-332 from the field for a .458 pct. She is also averaging 2.9 rpg. She is also the Lady Tigers’ leader on defense as she has 53 steals or 1.8 spg. This year, Floyd is averaging 29.3 minutes per contest. This year, she has led Clemson in scoring in eight games this season, including the Lady Tigers’ 71-56 upset win over N.C. State. The last freshman to lead Clemson in scoring at the end of a season was Kerry Boyatt as she averaged 15.3 ppg. her freshman season in 1989-90, 10 years ago.

KRYSTAL SCOTT HAS BECOME STARTER THIS SEASON–Krystal Scott has more than tripled her playing time this season compared to her playing time last year. This year she has played 828 minutes, and last year she played 155 minutes the entire year. She is averaging 9.0 ppg. this season and leads the squad in assists with 95. She is also a 75% free throw shooter this season. Against Virginia on February 17, she scored a career-high 18 points. She tied this mark in the ACC Tournament as she scored 18 points vs. North Carolina.

VS. ACC FOES–Chrissy Floyd has averaged 13.1 ppg. in Clemson’s ACC games this season. Erin Batth is also averaging 7.4 rpg. in Clemson’s ACC outings. Clemson is shooting 361-901 vs. ACC foes for a .401 pct.

LEONARD NAMED TO THE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM–Amirah Leonard was named to the All-Tournament team at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament on November 24 & 26, at Hartford, CT. Leonard scored a career-high 25 points vs. Old Dominion and had 15 points in the Kentucky game.

HEAD COACH JIM DAVIS HAS 277 WINS AT CLEMSON–Head Coach Jim Davis has a 277-127 record at Clemson as he is in his 13th season. During his NCAA Division I career, he has a 296-135 record. Davis spent one season, 1986-87, at Middle Tennessee State and compiled a 19-8 record with the Lady Raiders that season.

CLEMSON HEAD COACH OVER APPROACHING 125 ACC WINS–Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis has a 121-79 record against ACC foes during the regular season. He is the fourth winningest coach in the history of the ACC with the 121 league victories.

CLEMSON’S JIM DAVIS IS 8-7 IN OVERTIME GAMES DURING HIS CAREER–Head Coach Jim Davis is now 8-7 in overtime games during his career at Clemson. He has also guided the Lady Tigers to five wins in the last eight Clemson overtime games.

CLEMSON’S RECORD VS. RANKED TEAMS–Coach Jim Davis has defeated 43 top 25 teams since his arrival at Clemson in the 1987-88 season. At Littlejohn Coliseum, he has a 28-20 record vs. Associated Press Top 25 teams. In 1998-99, he was 5-6 vs. top 25 teams. This season he is 2-6 vs. AP top 25 teams. He has 11 top 25 wins over Virginia in his career, more than any other school.

JIM DAVIS’ NON-CONFERENCE RECORD–Head Coach Jim Davis has a cumulative 143-41 record vs. non-conference teams during his Clemson career.

DAVIS IS THE FIFTH WINNINGEST COACH IN ACC HISTORY–Head Coach Jim Davis is the fifth all-time winningest coach in the history of the ACC with 277 victories. He is also fourth for most victories in ACC games with 121. He is also the fourth all-time winningest coach in the ACC by percentage, (.686). Davis is also third for the best winning percentage in the ACC Tournament with a .643 figure (18-10).

COSSEY A 79% CAREER FREE THROW SHOOTER–Angie Cossey is a 79% career free throw shooter. During her Clemson career, she has hit 89-112 free throws for a .795 pct. She is currently in fourth place on the Clemson carreer list for the best free throw pct.

BEST FREE THROW PERCENTAGE IN CLEMSON CAREER

Name Yrs. Years FTM FTA Pct.
1. Amy Geren 4 1995-99 335 395 .848
2. Janet Knight 4 1982-86 333 410 .812
Tara Saunooke 4 1991-95 216 266 .812
4. Angie Cossey 2 1998- 89 112 .795

BATTH IS ONE OF CLEMSON’S BEST ALL–TIME REBOUNDER-Erin Batth is one of Clemson’s all-time best rebounders. Currently she has 448 career rebounds and is tied for 23rd on the school’s all-time best rebounder list .

CLEMSON CAREER REBOUND LEADERS

Name Yrs. Years GP Avg. Reb.
1. Barbara Kennedy 4 1978-82 127 9.9 1252
2. Peggy Caple 4 1981-85 119 9.1 1087
3. Shandy Bryan 4 1989-93 126 6.9 874
4. Louise Greenwood 4 1985-89 112 7.7 859
5. Laura Cottrell 4 1993-97 119 6.8 808
6. Donna Forester 2 1976-78 63 12.2 766
7. Debra Buford 4 1977-81 127 5.3 735
8. Karen Ann Jenkins 4 1985-89 111 6.2 687
9. Bobbie Mims 4 1976-80 126 5.0 630
10. Jackie Farmer 2 1989-91 58 9.8 570
11. Janet Knight 4 1982-86 114 5.0 565
12. Jeanette Davis 4 1994-98 125 4.4 555
13. Itoro Umoh 4 1995-99 126 4.3 543
14. Natasha Anderson 4 1995-99 125 4.3 539
15. Nikki Blassingame 4 1995-99 126 4.3 537
16. Jaci Stimson 4 1993-97 115 4.7 535
17. Janet Forester 2 1975-77 55 9.5 524
18. Annette Wise 5 1978-83 127 4.0 514
19. Sandy Bishop 2 1983-85 58 8.7 506
20. Gretchen Becker 4 1977-81 101 4.7 500
21. Ramona O’Neal 4 1985-89 117 4.2 493
22. Kerry Boyatt 4 1989-93 121 3.9 472
23. Michelle Bryant 2 1987-89 56 8.0 448
Sheila Cobb 4 1979-83 47 9.5 448
Kathy Wilson 4 1976-80 121 3.7 448
Erin Batth 2+ 1997- 89 5.0 448

CLEMSON’S DEFENSE–Under Coach Jim Davis, the Clemson Lady Tigers have held opponents to 50 points or less 58 times and have never allowed an opponent to reach the 100-point plateau. All 58 games have resulted in Lady Tiger victories. The Lady Tigers have only been held to 50 points or less three times during Davis’ tenure.

FIRST HOME GAME RECORD–Clemson now has a 22-3 record over the years when playing its first home game of the season. The Lady Tigers also have a 19-6 record over the years in season-opening games.

ALL-TIME HOME RECORD–Clemson has a 261-75 record when playing in Littlejohn Coliseum for a .777 mark. Clemson won its 250th game in a 69-41 win over Georgia Tech on February 11, 1999.

100% GRADUATION RATE–Since the beginning of the women’s basketball program at Clemson in 1975-76, 100% of the players staying for four years have graduated.

CLEMSON ON TELEVISION–Clemson has won 12 of its last 18 games that have been shown on television.

CLEMSON’S RECORD ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY–Clemson has a 2-0 record when playing on St. Patrick’s Day over the years. Clemson defeated Connecticut on March 17, 1990 at Storrs, CT, 61-59. The Lady Tigers also defeated Xavier 70-64 on March 17, 1993, at Clemson, SC.

BATTH CLIMBS CLEMSON CAREER CHART FOR MOST BLOCKED SHOTS–Erin Batth has 84 blocked shots in her career. She is sixth in Clemson history for most blocked shots. This season she has 36 blcoked shots.

BLOCKED SHOTS

Name Yrs. Years GP B/G BS
1. Peggy Caple 4 1981-85 119 2.50 298
2. Jackie Farmer 2 1989-91 58 2.22 129
3. Barbara Kennedy 4 1978-82 127 1.01 128
4. Jaci Stimson 4 1993-97 115 0.92 125
5. Shandy Bryan 4 1989-93 126 0.76 96
6. Erin Batth 3 1997- 88 0.95 84

CLEMSON’S RECORD IN 1999-2000

When a game is five points or less 6-2
When leading at halftime 14-2
When trailing at halftime 4-8
When tied at halftime 0-1
Shooting 50% or better from the field 1-0
Shooting Under 50% from the field 17-11
Shooting 40% or better from the field 11-3
Shooting under 40% from the field 7-8
Shooting 60% or better from the FT line 17-10
Shooting under 60% from the FT line 1-1
Shooting 30% or better from the 3PT line 12-2
Shooting under 30% from the 3PT line 6-9
One-Point Decisions 1-0
Two-Point Decisions 1-1
Three-Point Decisions 0-1
Four-Point Decisions 2-0
Five-Point Decisions 2-0
Overtime 0-2
Under Coach Davis 1987-88-Present
Shooting over .500 70-3

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