Jan. 30, 2003
Linnea Liljestrand scored 19 points, including 17 consecutive points over a 10:39 time period near the end of the game, to lead Florida State to its first ever win at Clemson, 59-57.
Clemson had a perfect 11-0 record against the Seminoles in games at Clemson since the clubs first began playing when Florida State joined the ACC in 1991-92. It was just the second win in history for Florida State against Clemson in 25 meetings.
Florida State improved to 14-5 overall, 6-2 in the ACC. It is their best start since they joined the ACC. Clemson fell to 11-8 overall, 3-5 in the ACC. Clemson will next be in action at Virginia on Monday, February 3 at 7:00 PM.
Liljestrand, a 5-11 sophomore forward from Stockholm, Sweden had scored just 42 points all year and had made just five three-point goals in 18 attempts entering the game. Seven previous games this year she did not even score a point and she entered the contest averaging 2.8 points per game. But, she made 4-5 three-point shots in the second half alone and was 7-8 from the field overall. She recorded her 19 points in just 13 minutes of play.
Tasheika Morris, Florida State’s top scorer for the season, added 12 points, including a steal and two free throws with just 23 seconds left. She made both free throws to give the Seminoles a two-point lead with 23 seconds left. Clemson held Morris in check most of the game as she was just 3-16 from the field.
Reserve forward Genesis Choice added 13 points, many on her six offensive rebounds. Liljestrand and Choice both came off the bench, helping Florida State to a 39-18 lead in bench points. The duo combined for all but four of Florida State’s 29 second half points.
Clemson was led by Chrissy Floyd with 16 points, but she made just 6-18 shots from the field. She added six rebounds and three assists. Amanda White had 13 points, her second highest ACC scoring game of the year, and had a team best eight rebounds. Lakeia Stokes came off the bench to score 12 for the Lady Tigers in just 15 minutes.
The teams were even in many areas. Florida State was 21-61 from the field, while Clemson was 20-61. Clemson made 15-18 free throws, but lost the game. The Seminoles won the battle of the boards 47-40. Florida State, who had made just 50 three-point goals all year, last in the league on a per game basis, hit 5-11 three-point shots. Clemson entered the game leading the ACC in three-point percentage defense.
The two teams battled evenly for the first 10 minutes, as the game was tied at 15 to open the contest. Clemson then went on a 10-0 run to take a 25-15 lead. But, the Seminoles retaliated and tied the game at 29 late in the half. Clemson led 33-30 at intermission as the Lady Tigers committed just four turnovers.
Clemson jumped to a 49-40 lead with 11:46 minutes left in the second half on a steal and free throw by Floyd. About that time Lindquist entered the game and shot the lights out. She hit a jumper at the 11:02 mark to make the score 49-42, and started taking three-point shots. Her three-pointer with 7:54 left tied the game at 49.
She scored 17 straight Seminole points from the 11:02 mark to the 23-second mark. She made four three-pointers and two two-pointers during the stretch.
Clemson tied the game at 57 with a 1:52 left on a three-point play by White, Clemson’s freshman forward. Clemson got the ball back with 42 seconds left, but Morris stole the ball from Floyd with 24 seconds left, who fouled the Seminole player one second later. Morris, who had made just 3-6 free throws in the previous 39 minutes, made both to give Florida State the 59-57 lead. Those were the only points scored by Florida State starters in the second half. Clemson had the ball for a final possession. Lakeia Stokes had an open three-point attempt to win the game with four seconds left, but the shot missed. She got the rebound, but a forced attempt missed and Florida State had the victory.
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