Dec. 2, 2001
GREENVILLE, SC–Deshara Shealey scored 15 points while Kim Lawrence added 14 in leading Furman to a 59-57 victory over the Clemson Lady Tigers Sunday afternoon in Timmons Arena. The win was the Lady Paladins’ first over rival Clemson.
Down 28-23 at the half, the Lady Paladins tied the game at 36, 49 and again at 51 before taking the lead, 53-51, at the 3:10 mark on Lawrence’s jump shot. Furman stretched its lead to six with Shealey’s free throw with 13 seconds left to play, but the Lady Tigers’ Chrissy Floyd sank a quick layup to pull to within four. With time running out Floyd fouled Furman guard Althea Bufford, who sank one of two free throws to stretch the Lady Paladin lead to five. Floyd answered on the next Tiger possession with a three-pointer off a Kanetra Queen pass, but time was on Furman’s side and the Lady Paladins claimed the two-point win.
Furman’s Orion Wake claimed 12 rebounds which was key in Furman winning the rebounding contest over the Tigers 45-40. In addition, Shealey claimed nine boards and Lawrence garnered eight.
The Lady Tigers were paced by Chrissy Floyd 23 points, while Leah Roper took rebounding honors, with eight.
With the victory Furman improves to 3-3 on the year and snaps a two-game losing streak, while Clemson falls to 3-2. The Lady Paladins will open the Southern Conference season Thursday night with a 7 p.m. home game against Western Carolina, while the Tigers play at Maryland Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
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