Nov. 28, 2001
Clemson, S.C. — The Clemson women’s basketball team extended its winning streak over South Carolina to seven games with a 71-63 win over its archrival Wednesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. Jim Davis’ squad improved to 3-1 on the young season while handing the 25th-ranked Lady Gamecocks (4-1) their first loss.
Julie Aderhold scored 14 of her career-high 16 points in the second half as Clemson built a 13-point lead at one point in the second half. Leah Roper and Lakeia Stokes scored 14 points and Krystal Scott chipped in 12 points as the other Lady Tigers with double digits in scoring. Shaunzinski Gortman led South Carolina with 17 points.
The Lady Tigers have not lost to South Carolina since the 1994-95 season. The last time the Lady Tigers lost to the Lady Gamecocks in Littlejohn Coliseum was in the 1989-90 season.
Clemson led by as many as 10 points in the first half until the Gamecocks closed to within 28-26 at the half. Both teams struggled to find consistent play in the session, combining for 26 turnovers and 2-11 shooting from the three-point line.
South Carolina took its second lead when Ines Ajanovic hit a free throw to put her team up 33-32 with 16:25 remaining, but it would be the last advantage for the Lady Gamecocks. Lakiea Stokes scored eight consecutive points to push the Lady Tigers ahead 46-37 with 11:23 left. South Carolina took advantage of poor Clemson free throw shooting down the stretch to cit the deficit to four points with 34 seconds remaining, but the Lady Tigers made seven straight free throws to ice the game.
Clemson travels to Furman on Sunday to take on the Lady Paladins. Tip-off is set for 3:00 PM.
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