Nov. 17, 2007
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CHATTANOOGA, TN – Rookie Sthefany Thomas posted 19 points and Morganne Campbell added 15 in a 40-minute effort, but the two were unable to lead their team to victory as the Lady Tigers fell at Chattanooga, 65-55, on Saturday night.
Chattanooga improved to 2-1 on the year, while the Lady Tigers dropped to 2-2.
“We are playing a lot of young kids right now, and we were facing a veteran team that won 25 games last year,” said Clemson Head Coach Cristy McKinney. “There were times when we played well and did good things, but we couldn’t sustain it.”
After a brief return to the court against Duquesne earlier in the week, senior D’Lesha Lloyd reinjured her shoulder at practice on Friday night and was sidelined for Saturday’s contest. Sophomore point guard Christy Brown was also nursing an injury suffered in the Lady Tigers’ win over the Dukes on Wednesday.
The Lady Mocs drained 10 three-pointers for the night, led by Brooke Hand with four for a 12-point performance. Alex Anderson totaled game-highs with 24 points and nine rebounds.
Thomas played all but one minute in the game to record three assists and two steals along with her 19 points. Whitney Hood led Clemson on the boards for a second straight game with eight against the Lady Mocs.
With Brown on the bench and Lele Hardy in foul trouble, Campbell played all 20 minutes of the first half. She drained four field goals, including one three-pointer for nine points at the break while also tallying three steals in the period. The Lady Tigers led by six at 29-23 after a basket by April Parker at the 5:21 mark. However, Chattanooga closed out the half on a 10-3 run and was up by one at the end of the period.
The Lady Mocs opened the second half with back-to-back three pointers before Moreemi Davis knocked down a shot for Clemson. Hand then drained a 28-foot shot to put Chattanooga up 42-34 at the 17:24 mark.
The score stayed at 49-40 for nearly three minutes as both teams stepped up the defensive effort. Campbell finally ended the drought for the Lady Tigers with a jumper and then Hood knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to five with 7:47 remaining. However, Chattanooga came out of the under-eight timeout and scored on its next three possessions. Clemson responded to each and trailed 57-53 at the 5:12 mark, but the Lady Tigers were held scoreless until a Campbell lay-up with 19 seconds remaining. Meanwhile, the Lady Mocs continued to put up points for the 65-55 victory.
The Lady Tigers will return to Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday for a match-up with nationally-ranked Vanderbilt. The teams will take to the court at 7:00 pm.
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