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Lady Tigers Take on Fighting Illini in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Nov. 30, 2011

Season Stats Season Stats Game Setup: Site: Littlejohn ColiseumDate: Thursday, December 1, 2011 City: Clemson,, SCTime: 7:00 PMRadio: Clemson Tigers Sports Network(Don Munson – play-by-play,Kanetra Queen – color) Webast: TigerCast CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson Lady Tigers will look to gain some more momentum against the Illinois Fighting Illini in the Big Ten/ ACC Challenge on Thursday night at 7:00 pm in Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson (3-2) is coming off a win Monday at Furman, while Illinois comes in at 2-5 overall. The game is available via web stream on TigerCast, while live stats will be on ClemsonTigers.comThursday night is Student Appreciation Night. The first 250 students will receive a retro Clemson Basketball head band, and can enter to win a Motorola Droid Razr from Verizon Wireless, with the winner announced at halftime. Clemson holds a 2-2 all-time record in the Challenge, of which the ACC has claimed the previous four titles. Clemson and Illinois have met just three times in history, with the Lady Tigers holding a 2-1 all-time mark, and a 2-0 ledger at home, including one of the most significant wins in Clemson basketball history, and one which head coach Itoro Coleman remembers well.  An Itoro Umoh-led Lady Tiger team knocked off Illinois on Mar. 14, 1999 in Umoh’s senior season to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. Umoh had 10 points, six rebounds, six assists, and five steals in that contest, but this will be her first meeting against Illinois since that game, which was Coleman’s final home game in her Hall of Fame career. In fact, the Lady Tigers and Illini have not met since the 2000-01 season, a Clemson win in Littlejohn Coliseum. Illinois is led by All-Big Ten selection Karisma Penn, who is averaging 16.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. The Illini returned nine letterwinners from last season, and all five of their starters. Conversely, Clemson returned just four letterwinners and one starter from last season. The Tigers are paced by freshman Nikki Dixon at 15.2 points per game, which is sixth among all ACC players. Sophomore Quinyotta Pettaway is second at 11.8 points per game, and leads the team at 7.6 rebounds per game. Senior Shaniqua Pauldo averages 11.0 points per game and 6.0 boards per contest. Chancie Dunn, Chelsea Lindsay, and Dixon all rank among the top eight in the conference in terms of minutes played per game.

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