Dec. 30, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC – The Clemson Lady Tigers shot their best percentage in ten games, but fell, 75-54, to the No. 18 Georgetown Hoyas (12-3) on Thursday night at Mcdonough Gym in Washington, DC. Kirstyn Wright led Clemson (6-8) with 17 points, while Sthefany Thomas added 13.
It was Clemson’s third straight loss to a nationally ranked opponent, and second consecutive to a Big East foe. Clemson struggled from behind the arc, hitting just 3-17 (.178). Meanwhile, the team combined to go 19-34 (.559) from inside the arc, and outscored the Hoyas in the paint, 26-16.
“When we got it in the middle, we looked down the court and got good shots. We didn’t make some, but we also executed on offense in the half court. I thought we defended well in the halfcourt, but didn’t rebound well enough out of it.”
On the other side, the Hoyas were hot from outside, tying a season high with ten three pointers made. Sugar Rodgers had a season-high 28 points on 11-16 shooting, and South Carolina native Rubylee Wright had a career-high 16 for the Hoyas.
The difference in the game, however, was Georgetown’s 31-13 advantage in points off turnovers and 18-4 advantage in second chance points. Clemson turned it over 21 times, but just six of those came in the second half.
Clemson hung with the Hoyas for most of the first half. A 6-0 run by the Hoyas in the final minute of the half gave Georgetown a 38-28 lead going into halftime.
Thomas and Rodgers went basket-for-basket in the frame, with Thomas ending with 11 points on 5-10 shoot and Rodgers 5-8 from the field and 12 points. The difference in the half was Wright, a South Carolina native, who had ten points, just three shy of her season high.
The Tigers shot a first-half season-best 52 percent from the field, and neither team attempted a free throw.
The Lady Tigers will return to action on Jan. 3 when they play host to North Carolina A&T in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:00 pm. Clemson has played five of the last six games away from home.
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