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Lady Tigers Travel to Virginia to Take On Cavaliers in ACC Road Opener

Lady Tigers Travel to Virginia to Take On Cavaliers in ACC Road Opener

Jan. 14, 2005

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The Clemson women’s basketball team travels to Charlottesville, VA this weekend for a Sunday showdown with the Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC road opener for the Lady Tigers. The game, which will be televised live by Regional Sports Network (Fox Sports Net South, Comcast Sports Net, Sunshine Network), is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM from University Hall.

Clemson takes its 7-7 overall record (1-1 ACC) to Virginia on Sunday after falling to Florida State 68-57 at home on Thursday. The Seminoles shot 57.7 percent in the second half and ended the game on a 20-8 run to defeat the Lady Tigers.

D’Lesha Lloyd scored a team-best 13 points in the loss to Florida State. She is averaging 16 points per ACC contest so far, best on the team. She is 13-26 from the field in the two games. She set a career-high with 19 in the win over N.C. State to begin ACC play.

Reggie Maddox and Julie Talley have started both conference games at guard for Clemson. Maddox leads the Clemson team at 10.1 points per game, and also leads the team with 62 assists, 24 steals, and is second with a 6.3 rebounds per game average. Talley has made 4-9 three-pointers through two ACC games, and is averaging 8.5 points per game this season. She is the team’s leading outside shooter at 36.2 percent.

Lauren Allen has started 11 games at forward for Clemson this season. She is averaging 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game through two ACC games. She also had three assists in the win over N.C. State. Clemson has used Amanda White as the team’s starting center in all but one game this season. The 6-4 junior averages 8.2 points per game and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game.

Virginia currently sports a 12-3 record (2-0 ACC), but takes on defending ACC champion Duke tonight at home. The Cavaliers have won eight consecutive games after starting the season 4-3. Virginia topped Wake Forest in overtime at Winston-Salem and also downed Georgia Tech on the road for its two conference wins.

The leading Cavalier scorer has been post player Brandi Teamer. The 6-2 Teamer leads the squad with 14.7 points per game and also averages 6.0 rebounds per game. LaTonya Blue is the other Cavalier averaging double figures at 11.6 points per game.

Brenna McGuire leads the shooters with a 39.2 percent mark from beyond the three-point arc. She is third on the team at 8.6 points per game.

Clemson Travels to Charlottesville for ACC Road Opener Clemson travels to Charlottesville, VA to take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday in the ACC road opener for the Lady Tigers. Clemson split its first two ACC games, both at home.

The Cavaliers hold a 29-28 advantage in the series, but Clemson swept both games a year ago. Head Coach Jim Davis is 18-22 versus Virginia during his career at Clemson.

Last Time Out…Clemson Falls 68-57 as Florida State Shoots Lights Out in Second Half Jan. 13, 2005 in Clemson, SC Florida State shot 57.7 percent from the field in the second half and defeated Clemson 68-57 for its second ACC victory this season. The Seminoles are now 15-2 on the season overall, while Clemson dropped to 7-7 (1-1 in the ACC) with the loss.

The Lady Tigers were unable to slow down Roneeka Hodges, the league’s fourth-leading scorer coming into the game. The 5-11 Hodges shot 11-18 from the field and finished with 24 points and nine rebounds. Holly Johnson added 15 points and six assists for Florida State.

Clemson was led by D’Lesha Lloyd with 13 points on 6-12 shooting. It marked the fourth time in the last six games the 6-0 freshman led the Lady Tigers in scoring. Reggie Maddox had eight points and eight rebounds, while Julie Talley contributed eight points, four assists, and five steals.

The Lady Tigers shot 46.2 percent in the second half, but it was not enough to match Florida State’s offensive output. Florida State also held a +8 advantage in rebounding, only the fourth time this season Clemson has been outrebounded.

The Seminoles led as much as 26-13 in the opening half. Trailing 28-15 with just over four minutes to play, Clemson defended the Seminoles well and scored the final eight points of the half to pull within five at the break, 28-23.

In the second half, the Lady Tigers actually grabbed a 49-48 lead with about eight minutes to play in the game. From that point on, the Seminoles outscored Clemson 20-8 down the stretch. Hodges hit three key baskets to help build the Seminole lead in the final minutes. Hodges had 14 points on 7-10 shooting in the second half.

Scouting Virginia Virginia currently sports a 12-3 record (2-0 ACC), but takes on defending ACC champion Duke tonight at home. The Cavaliers have won eight consecutive games after starting the season 4-3. Virginia topped Wake Forest in overtime at Winston-Salem and also downed Georgia Tech on the road for its two conference wins.

The leading Cavalier scorer has been post player Brandi Teamer. The 6-2 Teamer leads the squad with 14.7 points per game and also averages 6.0 rebounds per game. LaTonya Blue is the other Cavalier averaging double figures at 11.6 points per game.

Brenna McGuire leads the shooters with a 39.2 percent mark from beyond the three-point arc. She is third on the team at 8.6 points per game.

Debbie Ryan is in her 28th season with the Virginia program and has over 600 career wins. She is a seven-time ACC Coach-of-the-Year.

Clemson Among Conference Leaders in Free Throw Shooting Clemson has done a great job from the free throw line this season. As a team, the Lady Tigers are third in the ACC in terms of free throw percentage, according to the conference’s latest release.

The Lady Tigers are 180-247 (.729) from the foul line this year, but opponents are shooting just 64.4 percent from the charity stripe. Reggie Maddox and Tasha Phillips, are hitting 77 and 79 percent of their shots from the foul line, respectively.

Amanda White, the starting center for the Lady Tigers, is shooting 80.4 percent from the free throw line, a great percentage for a post player.

Lady Tigers Relying Heavily on Outside Shots Clemson enters Sunday’s game as one of the top outside shooting teams in the conference. The Lady Tigers are second in the ACC with 5.79 three-pointers made per game.

Clemson has 81 made so far this season, led by Reggie Maddox with 18. The Lady Tigers are averaging 18.8 three-point attempts per game.

Clemson Turning up the Defense in 04-05 One of the most noticeable differences from last season is Clemson’s ability to play defense. The Lady Tigers are limiting opponents to just 36.0 percent shooting, the fourth-best field goal percentage defense in the ACC so far this season.

Opponents are also shooting just 28.4 percent from the perimeter. The Lady Tigers have done a good job utilizing multiple defenses to shut down opposing offenses.

Florida State was the first team all season to break through against Clemson’s stingy defense with a shooting percentage above 50 percent. The Seminoles shot 57.7 percent in the second half against Clemson, thus leading to the 68-57 win.

The Difference is Night and Day Clemson’s outcomes this season have been opposite depending on the time of day. In seven day games (played before 5 PM), the Lady Tigers are 5-2. At night, Clemson holds just a 2-5 record. Among Clemson’s more prominent day wins was the 78-65 ACC opener against N.C. State. Amanda White has been Clemson’s top performer through seven day games, averaging 10.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

Maddox a Versatile Weapon for the Lady Tigers Reggie Maddox has done it all for Clemson this season. After settling in as a starter, the 5-9 guard has taken over multiple roles on the Clemson team. Not only is she the team’s leading scorer, but she is also first in assists and steals, and second in rebounding.

Maddox is averaging 10.1 points per game coming into today’s contest with the Virginia Cavaliers. She has scored in double figures seven times this season.

She had a season-high 18 points in the loss to then #22 Rutgers, with each point coming in the second half. After being held scoreless for a half, Maddox exploded for 4-6 three-point shooting and 18 total points to go along with three assists.

Maddox is the team’s leader in steals (23), assists (60), and second in rebounding (6.2 per game). She is also tied for second on the team with 10 blocks.

Lloyd Leads Lady Tigers in ACC Action One of Clemson’s biggest contributors offensively this season has been freshman D’Lesha Lloyd, a small forward from Columbia, SC. She is fourth on the team with an average of 8.2 points per game, despite playing just 16 minutes per game.

Lloyd earned her first career start on January 2 against the Georgetown Hoyas, and came through with a career night. She set new highs with 14 points and seven rebounds. She also was 5-6 from the free throw line. She was the Lady Tigers’ leading scorer in the game.

It didn’t take her long to create new career highs. In the win over the Wolfpack, Lloyd was 7-14 from the field and 3-5 from three-point range for a career-high 19 points. She led all scorers in the game. Against Florida State, Lloyd again came up big with 13 points on 6-12 shooting. She has been Clemson’s leading scorer in four of the past six games.

Talley Ranks in top 10 in Clemson History in Three-Point Goals Julie Talley has been one of Clemson’s top three-point shooters throughout her career. She currently ranks seventh in Lady Tiger history with 82 three-pointers made over her three-year career at Clemson.

Talley has hit 25-69 from the outside this season for a 36.2 percentage. She has hit 82-227 (.361) for her career at Clemson. She holds the single-game record for three-point attempts and is also seventh in school history in terms of three-point attempts. Her 36.1 percent shooting from the outside puts her ninth all-time in Clemson history, ahead of former shooting great Amy Geren (1995-99).

White Consistent on the Inside for ClemsonAmanda White has been the team’s most dependable player on the inside this season. She has shown an improved shooting touch over the course of the season. White has been Clemson’s best face-up player this season, and she is knocking down mid-range jumpers with regularity.

White’s stats were down her sophomore year, compared to her freshman season when she was named All-Rookie by the ACC. However, White still managed 6.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 2003-04. For her career, she has started 65 of 72 games. White’s career averages are 6.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

So far this season, White is fourth on the team in scoring at 8.2 points per game. She played perhaps her best this year over a two-game stretch against Morehead State and Pitt. White was 5-12 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line for a season-high 17 points against Morehead State. She also collected seven rebounds. She followed that with a double-double, her first of the year and fourth of her career, against Pittsburgh. She had 13 points and tied a career-high with 13 rebounds.

White is off to a solid ACC start, averaging 10 points per game through two league contests. She has upped her free throw percentage to over 80 percent as well, which ranks fifth in the ACC.

Maddox Just Misses Triple-Double Against ‘Pack Reggie Maddox has already had some of the most memorable all-around performances by a Clemson guard in recent memory. She played perhaps her most complete game of the season in the 78-65 win over N.C. State.

The Dyersburg, TN native fell one point shy of a triple-double with nine points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. The 11 rebounds tied a career-high, while the 10 assists established a new high for the junior college transfer. Maddox grabbed four offensive rebounds in the game for Clemson.

Two players have recorded triple-doubles in Lady Tiger history. Peggy Caple did it against Kansas State in 1983 with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots. Itoro Umoh, now an assistant under Jim Davis at Clemson, had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists versus Wake Forest as a senior in 1999.

Phillips Possesses a Scorer’s Mentality Junior college transfer Tasha Phillips has perhaps the most offensive potential on the entire Clemson roster, although she has been slowed by injury at times this season. However, her ability to fill in the scoring column has been an added bonus for the Lady Tigers.

The Campbellsville, KY native is averaging 8.6 points per game, second-best on the team. She averages just over 21 minutes per game, so her points/minute ratio is one of the best on the Clemson squad.

She had 15 points in the outing against the Ole Miss Lady Rebels. She followed that with 12 points in the win over Georgetown. She also played well in the South Carolina win, scoring 22 points to lead Clemson to victory.

Phillips came through in the clutch against N.C. State. With the Wolfpack trailing by just two points, Talley fouled out of the game with six and a half minutes to go in the game. Phillips entered with an 0-5 shooting ledger and zero points. In the game’s final minutes, she proceeded to hit her final three outside shot attempts and 3-4 foul shots. She finished with 12 points, all in that short span. The 5-9 guard also grabbed two crucial rebounds in the last minute, leading to the 13-point win over the Wolfpack.

Maddox Performance at South Carolina Memorable Reggie Maddox individual performance in the win over South Carolina was as good as a guard has been in some time at Clemson. She had a double-double, the first of the season for any Lady Tiger, with 17 points and 11 rebounds. She also dished out six assists and had only one turnover.

She was 6-10 from the field versus the Gamecocks, including the game-tying shot to end the second half that sent the game into overtime. Maddox hit a jumper from just inside the three-point line with no time remaining on the clock.

‘LA’ Sees Playing Time Increase Dramatically Lauren Allen, better known as ‘LA’ to her teammates and coaches, has seen her playing time increase dramatically this season. In her first two years, the junior forward played 155 minutes over 30 games. This season, the 6-2 Allen has started 11 games and played an average of 18.6 minutes per game.

She averages a modest 3.7 points per game and is third on the team in rebounding at 5.3 per game. But, she is off to a good ACC start. She scored eight points and dished out three assists against N.C. State, then scored four points and grabbed six rebounds versus Florida State.

Allen is 23-51 from the field this season, which equates to 45.1 percent shooting. Only Amanda White has shot the ball better from a percentage basis. She also is the team’s leading offensive rebounder with 37 through 14 games.

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