December 30, 1998
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Defense, coaches like to say, wins championships. It also wins a lot of games. “I thought our second half defense was the key,” coach Jim Davis said after
10th-ranked Clemson’s 59-42 victory over UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday night. “We were not as consistent in the first half as we need to be, but the defensive effort in the second half was solid and it turned the game into our favor,” Davis said.
Amy Geren hit five 3-pointers on her way to 21 points for Clemson (11-0), including two 3-pointers to give the Tigers a 29-21 lead just before halftime. A 12-2 run early in the second half put the game out of reach of UNC-Greensboro (8-4).
“Amy Geren has the green light to shoot it and she did in the first half,” Davis said. “We were fortunate that she was hitting her shot in the first half.”
Amirah Leonard’s basket with just over eight minutes left gave Clemson its largest lead of the game at 54-28. UNC-Greensboro got no closer than 15. Clemson limited UNC-Greensboro to 24 percent shooting and blocked 13 shots, the second-highest total in program history. The Tigers also had 12 steals and forced 20 turnovers.
Geren was the only Clemson player in double figures, but Nikki Blassingame had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks while Natasha Anderson had four points, four rebounds, four assists, four blocks and four steals.
Katie Del Campo led UNC-Greensboro with 15 points. Clemson’s 11-0 start tied the school record for most victories at the beginning of the season and extended the Tigers’ home winning streak to 20.
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