CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson women’s basketball team officially takes the court for the time 2018-19 season on Thursday when it hosts Wofford in the season opener. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. Don Munson and Kelly Gramlich will be on-air for ACC Network Extra, while William Qualkinbush and Tori Niemann will have the radio call on Clemson Tigers Network.
Last Time Out: The Tigers closed out preseason with a decisive 80-48 victory over Wingate on November 2. It was an all-out team effort for Clemson as every single Tiger tallied a basket in the win. The Clemson bench accounted for 36 of the Tigers 80 points against Wingate.
Four different Tigers posted double-digit outings, led by freshman Taylor Hosendove who poured in 14 points (6-of-7) for Clemson.
Game Outlook: This is the eighth meeting between the two programs, with the Tigers coming out on top in the most recent contest, 72-50 (11/10/13). Clemson has yet to drop a game against Wofford, holding the 7-0 advantage in past meetings.
Wofford enters the game, 1-0, after defeating Georgia Southern, 81-65 in their season opener on Nov. 6. The Terriers return three of their five starters from a season ago and welcome seven new players. Redshirt junior Chloe Wanink returns to the starting lineup after battling injury last season and has made an immediate impact, posting 30 points in the season opener.
Tigers in Season Openers: Clemson boasts a 30-13 record in the 43 season openers in program history. The Tigers are looking to extend their win streak to five straight season opener with a win against Wofford on Thursday.
When opening the season at home, the Tigers are 19-4, with the last home loss coming against Davidson, 77-57, to open the 2013-14 campaign. Clemson averages 69.2 points per game in season openers and typically defeats its opponent by a margin of 5.5 points. The scoring margin increases to 11.1 points when the Tigers open the season at home.
The Tigers have defeated their opponents by double-digits in 18 of the 43 season openers, with 11 of the 18 contests coming at home.
Nonconference Warriors: Clemson posted a 10-3 record in non-conference action a season ago, including a season-long five-game win streak from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17. The Tigers held their non-conference opponents to under 60 points in eight of the 13 games, including a season-low 28 points by Kennesaw State.
All-time, the Tigers hold a 428-221 record in regular season non-conference action. Clemson is particularly strong in non-conference games at home, posting a 249-61 record when playing in front of the home crowd.
The Tigers have found marked success against Southern Conference opponents, holding a 64-14 all-time advantage. Clemson is 60-14 against active SoCon teams.
Up Next: Clemson hosts Libscomb on Sunday, November 10 for the last home game before a four-game road stretch. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the game airing on ACC Network Extra.
All single game tickets are on sale for adult and youth/seniors at $6 and $4, respectively. Children 12 and under are free. Single-game and season tickets can be purchased online or at 1-800-CLEMSON. All seats for women’s basketball are general admission.
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Coach Butler's keys to the game:
🔸 setting the tone early
🔸 defensive intensity
🔸 confident possessions