Feb. 24, 2000
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Angie Cossey scored 18 points, while Erin Batth added 14 in leading Clemson to a 63-59 win over Wake Forest in an Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball game at Winston-Salem, NC Thursday night.
Clemson improves to 17-10 overall, 8-7 in the ACC. Wake Forest falls to 7-19 overall, 3-12 in league play. Clemson has won 17 of the last 18 games in the series, including seven games in a row.
Cossey finished the game 5-11 from the field, including 4-8 from the three-point line. She also was 4-4 from the free throw line. Clemson was led in rebounding by Erin Batth and Datishella Byrd as both had six boards each. Wake Forest was led in scoring by Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick with 14 points. Wake Forest won the battle of the boards 43-27, and had 18 offensive rebounds.
After three ties in the last part of the first half, Clemson broke away from the final tie and outscored Wake Forest 6-0 in the final 2:50 to take a 31-25 lead at the half. Clemson had a three point lead with :33 seconds left and Clemson held the ball for the final shot and Angie Cossey hit a three point goal with :04 seconds remaining to lift Clemson to the six point advantage.
In the second half, Clemson had a 51-44 lead with 7:12 left to go in the game. From this point, Wake Forest went on an 8-2 run and came within one point of the lead 53-52 with 4:49 left. Kristen Shaffer had four points in this Deacon run. Wake Forest took the lead 59-58 with 2:10 left as La China Robinson hit a shot from underneath. This would be the last time Wake would score in the game. Clemson tooke the lead 60-59 with 1:27 left as Angie Cossey hit two free throws. Erin Batth hit one of two free throws with 1:04 remaining to give Clemson a 61-59 lead. Chrissy Floyd extended Clemson’s lead 62-59 after she hit one of two free throws with :23 seconds left. Wake Forest’s Adell Harris tried a three-point basket for a tie, but the ball bounced off the rim. After a flurry underneath Wake Forest’s basket, Erin Batth rebounded and was immediately fouled with 5.3 seconds left. Batth hit one of two free throws to give Clemson a 63-59 lead.
“Angie Cossey stepped up and made some pressure baskets tonight,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. “Give Wake Forest credit for the way they beat us on the boards. We have to get better in this area. I was very pleased with our intensity for all 40 minutes. With the exception of the rebound deficit, I though we played very well.”
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