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Women’s Basketball Dominates Wofford

November 25, 1998

Clemson Downs Wofford – Amy Geren scored 22 points and Natasha Anderson added 20 to lead Clemson to a 101-59 victory over Wofford Friday, November 20, at Clemsons Littlejohn Coliseum. Jim Daviss Lady Tigers improved to 4-0 with the victory, while Wofford fell to 0-2. The Lady Tigers put on an offensive show, hitting 55 percent from the field, 63.6 percent on three-point shots and 70 percent from the foul line. There were 62 fouls called in the game, 33 against Wofford and 29 against Clemson. Clemson won the rebound battle 43-36, led by Anderson, who had eight, including six off the offensive boards. Itoro Umoh had nine points and nine assists, while Amirah Leonard had 12 points off the bench. Wofford was led by Jenny Nett, who scored 20 points. Elizabeth Wells had eight points and five rebounds in just nine minutes as a reserve. Clemsons defense forced 29 turnovers and allowed Wofford to make just 32.7 percent of its shots. Clemson had 61 points in the first half, its highest scoring first half in nearly 20 years. Clemson scored 61 in the first half against Claflin in 1978-79. Amy Geren led the Tigers at intermission with 20 points on 6-9 shooting, she was also 3-3 on three-point shots. She took just one shot in the second half. Clemson jumped out to a 26-12 lead in the first eight minutes. Geren had 15 of the 26 points and Itoro Umoh had five assists during that time. The All-ACC candidate had eight assists and three steals in the first half. Free throw shooting was a key for Clemson in the first half, as the Tigers hit 22-28, contributing to the 61-32 lead at intermission. There were 37 fouls called in the first half for the two teams combined. Clemson extended its lead to 41 points within the first five minutes of the second half. The Tigers largest lead was 95-51 with 4:06 left in the game on a three-pointer by Leonard.

PROBABLE LINEUP CLEMSON LADY TIGERS, 4-0 Overall, 0-0 in the ACC Forward–#24 Nikki Blassingame, 6-3, SR, 11.3 ppg., 6.3 rpg. Forward–#50 Natasha Anderson, 6-2, SR, 12.0 ppg., 7.8 rpg. Center–#22 Erin Batth, 6-4, SO, 9.5 ppg., 5.3 rpg. Guard–#25 Itoro Umoh, 5-7, SR, 11.5 ppg., 5.5 rpg. Guard–#33 Amy Geren, 5-11, SR, 14.3 ppg., 5.3 rpg. Head Coach Jim Davis–237-110 at Clemson, 256-118 career.

NATIONAL RANKINGS Clemson finished the 1997-98 season ranked 14th in the Associated Press poll. The number-14 ranking in the Associated Press poll tied the Clemson school record for the highest ranking in the final Associated Press poll. The 1996 team also finished 14th in the final Associated Press poll. The Lady Tigers also finished ranked 21st in the USA Today poll.

PRESEASON RANKINGS Clemson is ranked in several preseason polls. The following are the outlets and where Clemson is ranked: Basketball News – 24th Dick Vitale’s College Basketball – 16th Lindy’s College Basketball – 17th Sporting News College Basketball – 21st Women’s Basketball Journal – 22nd

CLEMSON’S RECORD Clemson is 4-0 this season after a 101-59 win over Wofford on November 20, at Clemson, SC.

CLEMSON DEFEATS FURMAN 69-43 Amy Geren scored her 1,000th career point and led all scorers with 13 as Clemson defeated Furman 69-43 in a womens intercollegiate basketball game at Clemson, SC Wednesday, November 18.

Geren becomes the 17th player in Clemson history to scorer 1,000 or more points in her Lady Tiger career. Itoro Umoh reached the 1,000 point plateau in the NCAA Tournament last season. The Lady Tigers have now won 15 games in a row in Littlejohn Coliseum. The school record for consecutive home wins is 17. Clemsons Itoro Umoh came close to a triple double as she had 10 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. She also finished the night with three steals. Other double-figure scorers for Clemson included Nikki Blassingame with 12 points, and Andrea Gaines with 10. Both teams had trouble shooting the ball as each team finished the night shooting 29 percent from the floor. Clemson was ahead at intermission 33-26. In the second half, Clemson outscored Fuman 13-3 in the first 6:30 minutes. The Lady Tigers Nuria Forns hit two three-point baskets and Geren hit another three in this Lady Tiger run building the Clemson lead to 46-29.

CLEMSON DEFEATS MISSISSIPPI Nikki Blassingame scored 16 points and had nine rebounds in leading Clemson to a 76-54 win over Mississippi in a womens intercollegiate basketball game at Oxford, MS Monday, November 16. The Lady Tigers Amy Geren also had 14 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Clemson is now 2-0 on the year, while Ole Miss falls to 0-1 this season. Clemson won the battle of the boards 50-36, and had 19 offensive boards. The Lady Tigers were 28-66 from the floor for a .424 pct, while Ole Miss shot 19-58 from the field for a .328 figure. Clemsons Itoro Umoh also had 14 points four rebounds and five assists.

PRESEASON HONORS Clemson’s Itoro Umoh is one of the pre-season Naismith Award Candidates. Teammate Amy Geren is a preseason All-America candidate as selected by Street and Smith’s Magazine.

HEAD COACH JIM DAVIS WINS 250th CAREER GAME Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis won his 250th game with a 85-68 win over Florida State on February 27, 1998. During his NCAA Division I career, he has a 256-118 record. He has a 237-110 record at Clemson after 11 seasons. Davis spent one season, 1986-87, at Middle Tennessee State and compiled a 19-8 record with the Lady Raiders that season.

LADY TIGER LEADERS Clemson is led in scoring by Amy Geren with a 14.3 ppg. Natasha Anderson leads the team in rebounding with a 7.8 rpg. average. Itoro Umoh has 28 assists, and nine steals to lead the team.

CLEMSON PLAYERS NAMED ALL ACC Clemson womens basketball players Amy Geren and Itoro Umoh were named All-Atlantic Coast Conference as announced by the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association in 1997-98. Geren was named to the first team, while Umoh was named to the second team.

1997-98 TEAM SETS SCHOOL RECORD FOR MOST WINS IN A SINGLE SEASON The 1997-98 team set a school record for most wins in a single season with 25. The 1997-98 Lady Tigers broke the 1979-80 team record of 24 wins.

CLEMSON RECEIVED 11TH NCAA TOURNAMENT BID Clemson received its 11th NCAA Tournament bid in 1997-98 since the NCAA Tournament was started in 1982. Head Coach Jim Davis has led Clemson to 10 NCAA Tournaments appearances in his 11 years at Clemson. The Lady Tigers have a 10-11 record in the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Jim Davis is 10-10 in the NCAA Tournament over the years. Clemsons NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 NCAA FINAL EIGHT: 1991 NCAA FINAL 16: 1989, 1990, 1991

CLEMSON PLAYERS NAMED ALL-ACC TOURNAMENT Three Clemson players were named to the ACC All-Tournament team. Itoro Umoh was named to the first team, while Natasha Anderson and Amy Geren were named to the second team.

CLEMSON HEAD COACH JIM DAVIS WON 100TH ACC GAME Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis won his 100th career regular season Atlantic Coast Conference game, (not including ACC Tournament games) with the 64-41 win over Wake Forest on February 15. Currently, Davis has a 101-67 record against ACC foes during the regular season. He is the fourth winningest coach in the history of the ACC with the 101 victories.

LADY TIGERS WON 12TH ACC GAME Clemson won 12 ACC regular season games in the 1997-98 season. This broke the school record for most ACC wins in a single season by Clemson. The 1994 team had 11 ACC victories. The Lady Tigers won their 12th ACC game this season with an 89-58 win over Georgia Tech on February 22.

CLEMSON WON 20th GAME OF THE SEASON IN 1997-98 Clemson won its 20th game of the season with the 64-41 win over Wake Forest on February 15. The Lady Tigers finished the year with a 25-8 record overall. This marked the fifth time the Lady Tigers have won 20 or more games before the ACC Tournament in the history of the program. The Clemson teams that have won 20 or more games before the ACC tournament include: 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1987-88, and 1997-98. Head Coach Jim Davis has won 20 or more games in nine of his 11 seasons at Clemson.

CLEMSONS JIM DAVIS IS 8-4 IN OVERTIME GAMES DURING HIS CAREER Head Coach Jim Davis is now 8-4 in overtime games during his career at Clemson. He has also guided the Lady Tigers to five straight wins in overtime games. Clemson defeated Maryland 74-70 in overtime on February 12. Last season, the Lady Tigers were 2-0 in overtime as the Lady Tigers also defeated N.C. State 68-58 in overtime on February 7.

UMOH HAD MORE STEALS THAN PERSONAL FOULSItoro Umoh finished the 1997-98 season with more steals (74) than personal fouls (72), a rare occurrence in college basketball statistics.

ANDERSON HAD SUCCESSFUL SEASON IN 1997-98 Natasha Anderson was the Lady Tigers third leading scorer with a 9.9 ppg. average in 1997-98. She was named the MVP at the Bahamas Shootout in Nassau, Bahamas on December 22-23 Anderson scored a career-high 28 points in the Florida State game on February 27. She finished in a tie for second place on the team in rebounding with a 4.8 rpg. mark. She had a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Florida State on 1-29-98.

CLEMSON DEFEATED THREE TOP-10 TEAMS IN 1997-98 With the 68-58 win over N.C. State on February 7, Clemson defeated three top-10 teams in 1997-98. Clemson defeated fifth-ranked North Carolina 77-63 on January 2. On January 5, Clemson defeated ninth-ranked Virginia 74-67. This was the first time in the schools history that the Lady Tigers have defeated two top-10 teams in consecutive games. The North Carolina and Virginia games were 72 hours apart.

CLEMSON BROKE ATTENDANCE RECORD Clemson broke the single-game home attendance record in the Lady Tigers 68-58 win over N.C. State on February 7. A crowd of 4,871 attended the game, a Clemson single game home record for womens basketball.

CLEMSONS RECORD VS. RANKED TEAMS Coach Jim Davis has defeated 36 top 25 teams since his arrival at Clemson in the 1987-88 season. At Littlejohn Coliseum, he has a 24-16 record vs. Associated Press Top 25 teams. This past season, Clemson was 4-7 vs. top 25 teams.

GEREN NAMED ACC PLAYER-OF-THE-WEEK TWICE IN 1997-98 Amy Geren was named ACC Player-of-the-Week twice during the 1997-98 campaign. The first honor came on December 15, for her performance in Clemsons 72-61 upset win over Duke on December 13. In the Duke game, Geren scored 26 points and was 10-14 from the field. She was also 4-4 from the three-point line. The second honor came on January 5, as Geren scored 24 points in Clemsons 77-63 upset over fifth-ranked North Carolina on Friday, January 2.

CLEMSON’S DEFENSE Under Coach Jim Davis, the Clemson Lady Tigers have held opponents to 50 points or less 47 times and have never allowed an opponent to reach the 100-point plateau. All 45 games have resulted in Lady Tiger victories. The Lady Tigers have only been held to 50 points or less twice during Davis tenure.

FIRST HOME GAME RECORD Clemson now has a 21-3 record over the years when playing its first home game of the season. The Lady Tigers also have a 18-6 record over the years in season-opening games.

ALL-TIME HOME RECORD Clemson has a 242-70 record when playing in Littlejohn Coliseum for a .774 mark. In 1997-98, the Lady Tigers had a 13-0 record at Littlejohn Coliseum. This was the first time in history the Lady Tigers had finished a season undefeated at home. Clemson has now won 15 games in a row in Littlejohn Coliseum. The school record is 17.

100% GRADUATION RATE Since the beginning of the womens basketball program at Clemson in 1975-76, 100% of the players staying for four years have graduated.

GEREN IS CAREER LEADER FOR BEST FREE THROW PCT. Amy Geren is Clemsons career leader for best free throw percentage with an .848 mark. During her career she is 223-263 from the free throw line.

GEREN FINISHES EIGHTH NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW PCT. Amy Geren finished eighth in the nation in free throw percentage with a .876 mark after the 1997-98 season.

THREE-POINT WEAPON Amy Geren is in third place on the Clemson career list for most three-point field goals scored in a career (155).

CLEMSONS CAREER LIST FOR MOST 3PT GOALS MADE

    Name           Yrs Years     GP   FGA    FGM1.  Tara Saunooke  4   1991-95  121   586    2522.  Kerry Boyatt   4   1989-93  121   450    1783.  Amy Geren      3+  1995-     97   419    155

UMOH AND GEREN MOVING UP CAREER SCORING CHART Itoro Umoh is 14th on the Clemson career list for most points scored with 1,056. Amy Geren has 1,027 points and is 15th on the Clemson career list for most points scored.

POINTS SCORED

Rk.  Name                Yrs.   Years     GP     Avg.    Points 1.  Barbara Kennedy      4    1978-82   127    24.5      3113 2.  Janet Knight         4    1982-86   114    15.7      1795 3.  Shandy Bryan         4    1989-93   126    12.9      1631 4.  Karen Ann Jenkins    4    1985-89   111    13.6      1514 5.  Mary Anne Cubelic    4    1979-83   119    12.6      1501 6.  Tara Saunooke        4    1991-95   121    12.1      1462 7.  Bobbie Mims          4    1976-80   126    11.5      1448 8.  Kerry Boyatt         4    1989-93   121    11.8      1422 9.  Donna Forester       2    1976-78    63    20.2      127010.  Louise Greenwood     4    1985-89   112    11.3      126811.  Cissy Bristol        5    1977-82   104    11.8      122912.  Peggy Caple          4    1981-85   119     9.9      117313.  Laura Cottrell       4    1993-97   119     9.3      110814.  Itoro Umoh           3+   1995-      98    10.8      105615.  Amy Geren            3+   1995-      97    10.5      1027

DAVIS IS THE FOURTH WINNINGEST COACH IN ACC HISTORY Head Coach Jim Davis is the fifth all-time winningest coach in the history of the ACC with 237 victories. He is also fourth for most victories in ACC games with 101. He is also the third all-time winningest coach in the ACC by percentage, (.679). Davis is also tied for fourth for the best winning percentage in the ACC Tournament with a .600 figure (15-10).

CLEMSON TOUGH AT HOME IN 1997-98 Clemson had a 13-0 record at home during the 1997-98 season. The Lady Tigers also averaged 2,504 fans per each game. The 13 wins set a school record for the first undefeated season at home. Clemson had 9,000 fans at the Duke game on 1-9-80. This is the fifth most fans ever to see a game in ACC history.

UMOH IS IN FIFTH PLACE FOR MOST STEALS Itoro Umoh is in fifth place on the Clemson career list for most steals. Currently she has 211 steals and is also fourth all-time at Clemson for most steals per game with a 2.15 figure.

CLEMSON CAREER STEAL LEADERS

     Name              Yrs.   Years     GP    S/G    Steals 1.  Barbara Kennedy    4    1978-82   127   2.57     327 2.  Ramona ONeal       4    1985-89   117   2.44     286 3.  Debra Buford       4    1977-81   127   1.88     239 4.  Bobbie Mims        4    1976-80   126   1.77     224 5.  Itoro Umoh         3+   1995-      98   2.15     211 

ITORO UMOH IS ONE OF CLEMSONS BEST ALL-TIME PLAY MAKERS Itoro Umoh is 10th on the Clemson career list for most assists with 304. She has averaged 3.10 assists per game during her career.

CLEMSON CAREERASSISTS LEADERS

     Name              Yrs.    Years          GP      A/G     Asts         1.  Bobbie Mims        4   1976-80          126     4.89      617 2.  Melinda Ashworth   4   1982-86          111     4.17      463 3.  Susan Fehling      3   1983-85, 87-88    87     4.72      411 4.  Drema Greer        2   1977-79           61     6.54      399 5.  Mary Anne Cubelic  4   1979-83          119     3.29      392 6.  Jennie Lyerly      4   1978-82          122     3.09      377 7.  Dana Puckett       4   1990-94          117     3.18      373 8.  Ramona ONeal       4   1985-89          117     2.72      319 9.  Cheryl Nix         4   1984-88          112     2.79      31210.  Itoro Umoh         3+  1995-98           98     3.10      304

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