March 1, 2006
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The 2006 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament is set to tip-off on Thursday, March 2 and will end with the championship game on Sunday, March 5. The Clemson Lady Tigers (8-20, 2-12), seeded 12th, will face fifth-seed NC State on Thursday at 4:00 PM. NC State edged the Lady Tigers in the match-up earlier this season, claiming a 78-69 decision on Feb. 16 in Clemson, SC. The winner will then face the number four seed Florida State at 4:00 PM on Friday in a televised game.
Clemson has been led by senior Amanda Frist and sophomore Maxienne White. White is atop both the scoring and rebounding categories for the Lady Tigers, averaging 11.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. She has been especially dangerous during the conference season, draining 16 of her 18 three-point field goals against ACC opponents. The native of Pensacola, FL is averaging 13.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in ACC games.
Frist, who has scored in double figures in Clemson’s last nine games, ranks second on the team with both 10.8 point per game and 5.0 rebound per game averages. She is also converting 56.9% of her field goals. Leading the Lady Tigers in assists is point guard Tasha Taylor. The sophomore from Columbus, GA has handed out 160 this season and ranks third in the ACC with a 5.71 assist per game ratio.
Scouting the Wolfpack The NC State Wolfpack enters the 2006 ACC Tournament as the number five seed after posting a 7-7 record in conference games. The Wolfpack also boasts a 17-10 overall mark.
Four NC State players average in double figures for Head Coach Kay Yow’s team. Tiffany Stansbury leads the Pack with a 12.4 scoring average while pulling down an average of 6.9 rebounds per game. Khadijah Whittington leads the team on the boards with a 7.9 rebound per game average, while scoring 10.3 points per game. Billie McDowell and Ashley Key also average more than 10.0 points per game.
NC State averages 69.3 points per game as a team while shooting 43.8% from the field. The Wolfpack holds its opponents to just 63.2 points per game with a .396 field goal percentage. NC State has also won the battles on the boards, out-rebounding the opposition by a 3.3 rebound per game margin.
Clemson’s ACC Tournament History The Clemson women’s basketball team has a 27-25 overall record in the 29-year history of the ACC Tournament. The Lady Tigers have won the championship twice and advanced to the final game on six occasions. Clemson has reached the semifinal game 17 times in history. The Lady Tigers have played in just two first-round games, winning one and losing the other.
As this is the first year the ACC has had 12 teams, it also marks the first year that Clemson has been the #12 seed. Last season, as the 11th seed, the Lady Tigers fell to #6 seed Maryland, 66-55, in the first round.
When Facing NC State The Clemson Lady Tigers and NC State Wolfpack have met 13 times during the ACC Tournament, with the Wolfpack holding a 9-4 advantage in those games. The two teams last met in the tournament during the 2004 season. Third-seeded NC State edged #6 seed Clemson, 45-43, in the quarterfinal match-up played at the Greensboro Coliseum.
“Lady Tiger Veterans In the ACC Tournament
Lauren Allen (#24) – has seen just one minute of action in apossible four ACC Tournament games; recorded a steal againstMaryland last season Adrianne Bradshaw (#50) – played 10 minutesagainst Maryland in the 2005 ACC Tournament, collected one reboundand one steal Amanda Frist (#44) – in four ACC Tournament games,has played 106 total minutes while scoring 25 points and pullingdown 25 rebounds for averages of 6.25 for each; has also recordedfour blocks and three assists; last season, recorded six points and10 rebounds against Maryland D’Lesha Lloyd (323) – played 30minutes in 2005 ACC Tournament game against Maryland; had threerebounds, one blocked shot, one steal and two points Julie Talley(#12) – has seen significant action in four ACC Tournament games,averaging over 18 minutes; is 5-9 from three-point range in thetournament; shooting 85.7% from the free throw line (6-7) TashaTaylor (#3) – played 25 minutes against Maryland in last year’stournament; was 2-5 from the field for six points; also had threeassists, three rebounds and a steal in the contest Maxienne White(#1) – scored six points and collected four rebounds in just 11minutes of play against Maryland in the 2005 ACC Tournament CarrieWhitehurst (#33) – has seen 14 minutes of play in two ACCTournament games; had three points and a steal against Marylandlast season
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