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Women’s Basketball To Play Host To #11/12 Florida State In Pink Zone Game

Women’s Basketball To Play Host To #11/12 Florida State In Pink Zone Game

Feb. 18, 2009

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CLEMSON, SC – The Lady Tiger basketball team will play host to #11/12 Florida State on Thursday in a designated Pink Zone game, sponsored by Firehouse Subs and Tigertown Graphics. Clemson (13-13, 2-9 ACC) and the Seminoles (21-5, 9-1 ACC) are scheduled to begin play at 7:00 pm in a televised contest at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Pink Zone is an initiative by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Pink Zone Notes • Fans wearing pink will be admitted free of charge to the game • Members of the Clemson marketing staff will be taking donations and/or pledges for every Clemson free throw made on Thursday night. All funds will be given to the Kay Yow Foundation • Pink T-shirts will be available for purchase for $10 • Check www.clemsontigers.com for more information. Broadcast Notes • Thursday’s game will be televised on CSS • Paul Crane will call the play-by-play and Robin Muller will serve as color analyst • The game will be broadcast on the airwaves on the Clemson Tiger Sports Network • Don Munson will call the play-by-play with Kanetra Queen providing color commentary • Livestats will be available on www.clemsontigers.com. Clemson Quick Notes • Thursday’s game has been designated as Clemson’s Pink Zone contest and the Lady Tigers will be sporting pink jerseys in support of the cause • Florida State will be the fifth ranked team Clemson has faced this season • The Seminoles won the earlier match-up between the two teams but hadn’t climbed into the polls at that point • Thursday’s game will be Clemson’s seventh televised contest. The team is scheduled for eight broadcasts this season, the most since 2002-03 • Head Coach Cristy McKinney has used 12 different starting lineups this season with 10 different players earning the assignment • Lele Hardy became just the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 career points, doing so with 13 points in the Lady Tigers’ game against Virginia Tech • Hardy now ranks 17th all-time with 1,059 career points • Hardy’s 265 career steals are tied for third in school history with Itoro Umoh for third-place, which is noteworthy because Umoh (now Coleman) recruited Hardy to Clemson when she was an assistant here • The Lady Tigers are ranked 113th in the RPI, according to realtimeRPI.com; Lele Hardy ranks fourth in the ACC in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and scoring (16.8 ppg) • Hardy ranks eighth nationally in steals, through Feb. 15 games, and has scored in double figures in all but three games this season • Hardy holds the school record with a 3.04 career steals per game average • Taylor and Christy Brown both rank in the top six for career assists per game • Taylor ranks fourth all-time with 419 career assists • Tasha Taylor graduated on Dec. 18 with a degree in sport management • The Lady Tigers won five straight games from late November to mid-December after trailing at halftime, a program first • With a 8-2 record though the first 10 games of the season, Clemson had its best start since the 2003-04 season and its best record through 10 games under Head Coach Cristy McKinney • Clemson won the Husky Classic over the Thanksgiving weekend Lele Hardy was named the MVP of the Husky Classic while Whitney Hood was selected to the all-tournament team • Clemson has nine players from the state of Georgia on its roster, which is tops in the nation for a school in a different state, according to a survey by the SID at George Mason Series Notes • Thursday will be the 38th meeting in a series that dates back to 1980. • Clemson won 23 of the first 24 match-ups while the Florida State has been the victor in 12 of the last 13. • The Lady Tigers posted a come-from-behind win in Tallahassee to end the 2007-08 regular season, erasing a 14-point halftime deficit to win the game on a last second shot by Morganne Campbell. • The Seminoles won the first match-up between the two teams this year, defeating Clemson by an 80-54 margin in Tallahassee on Jan. 11. • Overall, Clemson leads the series by a 24-13 margin with an 11-6 record in games played on its home court.

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