March 17, 2004
CLEMSON, SC-Sakellie Daniels scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds in leading Charlotte to a 78-71 win over Clemson in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament at Clemson, SC Wednesday night.
With the win Charlotte improves to 17-13 overall, while Clemson ends its season with a 17-12 record.
Daniels was 5-10 from the filed and 9-11 from the free throw line. She was also 2-4 from three-point range. She also had two assists and four steals and did not have a turnover in 35 minutes of play. Teammate Leslie Cook finished the evening with 18 points and four assists.
Clemson was led in scoring by senior forward Lakeia Stokes with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Julie Talley had 14 and Khaili Sanders added 13 for the Lady Tigers.
In the first half, Daniels hit a three pointer and gave Charlotte a 22-16 lead with 9:14 left to go. Clemson went on a 9-2 run behind Stokes’ three point basket to take a 25-24 lead with 7:27 remaining.
Charlotte led 29-28 with as Daniels hit a jump shot. From this point, Clemson went on a 11-4 run to finish the half and took a 39-33 lead at the half.
The Lady Tigers maintain their lead in the first 6:20 of the second half. Two consecutive three-point baskets by Cook tied the game at 47-47 with 13:06 left.
With the score tied 49-49, Charlotte went on a 18-9 run and took its largest lead of the game 67-58 with 5:29 left on the clock. Cook had six points in this 49er run and Monica League had five.
Charlotte finished the game 22-60 from the field for a .367 pct. However the 49ers were 10-33 from the three-point line for a .303 mark.
Clemson was 25-64 from the field for a.391 pct., and 9-22 from the three-point line for a .409 figure. Charlotte committed 11 turnovers compared to Clemson’s 20. The 49ers scored 24 points off of Clemson’s 20 turnovers. In tonight’s game, Julie Aderhold moved into fourth place on Clemson’s career list for most three point field goals made in a career with 125.
This was the first time that Charlotte has defeated the Lady Tigers in women’s basketball. Clemson had won the previous nine meetings.
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