Feb. 25, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. — Chrissy Floyd scored 26 points and Krystal Scott added 13 in leading Clemson to a 63-52 win over N.C. State in an Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball game at Raleigh, NC Monday night.
Clemson is now 17-10 overall, and 9-7 in the ACC. N.C. State falls to 13-14 overall, 7-9 in league play. The Lady Tigers have won eight of the past 11 meetings with the Wolfpack including a sweep of this season’s two game series.
With the win, Clemson will be third seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament on March 1-4. The Lady Tigers will play sixth-seeded N.C. State at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night, March 2. In Head Coach Jim Davis’ 15 years at Clemson, the Lady Tigers have been seeded third or better seven times in the ACC Tournament.
Floyd finished 10-14 from the field and 4-7 from the three-point line. She also was 2-2 from the free throw line. Floyd finished the game with five rebounds and three assists.
N.C. State was led in scoring by Kaayla Chones with 11 points. She also finished the game with nine rebounds.
Both teams had 32 rebounds each, but Clemson had 13 offensive boards compared to N.C. State’s 8. Tia Andrew led Clemson in rebounding with seven. In the first half, N.C. State jumped to a 11-0 lead with 13:52 left on the clock. Kaayla Chones scored six points in this run. The Wolfpack extended had a 15-6 lead with 8:47 left as Kendra Bell scored from the left side. Clemson narrowed the lead to 18-17 with 4:25 remaining as the Lady Tigers outscored N.C. State 11-3 behind Floyd’s seven points.
The Lady Tigers took its first lead of the game 23-21 with 1:41 on the clock as Chrissy Floyd hit a three-point field goal from the right center. The Wolfpack scored the next five points and took a 26-23 lead at the half.
In the first half, Floyd scored 15 of Clemson’s 23 points. The Wolfpack hit 11-22 from the field for a .500 pct. Clemson shot 9-28 from the floor for a .321 mark.
In the second half, Clemson tied the score 28-28 with 17:37 left to go in the game as Krystal Scott hit one of two free throws. The lead changed three times, and the Lady Tigers took a 35-33 lead with 15:24 left to go on a Krystal Scott layup. From this point, Clemson went on a 16-7 run and had a 51-40 lead with 7:52 remaining as Floyd scored seven points in this run.
Clemson had its largest lead of the game 57-41 with 4:19 left as Floyd hit a jumper. The Lady Tigers equaled this lead as Floyd hit another layp (59-43) with 3:58 left. N.C. State narrowed the Clemson lead to nine 61-52 with 1:34 remaining as Carisse Moody hit a layup. Clemson’s Tia Andrew and Marci Glenney both hit one of two free throws to make the final score 63-52.
The Lady Tigers shot 15-29 in the second half for a .517 pct. For the game, the Lady Tigers shot 24-57 from the field for a .421 mark. N.C. State shot 9-23 from the floor for a .391 pct. For the game the Wolfpack shot 20-45 from the field for a .444 mark.
N.C. State committed 22 turnovers compared to Clemson’s 13.
“I am thrilled with our basketball team,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. “This was a game that we were deeply concerned about. Our basketball team a lot of times this year has not been a clutch team. Players make plays. We had a lot of players step up on both sides of the ball and make plays. I am very proud of our basketball team.”
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