Jan. 31, 2000
CLEMSON, S.C. – ACC Freshman of the Year candidate Chrissy Floyd scored 22 points in 27 minutes off the bench, leading Clemson to a 72-43 women’s basketball victory over Georgia Tech at Littlejohn Coliseum Monday evening. The victory brought Clemson to 14-7 overall, 5-4 in the ACC, while Tech fell to 11-8 overall, 4-5 in the ACC.
The contest was the first game of the second half of the ACC schedule for both teams. Tech had defeated Clemson in Atlanta on December 4 by an 81-62, Clemson’s worst margin of defeat of the year. Jim Davis’s team returned the favor Monday. The 29-point loss tied for the worst margin of defeat for Georgia Tech this year. Tech was coming off a six-point road win at Maryland.
Defense played a big key in the game as the 43 points by Tech were a season low. The Yellow Jackets shot just 32.1 percent from the field, 21 percent on three-point shots, and made just 6-16 free throws. Clemson forced 20 turnovers and committed just 11 on offense.
Georgia Tech was led in scoring by Amy Lingerfelder, who had 19 points off the bench, including three three-point baskets. She had eight of their 17 field goals. Regina Tate, scored just four points, but had a game high 13 rebounds. Jaime Kruppa, who had a double-double against Clemson in the first meeting (16 and 11) was held to six points and six rebounds on Monday.
Clemson jumped to a 16-6 lead in the game’s first five minutes behind the play of Angie Cossey and Joannie Mungro. Cossey, who had not scored in 20 minutes of play in the first meeting between the two teams, connected on a pair of three-point shots in the first five minutes. Mungro had four points on a pair of offensive rebounds.
Clemson held a nine-point lead with 3:41 left in the opening half when the Tigers went on an 8-2 run and led 33-18 at intermission. Cossey led the Lady Tigers in the first half with 10 points, while Mungro had six rebounds, four offensive. Clemson held Georgia Tech to 8-27 shooting in the first half.
Clemson wasted little time in opening the lead to 20 points at 41-21 in the first five minutes of the second half. At that point in the game, guards had scored 29 of Clemson’s 41 points. Floyd, who scored 16 in the second half, keyed a run to the 20-point lead. The freshman hit 9-14 from the field for the game and her 22 points were her high against an ACC team this year.
Clemson advanced to margin to 32 points late in the game. The second half scoring included a desperation three-point goal to beat the shot clock by Jim Davis’s emptied his bench with three minutes left. Twelve of the 14 Lady Tigers who played made a field goal.
Cossey, a 41 percent three-point shooter at home and just 29 percent on the road, ended the game 13 points, while Krystal Scott had eight points and seven rebounds. Mungro had seven points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Tigers shot 47 percent from the field and 40 percent on three-point goals. Clemson won the rebounding 43-36.
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