Dec. 7, 2007
CLEMSON, SC – Four Lady Tigers scored in double figures as the Clemson women’s basketball team defeated James Madison, 69-60, at Littlejohn Coliseum on Friday night. Sophomore Christy Brown led the Lady Tigers with 11 points, while her classmates Lele Hardy, April Parker each turned in 10-point performances.
The win was Clemson’s second straight, putting the team above .500 for the season at 6-5.
“This was a great win for our program,” said Lady Tiger Head Coach Cristy McKinney. “James Madison is a great team, and our girls played outstanding tonight.”
Clemson led by as many as 11 in the first half before James Madison caught up at 27-27 with 4:46 remaining. The Dukes were on top for just 1:34 as Kirstyn Wright knocked down a three-pointer from the left wing for a 33-31 Lady Tiger advantage.
Freshman Sthefany Thomas then hit long-range shot to put Clemson ahead by five at the break.
The Lady Tigers extended their lead back to 11 with a 6-0 run to start the second half, and the margin hit 12 points (50-38) on a jumper by Christy Brown at the 12:30 mark. James Madison came within six several times in the period, but Clemson responded each time to maintain control of the game.
“The team stayed consistent throughout the game,” McKinney added. “I told them at halftime to keep playing hard, and I am proud of the girls tonight.”
The Lady Tigers shot 26-of-50 from the field for a .473 percentage and held the Dukes to just 29.1-percent from the field (23-79).
Junior Moreemi Davis led Clemson on the boards with a career-high 11 rebounds and also recorded five blocks on the night.
Tamera Young led all scorers with 14 points for James Madison (6-2) and also earned high rebounding honors with 16.
The Lady Tigers will have a nine-day layoff due to semester exams and will return to the court on Sunday, Dec. 16 to play host to Charleston Southern. Game time is set for 2:00 pm from Littlejohn Coliseum.
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