Clemson fell to its third straight top-15 opponent, this time going down to No. 9 Florida State (24-3, 11-2 ACC), 81-38, at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla. Nikki Dixon paced Clemson (9-17, 1-12 ACC) with 16 points, her 23rd contest in double-figures this season, and 16th in her last 17 games. Freshman Cha’nelle Perry added nine points on 4-8 shooting.
The Tigers just completed a stretch of eight games that included five matchups against top-15 competition.
Florida State blew open a 16-point halftime advantage with an 18-2 run out of the break to seize control of the contest. The Tigers shot just 15-53 (.283) in the contest, including just a 2-12 mark behind the arc, with both makes coming from Dixon, who also added four steals and three boards.
The loss was Clemson’s 12th in a row to Florida State, evening up the all-time series at 24-24.
Ivey Slaughter led the Seminoles with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while FSU’s leading scorer, Adut Bulgak, netted just six points, eight below her season average.
Clemson returns to action in its #Play4Kay game on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Georgia Tech.
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