Jan. 20, 2005
Clemson’s women’s basketball team lost its third consecutive game on Thursday, 81-66 to #23 Virginia Tech at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Hokies, who improved to 12-4 (2-2) with the win, shot 46.8 percent for the game and scored 28 points off turnovers. The Lady Tigers, now 7-9 overall (1-3), committed 25 turnovers and shot 35.2 percent from the field.
D’Lesha Lloyd recorded her first career double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing career-high 13 rebounds. In fact, the 13 rebounds tied a season high for any Clemson individual. Tasha Taylor and Maxienne White both set career highs in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively. White added seven rebounds. Reggie Maddox and Julie Talley added nine and eight points, respectively.
Moreemi Davis and Carrie Whitehurst both scored five points, while Khaili Sanders had four to go along with eight rebounds. Lauren Allen, two starting post players for Clemson, were held scoreless in the game.
For Virginia Tech, Kirby Copeland led the way with 15 points, three assists, and two steals. Three other Hokies scored in double figures, Dawn Chriss, Britney Anderson, and Carrie Mason. The Hokies had 18 assists in the game, compared to just eight for Clemson.
In the first half, Clemson trailed just 15-14 after a made free throw by Tasha Phillips. However, Virginia Tech put together a 15-2 scoring run to extend its first-half lead to 16 points. A pair of three-pointers by Fran Recchia helped ignite the run. Clemson actually cut the deficit to 11 with under a minute to play before halftime. But Mason nailed a long three-pointer as time expired to put the Hokies up 39-25 at the break.
Clemson was outscored by just one point in the second half and scored 20 of its 40 points in the final 5:45 of the game. The Hokies shot 53.8 percent in the second half, while the Lady Tigers improved to 41 percent. Virginia Tech finished with a +1 rebounding edge and got to the free throw line 29 times compared to just 14 for Clemson.
The Lady Tigers next play Sunday, January 23 against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 PM from Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
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