DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Clemson shot nearly 50% from the field and outscored Wright State 50-12 in the paint, leading to a 75-51 victory over the Raiders on Friday morning in the San Juan Shootout in Daytona Beach, Fla. It was the Tigers seventh straight win to open the season, and the team is now 7-0 for the first time since 1998-99. The loss was just the second of the season for Wright State, which falls to 4-2.
Clemson led 12-8 after the first quarter, which included six points by junior Alexis Carter in the first three minutes of the game. After outscoring the Raiders 28-11 in the second quarter thanks to eight points by junior Ivy Atkism and six by sophomore Aliyah Collier, the Tigers took a 40-19 lead into halftime. Atkism and Collier also posted six and eight rebounds, respectively in the first half. As a team, Clemson shot 43.8% in first half, while holding Wright State to 16.0% from the field.
The Tigers’ hot shooting continued in the third (52.9%) and fourth (53.8%) quarters, ultimately extending the lead to 34 points midway through the fourth quarter, before settling down for the 75-51 win. As a team, Clemson outscored the Raiders 50-12 in the paint, and the Tigers’ bench scored 37 points to 12 points by Wright State’s bench players.
Junior Nelly Perry led Clemson in scoring with 14 points and also dished out game-high six assists. Collier finished the game with her second double-double of the season, at 13 points and 14 rebounds. Carter was the third Tiger in double figures in the scoring column, with 11 points. Junior Victoria Cardaci and freshman Kobi Thornton finished with nine points apiece and junior Ivy Atkism recorded a season-best eight points, all in the fourth quarter, along with a career-high seven rebounds.
After playing four games in seven days, the Tigers now have a week off before returning the court. On Friday, Dec. 2, Clemson hosts Maine at 7 p.m. at Littlejohn Coliseum.
September 16, 2021