Dec. 21, 2003
December 21, 2003
PITTSBURGH, OH – Lakeia Stokes scored 21 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead the Clemson women’s basketball team to a 62-47 win over the University of Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA. With the win, the Lady Tigers improve to 9-1 on the season, while the Panthers fall to 3-5.
The teams went into intermission knotted at 27. Clemson shot 42.9% from the field in the first half and pulled down 19 rebounds. Pittsburgh shot 30.8% from the field and also pulled down 19 rebounds. The key difference in the first half was the free throw attempts. The Panthers went to the line 13 times (9-13) and the Lady Tigers went to the line 4 times (2-4).
To start the second half, the Lady Tigers scored nine unanswered points to take a 36-27 lead that it would not relinquish. Stokes scored nine points in the first eight minutes of the second half to lead the team.
Stokes led the team in scoring with 21 points and in rebounding with eight. Clemson shot 26-57 from the field, for a 45.6 shooting percentage. The Lady Tigers recorded 40 rebounds.
Pittsburgh was led in scoring and in rebounding by Jennifer Brown who recorded 16 points and 13 rebounds. As a team, the Panthers shot 26.8% from the field and pulled down 38 rebounds.
“I thought Lakeia Stokes was the importance behind our second half surge,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. “Her ability to get to the basket and her ability to create shots for others was the difference in the game. I think any time you can get a win over a Big East opponent on the road, you better take it and run with it.”
The Lady Tigers are off until after Christmas when they play host to Coastal Carolina on Dec. 29, 2003. Tip off is slated for 7:00 PM. Clemson will begin its conference play on Jan. 2 at Virginia, followed by a Jan. 4 game at North Carolina.
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