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Clemson Lady Tigers to Face Arkansas Friday in NCAA Tournament

Clemson Lady Tigers to Face Arkansas Friday in NCAA Tournament

March 14, 2002

MANHATTAN, KS – The Clemson Lady Tiger basketball team will play Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Bramlage Coliseum Friday night at 7:00 p.m. eastern time in Manhattan, KS.

Arkansas is seeded sixth while Clemson is the 11th seed. The game can be heard live on WCCP-FM 104.9 Clemson, SC. Jim Phillips and Barbara Kennedy will bring the action.

Clemson has a 17-11 record overall and have won seven of their last 11 games this season. Arkansas has a 19-11 record overall this year and has won nine of their last 12 game this year.

The Lady Tigers are led in scoring by Chrissy Floyd with a 17.8 ppg. average. Krystal Scott is Clemson’s second leading scorer with a 10.5 ppg. mark. Maggie Slosser leads the team in rebounding with a 5.0 rpg. average.

Arkansas is led is scoring by Shameka Christon with a 15.9 ppg mark. India Lewis is second on the squad in scoring with a 14.2 ppg. average. Christon leads the team in rebouding with a 6.1 rpg. mark.

Under Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis, the Lady Tigers have been to 14 NCAA Tournaments in his 15 years at Clemson. Under Davis, Clemson has been to four NCAA Final 16s (1989, 1990, 1991, and 1999) and to one NCAA Final Eight (1991).

Quotes From Head Coach Jim Davis at the NCAA Press Conference at Bramlage Coliseum Thursday afternoon.

Jim Davis. “It is a honor to be here. We are a basketball team that has grown this season. We were an inexperienced team at the beginning of the year, especially in the front court. But this team has grown and we are playing our best basketball right now. Clemson and Arkansas have a lot of similarities. I have known Arkansas’ coach Gary Blair for a long time. They rely on the perimeter game like we do. They are athletic like we are.

We like an up-tempo style like they do. We hang our hat on defense just like Arkansas. With this said, I think it is going to be an exciting game.

We are delighted to be here. They have sold over 9,000 tickets and it is going to be an incredible atmosphere. It is going to be exciting game. Some of the keys to the game involve the perimeter game. We have to handle the ball against their pressure and do a better job contesting the three point shot. Arkansas relies on the three-point shot.” We have to handle the ball well against their pressure and do a better job contesting the three-point shot. They rely on three point shooting.”

Clemson Probable Starters F-Marci Glenney 5-11 SR 10.0 ppg. 3.8 rpg. F-Leah Roper 5-11 JR 5.3 ppg. 4.9 rpg. C-Maggie Slosser 6-2 SO 6.4 ppg. 5.0 rpg. G-Krystal Scott 5-8 SR 10.5 ppg. 3.3 rpg. G-Chrissy Floyd 5-9 JR 17.8 ppg. 3.7 rpg.

Arkansas Probable Starters F-Shameka Christon 6-2 SO 15.9 ppg. 6.9 rpg. C-Kiesha Beard 6-3 FR 3.4 ppg. 5.3 rpg. G-India Lewis 5-5 JR 14.2 ppg. 2.6 rpg. G—Dana Cherry 5-8 JR 13.4 ppg. 4.8 rpg. G-Amy Wright 5-7 SR 6.3 ppg. 3.1 apg.