Feb. 8, 2006
CLEMSON, SC – The Lady Tigers basketball team will travel to Blacksburg, VA on Thursday to face the Virginia Tech Hokies. Play is scheduled for 7:00 PM from the Cassell Coliseum. Clemson brings an 8-14 record, 2-6 in conference play, into the contest, while Virginia Tech has a 16-6 overall record with a 3-4 mark in ACC action. Fans can follow the action with Dan Scott and Kanetra Queen on 104.9 WCCP-FM.
After a 20-point, 13-rebound performance against #23 Boston College on Sunday, Clemson sophomore Maxienne White improved her season scoring average to 10.7 points per game while bettering her rebounding mark to an even 7.0 per game. The Pensacola, FL native has led the Lady Tigers in scoring nine times this season, including six of the last seven games. Senior center Amanda Frist is also averaging in double figures with a 10.0 per game ratio and ranks second on the team with a 4.8 rebound per game average. Tasha Taylor, a sophomore from Columbus, GA, is listed second in the ACC and 13th in the nation with a 5.82 assist per game mark after handing out 128 in Clemson’s 22 games.
Scouting the Hokies The Virginia Tech Hokies have lost five of their last six games after starting the season with 12 straight victories for a 16-6 overall record. They have a 3-4 mark against ACC opponents.
Four Hokies average at least 10.0 points per game with Kerri Gardin leading the squad with a 12.5 scoring average. Gardin is also averaging close to double figures in rebounding with a 9.4 ratio. Carrie Mason (12.1), Dawn Chriss (11.8) and Kirby Copeland (10.0) also average in double digits for Virginia Tech.
Overall, the Hokies are posting an average of 69.1 points per game while pulling down 39.0 rebounds per game. They are shooting 43.5% from the field and have a .351 shooting percentage from three-point range. Mason leads the team in that category, having made 43 three-pointers for a 43.4%.
The Series Thursday night’s match-up between Clemson and Virginia Tech will be just the sixth meeting between the two schools in history. The Lady Tigers hold a slight 3-2 advantage over the Hokies. However, Virginia Tech has won the last two games, including a 81-66 decision last season in Clemson, SC. The series score is tied at one win apiece in games played in Blacksburg, VA, with the Hokies winning the most recent battle on their home court during the 2001-02 season, 68-58.
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