Dec. 18, 2001
STATE COLLEGE, PA – Marci Glenney scored a season-high 20 points and Chrissy Floyd added 18 in leading Clemson to a 73-69 upset win over 24th ranked Penn State in a women’s intercollegiate basketball game at State College, PA Tuesday night.
Clemson improves to 6-3 overall, while Penn State falls to 6-4 this season. The Lady Lions are ranked 24th by the USA Today. Glenney finished the game 7-10 from the field, and 3-3 from the three-point line. She also was 3-4 from the free throw line. She came within one point of tying her career high. The Lady Tigers were led in rebounding by Maggie Slosser with seven boards. It was also Head Coach Jim Davis’ 50th win over a top 25 team in his career at Clemson. Penn State was led in scoring by Kelly Mazzante with 31 points. She was 9-20 from the field and 5-8 from the three-point line. She was also 8-9 from the free throw stripe. Ashli Schwab had 11 rebounds for the Lady Lions.
In the first half, Penn State extended a 10-5 lead and went on a 10-2 run and took a 20-7 lead with 12:20 left in the first half. Kelly Mazzante scored five points in this run for the Lady Lions. The Lady Tigers ralled and outscored Penn State 14-5 behind Chrissy Floyd’s five points and Clemson narrowed the lead to 25-21 with 8:15 left. From this point, Clemson outscored Penn State 10-2 and took a 31-30 lead at the half. Lakeia Stokes scored five points in the last Lady Tiger run before intermission. Penn State shot 12-35 in the first half for a .343 pct. Clemson was 13-31 from the floor for a .419 pct.
In the second half, Clemson went on a 13-4 run in the first four minutes of the half behind three three-pointers by Glenney to take a 44-34 lead with 15:46 left in the game The Lady Tigers took its largest lead of the game, 20 points (58-38) as Chrissy Floyd’s hit a layup with 11:24 left. Penn State only hit two field goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
The Lady Lions came storming back. With Clemson leading 60-43 with 9:21 left Penn State went on a 24-9 rally and came within two points of the Lady Tigers 69-67 with 1:15 remaining behind 13 points from Mazzante. Leah Roper put the Lady Tigers ahead 71-67 with a layup. Mazzante hit two free throws and again Penn State came within two, 71-69, with :27 left. Clemson’s Krystal Scott missed the front end of a one and one with :18 seconds showing on the clock. The Lady Lions’ Katrena Carr missed two free throws as Roper fouled her with :09 second remaining. Marci Glenney rebounded and was fouled by Mazzanate with:05 seconds left. Glenney hit two free throws with five seconds remaining to preserve the win.
In the second half, Clemson shot 17-35 from the field for a .486 pct. For the game the Lady Tigers were 30-66 from the floor for a .455 mark. . Penn State shot 12-32 from the field in the second half for a .375 figure.
For the game, the Lady Lions shot 24-67 from the floor for a .358 mark. “Penn State is a class program,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. “They never quit and they have a quality program. I am very proud of our team. I am so happy we held on to win. We needed this victory, especially on the road. We have struggled on the road this season. Marci Glenney came up big for us tonight. She has struggled offensively, and in practice yesterday, she told me that she was back. Chrissy Floyd’s also played an outstanding game. We did let Penn State back in the game. I think we lost our aggressiveness and we grew complacent. I think we controlled the tempo of the game. I issued a challenged to our team to play weigh more mental toughness and our team responded.
“We played we more aggressiveness, and I think this was the key for us,” said Clemson’s Chrissy Floyd’s. We took advantage of what they gave us and we were able to take advantage of mismatches.”
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