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Clemson – Virginia Postgame Notes

Jan. 8, 2012

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Clemson vs. Virginia Game Notes Littlejohn Coliseum – January 8, 2012 – 2:00 PM

Team Notes * Before Nikki Dixon’s made three-pointer at the 17:51 mark of today’s game, Clemson had gone exactly 59:00 without a three-point field goal. The Tigers finished the game 4 for 16 on three-pointers.

* Clemson shot .476 percent in the first half of today’s game. That is the highest field goal percentage in a half for the Tigers since Clemson shot .481 percentage in the first half against Providence on December 22, 2011. That is the highest field goal percentage in seven straight halves of basketball.

* Defensively, Clemson held Virginia to just .286 percentage shooting in the first half. That is lowest field goal percentage in a half by an opponent since the Tigers held NC Central to just .281 percent shooting in the second half of that game. That is the lowest opponent field goal percentage in eight straight halves of play.

* Ironically, that was Clemson’s highest field goal percentage in a half against an ACC opponent since last season when the Tigers shot .481 percentage in the second half also against Virginia. In addition, Virginia’s .286 percent shooting in the first half was the lowest by an ACC opponent against the Tigers since last season when Clemson held Virginia to just .276 percent shooting in the first half.

* The Lady Tigers held Virginia to .286 shooting percentage for the game. That is the lowest shooting percentage by ACC opponent since the 2009-10 season when Clemson held NC State to just .250 percent shooting. This is the first time since November 21, 2005 that Clemson held an opponent below .300 percent shooting and lost. That day, Clemson held Mississippi to just .294 percent shooting yet lost the game 70-66.

* Despite losing the last four games, Clemson has held their last four opponents to just 54.8 points per game. Those four opponents entered those games averaging 63.5 points per game. Therefore, the Lady Tigers have held those four opponents to 8.7 points lower than they were averaging coming into those games.

* Clemson held Virginia’s two leading scorers, Ariana Moorer (13.1 ppg) and Ataira Franklin (12.9 ppg) to a combined nine points on 3-18 (.167) shooting in 71 minutes, and a 1-9 mark behind the arc

* Clemson held Virginia to 3-19 (.158) shooting from behind the arc, the third-best three-point defensive effort of the season

Individual Notes * Kelly Gramlich led the Tigers with 15 points in today’s game. That is the fourth double-figure point game of her career. She hit three 3-point goals, giving her a team-high 21 on the season.

* Nikki Dixon added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds in today’s game. Dixon hit a three-pointer in the first half that not only ended a team drought of 59:00 with a three but also was her first three-pointer in in three games.

* Chelsea Lindsay tied a career-high in assists with six.

* Lauren Couch recorded her first career assist and first two career rebounds in a career-high seven minutes in today’s game.