March 6, 2009
Recap | Final Stats
Team Notes Clemson finished the season with a 14-17 overall record, which is the most program wins in a year since 2003-04. The Lady Tigers are now 29-30 all-time at the ACC Tournament. Clemson fell to North Carolina in the second round of the tournament for the second straight year. The Tar Heels ended the Lady Tigers’ 2007-08 season with a 97-77 win, while Friday’s was a 19-point margin. Clemson won a game in the ACC Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1998 and 1999. The -26 rebounding margin (59-33) was the third worst in Lady Tiger history. The record was 28 against Duke in the 2006-07 season.
Individual Notes Lele Hardy set the ACC record for steals in two games at the ACC Tournament. The junior had 12 in Clemson’s two games to better the previous mark of 10, which she had tied in the 2008 event. Hardy tallied seven steals against Georgia Tech in the first round and then had five against North Carolina in the quarterfinals. Hardy finished the year with 106 steals to rank second in Clemson history for a single season. She now holds two of the top three marks as she had 98 as a freshman in 2006-07. With the 12 steals in the tournament, Hardy now has 286 for her career to tie Ramona O’Neal for second place all-time. Hardy also moved into a tie for 19th place in ACC history for career steals with O’Neal and Andrea Stinson of NC State. Hardy also holds the Clemson career record for steals per game with a 3.10 figure which also ranks in a tie for seventh in conference history. Hardy now has 25 steals in five career games at the ACC Tournament. Senior Tasha Taylor’s Clemson career ended on Friday afternoon. She finished with 856 career points and 433 career assists. The assist mark ranks fourth in Lady Tiger history and her 3.73 assists per game average is fifth-best all-time. Shaniqua Pauldo’s 23 points against Georgia Tech in the opening round was the most points for a Clemson freshman in an ACC Tournament game since Karen Ann Jenkins scored 25 in 1986.
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