Nov. 26, 2008
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s basketball team will head to Washington state for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Lady Tigers (3-2) will take on Kent State (3-0) on Friday in the first round of the Washington Husky Classic. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm (Eastern). Clemson will then face either the host-Huskies (1-2) or Seattle (1-1) on Sunday. The consolation game will be played at 3:00 pm (Eastern) and will be followed by the championship game.
Broadcast Notes * Livestats will be available on the Washington Husky Athletic Homepage, www.GoHuskies.com.
Clemson Quick Notes * Clemson will be playing its first games in the state of Washington in the history of the program * The trip will be the Lady Tigers’ first to the Pacific Coast since they played at UCLA and San Diego on Nov. 24 and Nov. 26, respectively, during the 2004-05 season * Clemson has not faced any of the three teams – Kent State, Washington, Seattle – that make up the remainder of the field of the Husky Classic * Head Coach Cristy McKinney has used four different starting lineups in Clemson’s five games * The Lady Tigers committed just seven turnovers against Winthrop on Nov. 25, which was the second fewest all-time * Lele Hardy’s 32 points against Georgia State on Nov. 22 were the most for a Lady Tiger in five years. * Taylor and Lele Hardy’s 203 career steals are seventh in school history * Hardy holds the school record with a 3.07 career steals per game average * Clemson has nine players from the state of Georgia on its roster, which is tops in the nation for a school in a different state, according to a survey by the SID at George Mason * The Lady Tigers were predicted to finish ninth in the preseason ACC poll * Clemson returns nine letterwinners and has six freshmen for the 2008-09 season * Sthefany Thomas spent her offseason traveling with the Argentinean national team to the South America Championships and the FIBA Olympic Qualifier * The 2008-09 Clemson women’s basketball roster has quite the athletic lineage. Six players have parents and/or siblings that also played a sport at the Division I level * McKinney and her staff signed North Carolina point guard Keyrra Gillespie on Nov. 12. Gillespie will join the Lady Tiger program for the 2009-10 season.
Series Notes * Clemson has not faced any of the three teams – Kent State, Washington or Seattle – that make up the Washington Husky Classic field.
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