Oct. 31, 2009
CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson women’s basketball will hold an exhibition game at Littlejohn Coliseum on Monday, November 2 at 7:00 pm against Anderson University. Cristy McKinney’s 2009-10 squad features 2009 third-team ALL-ACC selection Lele Hardy, who averaged 16.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.4 steals per game last season. Livestats will be provided on gametracker at Clemsontigers.com.
Head Coach Cristy McKinney’s enters her fifth season at the helm of the program, improving on the previous season’s win total in three of the past four years. Mckinney’s bunch is led this season by Lele Hardy, a third-team All-ACC selection in 2008-09, and an All-ACC defensive selection the same season. Hardy needs 40 steals to gain the Clemson record, and 94 steals to enter the top 25 in NCAA history.
The Tigers return more than 80.0% of their scoring from a season ago, as well as 85% of rebounding, and 90% of three-pointers made. Clemson will look to seniors Hardy, April Parker, Christy Brown, and Sthefany Thomas and Kirstyn Wright to continue to grow their respective roles within the offense and defense.
Sophomores Shaniqua Pauldo and Lindsay Mason make up two of the post options. Pauldo showed flashes of greatness a season ago, when she registered 23 points in the ACC tournament win against Georgia Tech.
Freshman Keyrra Gillespie will see a lot of time at point guard and was hailed as a top 100 player and the #18 guard in the nation by Hoopgurlz. Gillespie will likely see major minutes as a true point guard in Clemson’s up-tempo attack.
Clemson fans are welcome to follow coach McKinney on twitter for updates on the team and program throughout the 2009-10 season.
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The Lady Tigers will open the 2009-10 season against Furman on Nov. 13 in a doubleheader with the men’s team.
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