Dec. 4, 1999
ATLANTA, Ga. – Jaime Kruppa scored 16 points and teammate Nina Barlin added 14 in leading Georgia Tech to a 81-62 win over Clemson in a women’s Atlantic Coast Conference basketball game at Atlanta, GA Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Georgia Tech improves to 4-1 overall, 1-1 in the ACC. Clemson falls to 5-2 overall, 0-1 in league play.
Georgia Tech took a 46-37 lead at the half. Clemson came within seven points of the Yellow Jackets at the start of the second half but this is as close as the Lady Tigers would come. Georgia Tech took a 22 point lead with 5:23 left to go in the game as Danielle Donehew hit a three-point shot. The Yellow Jackets kept this advantage and had a 23 point lead with 48 seconds remaining in the game.
Clemson’s Chrissy Floyd had a season high 19 points as she was 9-16 from the field and hit a three pointer. She also had two assists and two steals. The freshman from Laurens, SC scored 15 in the Mississippi game earlier this season for her season high. Clemson’s Erin Bath had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Georgia Tech won the battle of the boards 43-28 behind Milli Martinez with 11 and Jaime Kruppa with 10 boards.
Clemson shot 15-21 from the field in the first half for a .714 pct., the third highest pct. in a single half by a Lady Tiger team in history. The Lady Jackets shot 17-31 from the floor for a .548 pct. in the first half. In the second half, Clemson cooled off and shot 9-36 from the floor for a .250 pct. Georgia Tech shot 15-34 in the second half for a .441 pct. For the game Clemson was 24-57 from the field (.421), while Georgia Tech was 32-65 (.492) from the floor. This was the Lady Tigers’ first game shooting over 40% this season.
Coming into this game, Georgia Tech had won six games in a row over the Yellow Jackets. The last time the Yellow Jackets defeated the Lady Tigers was in 1996.
“Give a lot of credit to Georgia Tech,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. “After losing their leader, Niesha Butler last week, they made a great rally. Georgia Tech has a good team. They can score on a consistent basis. Our shooting pct. is an indication of how our team has been offensively. We shot 71% in the first half and 25% in the second half. That is how we have been playing. We did not defend today, like we have been defending and Georgia Tech had a lot to do with this. I am disappointed in our rebounding effort. We gave up 20 offensive boards and I feel that was the key to the game.”
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