Feb. 16, 2006
CLEMSON, SC -Amanda Frist posted her sixth consecutive double-figure scoring total with 12 points on Thursday night. However, the Lady Tigers senior could not lead her team to victory, as Clemson dropped its seventh straight game in a 78-69 loss to NC State at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Lady Tigers fell to 8-17 on the year, 2-9 in conference. With the victory, the Wolfpack improved to 16-9 overall and evened its league mark at six wins and six losses.
Frist led four Lady Tiger double-figure scorers with 12 points, and the Fountain Inn, SC native also collected a team-best seven rebounds against NC State. D’Lesha Lloyd, Susan Yenser and Adrianne Bradshaw tallied 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively, in the effort.
The Wolfpack’s Ashley Key led all scorers with 18 points while handing out seven assists as well. Tiffany Stansbury added 17 for NC State, and Khadijah Whittington pulled down 13 rebounds.
The Wolfpack scored the first two baskets of the game to take a lead that the Lady Tigers spent the rest of the period fighting to erase. Clemson tied the game at 14-14 on a three-point field goal by Julie Talley at the 11:48 mark. Yet, NC State went back ahead by four points within the next 30 seconds and maintained the margin for much of the remaining half.
Anthree-point field goal by Key extended the Wolfpack’s lead to as many as eight points at the 5:56 mark, but the Lady Tigers outscored NC State by a 14-8 margin to close out the half. Lloyd had seven points during the stretch, and a free throw by Frist knotted the score at 34 apiece that held heading into the break.
Clemson then came out in the second half firing. Maxienne White scored two quick points for the Lady Tigers to put them ahead. After a free throw by NC State’s Sasha Reaves, Lauren Allen gave Clemson its largest lead of the game at 38-35. Allen drained a jumper just seconds later to match the margin at 40-37.
However, the Lady Tigers hit a draught as NC State scored the next nine points to take a 46-40 lead. The Wolfpack increased its lead to a game-high 17 points, 63-46, at the 10:43 mark on a basket by Kay before Clemson was able to get some stops defensively. The Lady Tigers outscored NC State, 23-7, in the next 7:15 to come within one point of the Wolfpack. A three by Julie Talley started the run for Clemson, and the Lady Tigers converted six free throws during the stretch.
Yenser’s three-pointer at the 3:19 mark cut the NC State lead to one at 70-69, but those were Clemson’s last points of the night. NC State scored the final eight points of the game, converting four foul shots, for the victory.
The Lady Tigers will honor their seniors in their last home game of the season on Sunday, Feb. 19. Clemson will take on the Florida State Seminoles at 3:00 PM from Littlejohn Coliseum.
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