Dec. 17, 1999
CLEMSON, S.C.– Freshman Chrissy Floyd scored a season high 24 points in just 31 minutes as a reserve, leading Clemson to a 64-41 victory over Winthrop in women’s college basketball Friday night. The win elevates Clemson’s record to 7-2, while the Lady Eagles fell to 2-5.
Clemson will travel to Myrtle Beach to face Penn State Sunday in the ACC vs. Big Ten Challenge at the Convention Center. Tipoff is 1:30 PM.
Floyd was one of just two Lady Tigers in double figures. Angie Cossey added 10 points for Jim Davis’s team. Four of her 10 points came on a rare four-point play in the second half. Joanie Mungro, like Cossey a junior college transfer, scored eight points, while Erin Batth had eight rebounds.
Winthrop was led in scoring by Chrissy Lewellen, who had 12 points, double her scoring average. Chrystal Greene added seven points and eight rebounds. Charlotta Wennefors had seven points, but was forced into nine turnovers by Clemson’s swarming defense. In all, Winthrop committed 28 turnovers in the contest, twice the number of field goals they recorded.
The game was close for the first 30 minutes. Winthrop led 11-10 nine minutes into the game on a jumper by Greene. Clemson went on a 12-3 run to take a 22-14 advantage on two free throws by Battle. But, Winthrop battled back to cut the lead to 24-19 at intermission. Floyd had 13 of Clemson’s 24 points at intermission.
Both teams picked up the pace offensively in the second half. Clemson made 6 of its first 7 shots from the floor and Winthrop made 6 of its first 10. Floyd continued to play well for Clemson and actually scored 23 of Clemson’s first 40 points. It was still a 40-33 game with 10:30 left when Clemson took over the game behind its strong defense.
The Tigers went on a 20-0 run over the next six minutes. One of the highlights was the four-point play by Cossey. That 27 points lead was Clemson’s largest of the game.
Clemson finished thegame shooting 41 percent from the field to 39 percent by Winthrop. The Lady Tigers were +4 in terms of rebound margin, but committed 14 fewer turnovers. Clemson’s defense had 16 steals, as nine different players recorded a theft.
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