Nov. 16, 2009
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Clemson women’s basketball dropped a tough game on the road to the College of Charleston on Monday night, 68-55. Freshman Keyrra Gillespie led the Tigers (1-1)with 13 points and also pulled down seven boards. Lele Hardy had 12 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double in as many games, and also added four steals.
College of Charleston(1-1) point guard Toni Gerty led all scorers with 22 points, ten by way of free throws. The Tigers struggled with ball control, committing 22 turnovers on the night, but also forced 21 by the Cougars.
The Tigers and Cougars ended the first half tied at 26. The Tigers were only able to shoot 29.0 percent in the half and turned the ball over 12 times, while forcing only ten. Pauldo had eight first-half points, while Gillespie had six points and three boards. Hardy entered the half with four points, including her first three-point goal of the season, six rebounds, and three steals. The Tigers outrebounded the Cougars 28-22 in the half.
Coming out of the break, the Cougars opened up a five-point lead five minutes in to the half. A 10-0 run by the Cougars put the game out of reach, giving them a 17-point cushion with five minutes remaining. The Tigers cut the lead to eight on an April Parker layup. The Tigers then forced a turnover, but Sthefany Thomas missed a three-point attempt with 1:38 remaining in the game.
The Tigers forced another turnover with 1:05 remaining, but couldn’t convert again. The Tigers resorted to fouling for the rest of the half, with the Cougars scoring their final ten points by way of the free throw. Clemson held the Cougars without a basket for the final 5:25 of the game.
Clemson returns to action on Thursday night when they play host to South Carolina at 7:00 pm.
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