Feb. 19, 2009
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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – CLEMSON, SC – Clemson junior Lele Hardy posted 21 points and Sthefany Thomas added 12, but the Lady Tigers fell to #11/12 Florida State, 75-58, on Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. The game was a designated Pink Zone contest in an effort to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research and the Kay Yow Foundation.
The Lady Tigers have been taking pledges for free throws made, as well as general donations, throughout the month of February. The team was 9-for-14 from the line against the Seminoles with Hardy, Thomas, April Parker, Christy Brown and Shaniqua Pauldo all knocking down at least one foul shot.
Jacinta Monroe had a career-high 24 points and nine rebounds in leading the Seminoles to their program-record 10th ACC win.
“I’m really proud of how our girls played tonight,” said Seminole Head Coach Sue Semrau. “Our team is well balanced and it showed tonight. Jacinta shot a tremendous percentage from the floor tonight. The girls did a great job of getting her the ball.”
Hardy also collected eight rebounds while tallying six steals to move into sole possession of third place in school history with 271 career thefts. She moved ahead of Itoro Umoh.
Clemson opened the second half with a jumper by Thomas that cut Florida State’s lead to 35-32. But the Seminoles responded with nine straight points from Monroe and Mara Freshour. They also forced turnovers on six of the Lady Tigers’ next seven possessions.
Clemson stopped the run briefly, but Freshour and Harvin hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 17-4 run that put the game away.
“We didn’t come out in the second half like we needed to,” said Clemson Head Coach Cristy McKinney. “I thought we were sluggish and too hesitant, and you can’t be hesitant against a team like this because they are going to hurt you.”
“We talked at half about getting more rebounds and less fouls. We did things we wanted to in the first on defense, but just didn’t in the second.”
After missing four 3-pointers in the first 5 minutes, the Seminoles started pounding the ball inside, and Clemson couldn’t stop fouling. Florida State shot 34 free throws to just 14 foul shots for the Lady Tigers, picking up 15 extra points from the line. At one point in the second half, Monroe was fouled by Thomas immediately after sinking a foul shot.
Monroe also made individual history on Thursday as she tied the school record for blocked shots in a career at 209.
The Lady Tigers will play their final home game of the season on Sunday afternoon as they face Georgia Tech at 1:00 pm.
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