Jan. 6, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Clemson women’s basketball team (6-9, 0-1), fell to fifth-ranked North Carolina on Friday night, 102-61, at the Carmichael Auditorium in Chapel Hill, NC. Three Lady Tigers scored in double figures in the contest, but the Tar Heels proved to be too strong for the orange and white and won their 14th game to remain undefeated for the 2005-06 season.
D’Lesha Lloyd led the Clemson squad with 14 points on 5-7 shooting off the bench. Amanda Frist had her third straight double-figure scoring night with 11, and Tasha Phillips totaled 11 as well in the losing effort. Phillips also had seven boards on the night to tie with Maxienne White for game-high honors, while Tasha Taylor improved her 6.36 assist per game ratio with seven against the Tar Heels.
Camille Little led four double-figure North Carolina players with 16 points, while La’Tangela Atkinson, Erlana Larkins and Ivory Latta contributed 14, 13 and 11, respectively.
The Tar Heels shot 54.3% from the field on 38 of 70 shooting, while the Lady Tigers were 23 of 56 for a .411 percentage.
The Tar Heels took advantage of 19 Clemson turnovers and converted 24 of 37 field goals in the first half to take a 61-28 lead into halftime. The Lady Tigers shot 44.8% in the half, but they were unable to contain the high-scoring North Carolina team. Lloyd came off the bench to score nine points, most for the Clemson squad in the period, while Camille Little led the Tar Heels with 14 before the break.
Clemson stayed with North Carolina until the first media timeout, trailing only by a point at 7-6. However, the Tar Heels held the Lady Tigers scoreless for just over four minutes while tallying 11 points during the same stretch. Lloyd ended the drought with a jumper from the corner and then scored the next four points for Clemson.
The Lady Tigers committed only 10 turnovers in the second half, but the gap was too much to overcome. North Carolina outscored Clemson by just eight points in the second period, 41-33, and went on to claim the victory. The Tar Heels scored their 98th and 99th points on a pair of free throws by Alex Miller at the 2:00 mark, but the final points to put them in triple digits were scored on a desperation heave by Meghan Austin as the shot clock wound down with just 29 seconds remaining in the game.
Clemson will return to Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 8 to face the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech at 3:00 in the ACC home opener.
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