Jan. 2, 2007
CLEMSON, SC – D’Lesha Lloyd extended her double-figure scoring streak to 11 games while collecting a career-high 14 rebounds, but the Lady Tigers were unable to pull off the victory, falling to Charlotte, 65-62, at Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday night.
The loss dropped Clemson to 8-7 on the year, while the 49ers improved to 8-6 overall.
Lloyd held high scorer honors with 21, her fourth consecutive game with over 20 points,. Lele Hardy and Susan Yenser posted double figures as well for the Lady Tigers with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Wendy Stywalt led Charlotte with 19 points, while Danielle Burgin turned in a 14-point, 16-rebound performance.
Clemson and the 49ers traded baskets for the first eight points of the game before the Lady Tigers gained a slight five-point advantage on two jumpers and a free throw by Hardy. Charlotte tied the score at 11 apiece after Burgin converted two foul shots and then took the lead on a field goal by Sabrina Gregory. After Moreemi Davis put the Lady Tigers within one at 15-14 with 14:04 remaining, neither team scored until the 9:55 mark when Charlotte’s Whitney Hoey hit a jumper to give her team a three-point advantage.
The 49ers extended their lead to as many as seven points at 21-14 as Stywalt hit two free throws with 7:09 on the clock. A Yenser three-pointer narrowed the gap to two points at 24-22 at the 1:13 mark. After Stywalt hit a basket, a second long-range shot from Yenser cut the lead to one with 47 seconds remaining. Charlotte then took a 30-29 advantage into the halftime break.
After Stywalt hit a jumper to open the second period, the Lady Tigers scored 12 unanswered points to put Clemson ahead 41-32 just 3:39 into the half. They were then on top by nine, 45-36, at the 14:22 mark as Lloyd hit a jumper from the wing. The 49ers then put together a 12-3 run to take a 48-47 advantage with 10:08 remaining. Charlotte remained in the lead for the next five and a half minutes until a basket by Yenser gave the Lady Tigers a 58-56 lead.
The 49ers went back on top, 59-58, before Lloyd made a basket underneath, was fouled on the play and converted the free throw. Stywalt then tied the score at 61-61 and a field goal by Burgin put Charlotte on top for good. Burgin hit two foul shots with 10.8 seconds remaining to seal the victory for the 49ers.
The Lady Tigers will open the 2007 ACC season on Friday night as they travel to Wake Forest for a televised contest. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm from Winston-Salem, NC and will be broadcast on the ACC’s Regional Sports Network.
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