Nov. 6, 2003
Clemson, SC – Senior guard Lakeia Stokes scored 33 points, handed out 10 assists and pulled down six rebounds to lead the Purple team to a 90-76 victory over the White team in a Clemson women’s basketball scrimmage at Littlejohn Coliseum Thursday evening.
The scrimmage was the final scrimmage for Jim Davis’s Lady Tigers prior to its only preseason exhibition game against the Premier Players Sunday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum at 2:00 PM.
The Lady Tigers open the regular season on November 21 at 8:30 PM with a home game against South Carolina.
Stokes, an angular guard from Covington, GA, is Clemson’s leading returning scorer from last year when she averaged 8.3 points per game. Playing the point in the absence of Kanetra Queen, Stokes made 10-20 field goals and 12-14 free throws in the fine all-around performance. She also had four steals to go with her six rebounds. Stokes was a big reason the Purple overcame a six-point deficit at halftime, as she scored 20 points in the second half.
Stokes was supported by senior forward Maggie Slosser, who had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Five of her rebounds were offensive and she hit 8-12 shots from the field. A much improved Lauren Allen, who scored just seven points all year in 2002-03, scored 14 points on 6-10 shooting on Thursday night and pulled in five rebounds. Stephanie Permar also scored 14 for the Purple, who shot 49.3 percent from the field as a team and made 16-22 free throws.
The White team was led by freshman Carrie Whitehurst. The sister of Clemson football quarterback Charlie Whitehurst connected on 7-14 field goals overall, including 4-9 three pointers for 19 points. She made more three-point goals than any other Lady Tiger in the scrimmage. The left-hander also had a team best four steals and five rebounds.
Sophomore center Khaili Sanders scored 16 points and added five rebounds for the White squad, while Lauren Chauvin added 15 points. Sophomore guard Julie Talley had a strong all-around game with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against just two turnovers. Freshman Christynne Papincak had 10 points on a perfect 4-4 shooting, including 2-2 three-point shots.
Clemson was without the services of senior point guard Queen, who was present for the scrimmage, but did not play as she recovers from a concussion suffered earlier in the week. Queen started 26 of the 29 games last year and led the team in assists with 97.
“I thought our effort was superb,” said head coach Jim Davis’s. “We have some very good athletes who play like good athletes should play. We still have to work on rebounding and we will spend more time on defense, but I liked the intensity and our pace of play.”
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