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Lady Tigers Open ACC Season Friday At #5 North Carolina

Lady Tigers Open ACC Season Friday At #5 North Carolina

Jan. 5, 2006

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The Lady Tigers (6-8) will open their ACC schedule in Chapel Hill, NC against the fitfth-ranked (AP) Tar Heels on Friday, Jan. 6 at 7:00 PM. North Carolina boasts a 13-0 record for the 2005-06 season and is ranked #5 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls. The game will be televised by the Raycom Sports Network and broadcast on the radio on the Clemson Tigers Sports Network. Charlene Curtis will provide the TV play-by-play, while fans can listen to Don Munson and Kanetra Queen on the airwaves.

Amanda Frist raised her season scoring average to 9.4 points per game after a 15-point performance against South Carolina on Monday night, while Julie Talley leads the team with a 10.2 point per game average. Sophomore point guard Tasha Taylor trails the ACC statistical leader for assists per game by just 0.006 points with a 6.35 assist per game ratio, a figure that also ranks 13th in the nation. Fellow sophomore Maxienne White has pulled down a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game, while Frist ranks second with a 5.6 average.

Scouting the North Carolina Tar Heels The North Carolina Tar Heels are currently ranked #5 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls and boast an unblemished 13-0 record to start the 2005-06 season. Ivory Latta leads the team with a 17.9 scoring average. She has converted 52.4% of her shots, including a .493 mark from three-point range. The junior guard has also handed out 81 assists in the Tar Heels’ 13 games for a 6.23 average. Erlana Larkins ranks second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.7 points per game, and leads North Carolina with a 6.5 rebound per game ratio.

Overall, the Tar Heels are averaging 85.6 points per game while allowing their opponents just 52.2 per contest. They are shooting 49.1% as a team from the field, with a 39.7% mark from long range.

The Series North Carolina leads the series score over Clemson, 41-26, and has won the last eight games between the ACC foes. The Tar Heels have also been victorious in 20 of 28 contests played on their home court. Last year, the Lady Tigers fell by a 99-55 margin in Chapel Hill, NC. Clemson’s last victory in the series was a 75-57 decision during the 2000-01 season.

In last year’s contest with the Tar Heels, Talley and D’Lesha Lloyd each had 15 points to lead the Clemson squad, while Taylor had seven assists for the night.