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Lady Tigers Open Play in ACC Tourney

Feb. 26, 1998

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson Lady Tigers open up postseason play this weekend as the second seed in the ACC Tournament.


   Foward-- #31 Jeanette Davis, 6-2, SR (5.5 ppg., 3.6 rpg.)Forward--#24 Nikki Blassingame, 6-3, JR (7.5 ppg., 5.0 rpg,)Center-- #35 Kerri Thomas, 6-3, SR (6.4 ppg., 4.8 rpg.)Guard--  #25 Itoro Umoh, 5-7, JR (11.5  ppg., 4.5 rpg.)Guard--  #33 Amy Geren, 5-11, JR (14.3 ppg., 3.7  rpg.)Head Coach:  Jim Davis (230-108 in 11th season at Clemson, 249-116 career record, in 12th season on NCAA Division I Level)CLEMSON FACES FLORIDA STATE IN FIRST ROUND OF THE ACC TOURNAMENT--Clemson is seeded second in the ACC Tournament and will face seventh seeded Florida State Friday night, February 27,  at 6:30 p.m. at Independence Arena in Charlotte, NC.   NATIONAL RANKINGS-Clemson is ranked 16th in the Associated Press poll and 17th in the USA Today poll.  This is the highest the Lady Tigers have been ranked this season in both polls.   These polls were released February 23.   HEAD COACH JIM DAVIS LOOKING FOR 250th CAREER WIN-Clemson head Coach Jim Davis is looking for his 250th career win.   During his NCAA Division I career, he has a 249-116 record.    He has a 230-108 record at Clemson in 11 seasons.    Davis spent one season, 1986-87 at Middle Tennessee State and compiled a 19-8 record withthe Lady Raiders that season.    CLEMSON IS SEEDED SECOND IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT-Clemson is seeded second in the ACCTournament.    This is the highest Clemson has been seeded since they were seeded first in the 1981 season.   In 1981 the ACC teams only met once during the regular season.      THE SERIES- This will be the 16th meeting between Clemson and Florida State on the basketball court.   Clemson leads the overall series 14-1.    The Lady Tigers defeated Florida State on December 16, 87-84 at Florida State.   On January 29, Clemson defeated the Seminoles 85-56 on January 29, in Littlejohn Coliseum.     CLEMSON'S RECORD--Clemson has a 22-6 record this season.  The Lady Tigers have a 12-4 mark in the ACC.     The Lady Tigers have won 19 of their last 23 games.   The Lady Tigers finished the season undefeated at home with a 13-0 record.   This is the first time the Lady Tigers have ever been undefeated at home.   Clemson has won six games in a row.     LADY TIGER LEADERS--Clemson is led in scoring by  junior Amy Geren with a 14.3 ppg. average.  Itoro Umoh is averaging 11.5 ppg. Natasha Anderson  and Nikki Blassingame are both  averaging 5.0 rpg. to lead the team.  Umoh leads the team in assists (119) and steals (68). ACC LEADER-Amy Geren leads the ACC in free throw pct. (.884) three-point field goal pct. (.427) and three-point goals per game (2.3).     She is also seventh in the ACC in scoring with a 14.3 ppg. average.TIGER STREAKS--Itoro Umoh has started 32 straight games dating back to the 1996-97 season.    She has also scored in 63 straight games.     Amy Geren has scored in 43 consecutive games.   Geren has hit 59 of her last 64 free throws this season.   GEREN HAS HOT HAND FOR THE LADY TIGERS-Geren leads the Lady Tigers in scoring this season with a 14.3 ppg. average.   She is also 126-286 from the field for a .441 pct.    Geren is also 64-150 from the three-point line for a .427 pct.     Geren scored 26 points in the both the Duke game on December 13, and in the Florida State contest on December 16, for her season highs.  She scored 21 points in the 74-70 overtime win over Maryland on 2-12-98. RECENT ACC TOURNAMENT RECORDS-Clemson has won five of its last six games in the ACC Tournament.  Clemson has also played in the last two ACC Championship games.  ALL TIME ACC CLEMSON TOURNAMENT RECORDS-Clemson has a 20-19 record in the history of the ACC Tournament.      Head Coach Jim Davis has a 13-9 record in the ACC Tournament.   The 13 wins is fourth in history among coaches in the ACC Tournament.   The Lady Tigers have won five of their last six ACC Tournament games.   Davis has lost only one time in the quarterfinal round as Duke defeated the Lady Tigers 78-71, on March 3, 1995.  He has also coached the Lady Tigers to three ACC Tournament Championship games.    Clemson won the 1996 ACC Championship.    The following is a break down of Clemson's participation in the ACC Tournament.                     Overall   Under Jim DavisFirst Round:       15-5      9-1Semifinal Record:   4-11     3-6Championship Game:  1-3      1-2LADY TIGERS ARE TIED FOR SECOND IN ACC STANDINGS-- The following list shows the regular season finish  for the Lady Tigers and the number of times finished in each place.    Clemson finished  tied for second  in the 1998 ACC Standings and is seeded second in the ACC Tournament.  Regular Season ACC Finishes for the Lady Tigers                            Place         1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th 9thNo. of times finished in this place       1   0-1  5-2  6-1   2   1-1  0-1  0    0(First number is outright, second number is a tie.)Clemson's Seeding Over the YearsSeed                                   1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9thNo. of times seeded  in this position   1   1   6   7   3   1   2   0   0SERIES RECORDS:                     IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT           OVERALLDuke                          6-2                    29-16Florida State                 0-0                    14-1Georgia Tech                  3-1                    31-8Maryland                      0-3                    16-24North Carolina                2-4                    22-27N.C. State                    3-6                    17-34Virginia                      5-3                    21-24Wake Forest                   1-0                    30-7ACC TOURNAMENT RECORDS HELD BY CLEMSON--The following list is of ACC Tournament Records held by  Clemson players and by various Clemson teams:  Individual Single GameMost Field Goals Made:  15 by Barbara Kennedy, Clemson vs. Maryland, 1982 Finals (25 Att.)Most Rebounds:  21 by Barbara Kennedy, Clemson vs. Wake Forest, 1981, 1st Round                21 by Barbara Kennedy, Clemson vs. North Carolina, 1982 SemifinalsAssists:  13 by Drema Greer, Clemson vs. Duke, 1979, 1st RoundIndividual TournamentMost Three Point Field Goals:  9 by Kerry Boyatt-Hall, 1991 (18 attempts)Field Goals Made:  40 by Barbara Kennedy, 1982 (73 Att.)Team Single GameRebounds:  68, Clemson vs. Wake Forest, 1981, 1st RoundMost Free Throws Made:  33 Clemson vs. Duke, 1990 1st Round, (57 Att.)Most Free Throws Attempted:  57, Clemson vs. Duke, 1990 1st Round (33 Made)    SECOND SEEDED TEAM'S RECORDS---The second seeded team in the Atlantic Coast Tournament has a 19-1 record vs. the seventh seeded team over the years.    CLEMSON IN OVERTIME GAMES IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT-Clemson is 3-1 involving overtime games in the ACC Tournament for a .750 pct.  The .750 pct. is the best winningest pct. among the ACC schools.   BARBARA KENNEDY-DIXON  NAMED THE ACC TOURNAMENT'S MVP THREE TIMES--Former Clemson player and former Assistant Coach Barbara Kennedy-Dixon is the only player in the ACC to be named the ACC Tournament MVP on three occasions.  Kennedy won the award in 1980, 1981, and was named Co-MVP in 1982.   Clemson made it to the semifinal rounds in 1980 and 1981, while in 1982 the Lady Tigers advanced to the finals.   Kennedy-Dixon is the only player  in ACC history to win the award and not be a member of a team in the championship round.   She did this on two occasions, 1980 and 1981.CLEMSON HEAD COACH JIM DAVIS WINS 100TH ACC GAME--Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis won his 100th career regular season Atlantic Coast Conference game, (not including ACC Tournament games) with the 64-41 win over Wake Forest on February 15.Currently Davis has a 101-67 record against ACC foes during the regular season.     He is the fourth winningest coach in the history of the ACC with the 100 victories.    LADY TIGERS WIN 12TH ACC GAME --Clemson has won 12 ACC games this season.  This breaks the school record for most ACC wins in a single season by Clemson.   The 1994 team had 11 ACC victories. The Lady Tigers won their 12th ACC game this season with a 89-58 win over Georgia Tech on February 22.  CLEMSON WINS 20th GAME OF THE  SEASON-Clemson won its 20th game of the season with the 64-41 win over Wake Forest on February 15.   The Lady Tigers are now 22-6 this season.  This marked the fifth time the  Lady  Tigers have won 20 or more games before the ACC Tournament  in the history of the program.  The Clemson teams that have won 20 or more games before the ACC tournament include:  1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1987-88, and 1997-98.   Head Coach Jim Davis has won 20 or more games in nine of his 11 seasons at Clemson.    TWO CLEMSON PLAYERS  REACH THE 900 POINT MARK-Two Clemson players reached the 900 point mark in their respective careers in recent games.   Itoro Umoh now has scored 935 points, while Amy Geren has scored 924.      Both players have scored 10.5 ppg. during their respective careers.  CLEMSON'S JIM DAVIS IS 8-4 IN OVERTIME GAMES DURING HIS CAREER--Head Coach Jim Davis is now 8-4 in overtime games during his career at Clemson.   He has also guided the Lady Tigers to five straight wins in overtime games.   Clemson defeated Maryland 74-70 in overtime on February 12.   This season the Lady Tigers are 2-0 in overtime as the Lady Tigers also defeated N.C. State 68-58 in overtime on February 7.   UMOH HAS MORE STEALS THAN PERSONAL FOULS--Itoro Umoh  has more steals (68) than fouls (58) this season, a rare occurrence in college basketball statistics.ANDERSON STARS FOR THE LADY TIGERS-Natasha Anderson is the Lady Tigers' third leading scorer with a  9.6  ppg. average.    She was named the MVP at the Bahamas Shootout in Nassau, Bahamas on December 22-23.   She tied her career high with an 18-point performance in the Virginia game on January 5.    She is tied for the lead for most rebounds on the team with a 5.0 rpg. mark.      She had a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Florida State on 1-29-98.   NATIONAL LEADERS-Amy Geren is ranked seventh nationally in free throw pct. (.884).   She is also 24th nationally for best three-point field goal pct. (.427).    The Lady Tigers are ninth nationally for best three-point field goal pct. as at team. (.379).SECOND SEEDED TEAMS HAVE WON SIX ACC TOURNAMENTS--The second seeded team has won six ACC Tournaments over the years.   The last time a second-seeded team has won the ACC Tournament was in 1995.      CLEMSON HAS DEFEATED THREE TOP-10 TEAMS THIS SEASON-With the 68-58 win over N.C. State on February 7, Clemson has defeated three top-10 teams this season.   Earlier, Clemson defeated fifth-ranked North Carolina 77-63 on January 2.   On January 5, Clemson defeated ninth-ranked Virginia 74-67.  This is the first time in the school's history that the Lady Tigers have defeated two top-10 teams in consecutive games.       The North Carolina and Virginia games were 72 hours apart.CLEMSON BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD-Clemson broke the single-game home attendance record in the Lady Tigers' 68-58 win over N.C. State on February 7.    A crowd of 4,871 attended the game, a Clemson single game home record for women's basketball.CLEMSON'S CAREER BLOCKED SHOTS LEADERS        Name    Years   Blocked Shots    1.  Peggy Caple 1981-85 298    2.  Jackie Farmer   1989-91 129    3.  Barbara Kennedy 1978-82 128    4.  Jaci Stimson    1993-97 125    5.  Shandy Bryan    1989-93 96    6.  Louise Greenwood    1985-89 81    7.  Kerri Thomas    1994-   72FIRST HOME GAME RECORD--Clemson now has a 20-3 record over the years when playing its first home game of the season.   The Lady Tigers defeated Boise State 81-65 on November 23, in Clemson's first home game of the 1997-98 season.     ALL-TIME HOME RECORD--Clemson has a 240-70 record when playing in Littlejohn Coliseum for a .774  mark.  Last  season the Lady Tigers were 9-3 at home.    This season, the Lady Tigers are 13-0 at Littlejohn Coliseum.  100% GRADUATION RATE--Since the beginning of the women's basketball program at Clemson in 1975-76, 100% of the players staying for four years have graduated.  GEREN IS CAREER LEADER FOR BEST FREE THROW PCT.--Amy Geren is Clemson's career leader for best free throw pct. with an .846 mark.  During her career she is 209-247 from the free throw line.   CLEMSON CAREER REBOUNDS LEADERS        Name    Yrs.    Years   GP  Avg.    Reb.    1.  Barbara Kennedy 4   1978-82 127 9.9 1252    2.  Peggy Caple 4   1981-85 119 9.1 1087    3.  Shandy Bryan    4   1989-93 126 6.9 874    4.  Louise Greenwood    4   1985-89 112 7.7 859    5.  Laura Cottrell  4   1993-97 119 6.8 808    6.  Donna Forester  2   1976-78 63  12.2    766    7.  Debra Buford    4   1977-81 127 5.3 735    8.  Karen Ann Jenkins   4   1985-89 111 6.2 687    9.  Bobbie Mims 4   1976-80 126 5.0 630    10. Jackie Farmer   2   1989-91 58  9.8 570    11. Janet Knight    4   1982-86 114 5.0 565    12. Jeanette Davis  3   1994-98 120 4.5 542CLEMSON CAREER LIST FOR MOST STEALS        Name    Yrs.    Years   GP  S/G Steals    1.  Barbara Kennedy 4   1978-82 127 2.57    327    2.  Ramona O'Neal   4   1985-89 117 2.44    286    3.  Debra Buford    4   1977-81 127 1.88    239    4.  Bobbie Mims 4   1976-80 126 1.77    224    5.  Itoro Umoh  3   1995-   89  2.20    196VERSUS THE ACC-Amy Geren leads the Lady Tigers in scoring against the ACC with a 15.6 ppg. average.   She is 82-181  from the field vs. the ACC.    She has also hit 39-90 from the three-point line for a .433 pct.     Itoro Umoh is averaging 11.3 ppg. vs. ACC competition.     Geren is averaging 4.3 rpg. vs. league foes.  Kerri Thomas is averaging 5.1 rpg. against ACC opponents to lead the team.  UMOH AND GEREN MOVING UP CAREER SCORING CHART- Itoro Umoh is 17th on the Clemson career list for most points scored with 935.   Amy Geren has 924 points and is 19th on the Clemson career list for most points scored.POINTS  SCORED    Rk. Name    Yrs.    Years   GP  Avg.    Points    1.  Barbara Kennedy 4   1978-82 127 24.5    3113    2.  Janet Knight    4   1982-86 114 15.7    1795    3.  Shandy Bryan    4   1989-93 126 12.9    1631    4.  Karen Ann Jenkins   4   1985-89 111 13.6    1514    5.  Mary Anne Cubelic   4   1979-83 119 12.6    1501    6.  Tara Saunooke   4   1991-95 121 12.1    1462    7.  Bobbie Mims 4   1976-80 126 11.5    1448    8.  Kerry Boyatt    4   1989-93 121 11.8    1422    9.  Donna Forester  2   1976-78 63  20.2    1270    10. Louise Greenwood    4   1985-89 112 11.3    1268    11. Cissy Bristol   5   1977-82 104 11.8    1229    12. Peggy Caple 4   1981-85 119 9.9 1173    13. Laura Cottrell  4   1993-97 119 9.3 1108    14. Melinda Ashworth    4   1983-86 111 9.2 1024    15. Janet Forester  2   1975-77 55  18.3    1008    16. Ramona O'Neal   4   1985-89 117 8.4 988  17. Itoro Umoh  3   1995-   89  10.5    935     18.     Cheron Wells    2   1990-92 64  14.5    93019. Amy Geren   3   1995-   88  10.5    924    20. Debra Buford    4   1977-81 127 7.1 903    21. Jaci Stimson    4   1993-97 115 7.8 90122. Stephanie Ridgeway  2   1994-96 62  14.1    87223. Jessica Barr    2   1992-94 58  14.9    86524. Julie Brickley  4   1983-87 85  9.9 84025. Sandy Bishop    2   1983-85 58  14.3    827 TEAMBAHAMAS SHOOTOUT CHAMPIONS  CLEMSON'S RECORD IN 1997-98When a game is five points or less  3-2When leading at Halftime    19-0When  trailing at halftime  2-5When tied at halftime   1-1Shooting 50% or better from the field   5-0Shooting Under 50%  from the field  17-6Shooting 40% or better from the field   18-0Shooting under 40% from the field   4-6Shooting 60% or better from the FT line 17-6Shooting under 60% from the FT line 5-0Shooting 30% or better from the 3PT line    15-4Shooting under 30% from the 3PT line    7-2One-Point Decisions 1-0Two-Point Decisions 0-0Three-Point Decisions   1-1Four-Point Decisions    1-1Five-Point Decisions    0-0Overtime    2-0Under Coach Davis 1987-88-Present Shooting over .500  61-3CLEMSON IN 1997-98 POLLSDate    Associated Press    USA TodayJanuary 13  23  23January 20  19  22January 27  21  22February 2  22  21February 9  21  21February 16 19  19February 23 16  17  ACC COACHES' TELECONFERENCEThe nine ACC Women's Basketball Coaches will be featured on a weekly teleconference each Thursday  from 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. beginning January 8 and concluding February 19.  Each coach will have about  eight  minutes to make a brief opening statement and answer questions.  The media telephone number is (212) 547-0927.The order of coaches is as follows:Jim Davis, Clemson  11:00 a.m.Gail Goestenkors, Duke  11:08 a.m.Sue Semrau, Florida State   11:16 a.m.Agnus Berenato, Ga. Tech    11:24 a.m.Chris Weller, Maryland  11:32 a.m.Sylvia Hatchell, North Carolina 11:40 a.m.Kay Yow, N.C. State 11:48 a.m.Debbie Ryan, Virginia   11:56 a.m.Charlene Curtis, Wake Forest    12:04 p.m.CLEMSON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ON THE AIR--Clemson will be featured on the radio a total of 15 times this season, (10 times by the Clemson Sports Network, and five times by WAHT-AM, Clemson, SC).   CLEMSON'S REMAINING GAMES ON THE RADIODate    Day Game    Time    Station or NetworkFeb. 15 Sun.    Wake Forest 12:30 p.m.  WAHT-AM, Clemson, SCFeb. 22 Sun.    at Georgia Tech 2:00 p.m.   Clemson Sports NetworkFeb. 26.-   Thurs.- at ACC Tournament   TBA Clemson Sports NetworkMar. 1  Sun.    CLEMSON SPORTS  NETWORK WOMEN BASKETBALL  BROADCAST NETWORKIf in this city Tune in  this station       Abbeville   WZLA-FM 92.9Anderson    WCCP-FM 104.9Asheville, NC   WAGI-FM 105.3Clemson WCCP-FM 104.9Charlotte, NC   WAGI-FM 105.3Easley  WCCP-FM 104.9Gaffney WAGI-FM 105.3Greenville  WGVL-AM 1440Greenwood   WZLA-FM 92.9Hendersonville, NC  WAGI-FM 105.3Pickens WCCP-FM 104.9Seneca  WGOG-FM 96.3Spartanburg WAGI-FM 105.3Union   WAGI-FM 105.3Walhalla    WGOG-FM 96.3To listen to Clemson Sports Network games on the telephone...dial 1 (800) 846-4700 to TeamlineYou will then be asked to enter the Clemson four-digit team code:0665.Next enter credit card number.To Listen to Clemson Sports Network games on the Internet visit www.