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NCAA Women’s Tournament Begins Friday at Clemson

March 12, 1999

CLEMSON, SC–The Clemson Lady Tigers will start play in the NCAA Tournament Friday night, March 12, against Florida A&M at Littlejohn Coliseum, at Clemson, SC in the Mideast Region. The sub-regional will start with Illinois facing Louisville at 5:00 p.m. The Clemson-Florida A&M game will follow 30 minutes later. The

Illinois-Louisville game time has been changed due to television coverage in the Illinois area.

The winner of the Clemson-Florida A&M winner will play the winner of the Louisville-Illinois winner on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson is seeded second, while Florida A&M is seeded 15th in the region. Illinois is seeded seventh, while Louisville is seeded 10th. This is the highest Clemson has ever been seeded. The Clemson women’s basketball team finished in a tie for 10th in the final Associated Press women’s basketball poll of the 1999 season released Monday, March 8.

The 10th place finish is the highest Clemson has ever finished in the final Associated Press poll. Clemson finished both the 1996 and 1998 seasons in 14th place. The current senior class has finished in four straight Associated Press top 25 polls. Besides the 14th place finishes in 1996 and 1998, Clemson finished 21st in the 1997 poll. Clemson received its 12th NCAA Tournament bid since the NCAA Tournament was started in 1982. Clemson received the automatic bid by winning the 1999 ACC Championship. Head Coach Jim Davis has led Clemson to 11 NCAA Tournaments appearances in his 12 years at Clemson. The Lady Tigers have a 10-12 record in the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Jim Davis is 10-11 in the NCAA Tournament over the years. Clemson played in the first NCAA womens tournament in 1982 against Penn State. Because of the day and time it was played, the Clemson-Penn State game was the first ever NCAA womens tournament game. The Lady Tigers lost the game 96-75. In the Clemson-Penn State game, former Lady Tiger assistant coach and Clemson great,

Barbara Kennedy-Dixon scored the first points in the inaugural womens NCAA basketball tournament in the Penn State game. Kennedy-Dixon hit a five-foot turn around jump shot from the baseline with 19:20 left in the first half. Kennedy-Dixon finished the game with 43 points, which still ranks third for a single-game scoring performance in the NCAA tournament.

Clemson is 24-5 this season. The Lady Tigers finished 11-5 in the ACC this season. The Lady Tigers have won seven consecutive games. The Lady Tigers are 12-2 at home this season and are 25-2 at home over the last two years. Clemson is led in scoring by Amy Geren with a 14.1 ppg. average. Nikki Blassingame leads the team in rebounding with a 7.9 rpg. average. Itoro Umoh has 166 assists and 53 steals to lead the team.