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Dec 06, 2018

Tiger Talk: Balanced Attack Fuels Clemson Offense

Teamwork was the name of the game on Wednesday as Clemson downed High Point 83-64 for the Tigers fourth consecutive victory. Seven of Clemson’s 10 players accounted for a point in the game, and five of those seven Tigers scored in double-figures. Wednesday’s game marked the first time since Jan. 8, 2017 that Clemson had five players post double-digit outings.

As a team, Clemson shot 49.2 percent from the field, a mark that sets a new season-high for the Tigers through nine games. It is also the best field goal percentage for Clemson since Jan. 10, 2016, when the Tigers shot 50 percent against Miami.

Junior Kobi Thornton led the offensive attack for Clemson, totaling 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting for her third 20-point outing of the season. The Shellman, Ga. native has now tallied double-figures in eight of nine games this season and is averaging 16.6 points per game.

Guards Simone Westbrook and Danielle Edwards joined Thornton in double-digits, tallying 18 and 12 points, respectively. In the paint, sophomore Tylar Bennett developed as the game progressed, notching 10 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

It was a well-balanced attack from start to finish as five Tigers knocked down a bucket in the first quarter alone. Hosendove led a Clemson bench that accounted for 27 percent of the Tigers scoring against High Point with her second double-digit outing of the season.

Three Tigers shot better than 60 percent from the field, directed by Westbrook who poured in 8-of-11 shots for a 73 percent shooting percentage. Thornton and freshman Camreé Clegg joined Westbrook in the 60+ percentage range, shooting 63 and 67 percent, respectively.

Clegg paced the Tigers from 3-point range, going 2-of-3 from distance, helping Clemson to its best 3-point percentage this season at 33 percent. Edwards knocked down a three of her own in to highlight her 12-point effort.