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Tigers Down Wake Forest, 66-55

Tigers Down Wake Forest, 66-55

Jan. 24, 2000

CLEMSON, S.C. – Freshman Chrissy Floyd scored 15 points, including 10 in the second half, leading Clemson to a 66-55 victory over Wake Forest in women’s college basketball action at Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum Monday night. Clemson improved to 12-7 overall, 3-4 in the ACC, while Wake Forest fell to 6-12 overall, 2-5 in the ACC.

Floyd hit 6-12 shots from the field and added four steals in her 30 minutes of play. Starting guard Angie Cossey made 6-6 free throws, including 4-4 in the last 30 seconds and scored 12 points. The senior had three assists and no turnovers in 34 minutes.

It was an efficient game for the Lady Tigers in many ways. Jim Davis’s team committed just six fouls in the entire contest and committed just eight turnovers. Clemson forced 19 turnovers and had nine steals. Wake Forest held its own by playing even on the boards with Clemson, 35-35. Clemson shot 27 free throws to just four for Wake Forest.

Starting forwards Nuria Forns (11) and Datishella Byrd (10) both scored in double figures. Joanie Mungro added seven points and a team best eight rebounds. Point guard Krystal Scott had a strong all-around game with five points, five rebounds and seven assists.

Reserve center Erin Batth had four points, six rebounds and five steals. Batth left the game with 3:46 remaining with a knee injury. She was helped off the floor and could no pressure on the injured (left) knee. Preliminary reports were that it was a sprain, but she will have an MRI on Tuesday. A year ago Monday (1-24-99) she suffered a torn ACL of the right knee in a game against Iowa State.

Wake Forest was led by Janae Whitesite, a junior guard from Charlotte, NC who had 18 points, including four three-point goals in the second half. Guard Alisha Mosley had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She was the only other double figure scorer for Wake Forest. LaChina Robinson had 10 rebounds for Wake Forest.

Wake Forest jumped to a 12-5 lead in the game’s first five minutes behind the play of Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick, who scored four early points. Clemson battled back to tie the game at 16 on a three-point goal by Angie Cossey. The teams played on basically even terms the remainder of the half and Clemson had a 27-26 lead at intermission. Byrd scored eight points in the first half to exceed her season average of six.

Wake Forest took a 34-32 lead early in the second half on a three-pointer by Whiteside. The Deacs still led 42-41 with 14:13 left. But, Clemson went on a 18-6 keyed by Floyd who scored eight points and assisted on another basket. A steal led to still another buck during the run. Clemson led 59-48 after a Batth basket with 4:10 left. Wake Forest cut the lead to 61-55 with 30 seconds left, but could get no closer, as Cossey made 4-4 free throws and Scott 1-2 inside the final 31 seconds of the game.