Game Information vs. Notre Dame:Who: Clemson Tigers (11-8, 1-5 ACC) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (17-2, 5-1 ACC)When: Sunday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.Where: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Ind.Watch: ACC Network ExtraListen: Clemson Tigers Network/ClemsonTigers.com (William Qualkinbush & Kelly Gramlich)Live Stats: UND.comFollow: Twitter & Instagram: @ClemsonWBB
Clemson Team Notes:
– The Tigers are 11-8 (1-5 ACC), and are coming off of a 65-61 double-overtime win over Boston College on Thursday, Jan. 18 at Littlejohn Coliseum. Sophomore Jaia Alexander led the Tigers with 19 points in the win, while senior Alexis Carter scored 17 points and added four assists and four steals. Sophomore Kobi Thornton posted her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
– Clemson continued its trend of solid defense in the win, holding the Eagles to 32.8% (19-for-58) in field goal shooting.
– Through 19 games and as of the games of Jan. 19, 2018, Clemson leads the ACC and ranks 11th in the nation in field goal percentage defense (34.6%). The Tigers are second in the conference and 20th nationally in scoring defense (55.9).
– As a team, the Tigers rank second in the ACC and 18th nationally in blocked shots (105) and blocked shots per game (5.5).
– Clemson’s defense has held two of the nation’s top-12 teams to some of their lowest scoring outputs of the season. On Nov. 16, the Tigers held No. 10/10 South Carolina to 66 points in Littlejohn Coliseum, the Gamecocks’ second-lowest point total of the season to date. On Jan. 4, also at home at Littlejohn, Clemson held No. 12/11 Florida State to 69 points, tied for the Seminoles lowest scoring output through their first 19 games.
– Clemson finished nonconference play with a 10-3 record in 2017-18. In the past two seasons, the Tigers have a 21-5 (.808) record in nonconference play (11-2 in 2016-17 and 10-3 in 2017-18). It is the best two-year nonconference record for the program since the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, when Clemson was 23-4 (.852) in two seasons.
Clemson Player Notes:
– Junior Danielle Edwards leads the Tigers in scoring on the season with 10.3 points per game. She also leads the team in steals (54, 2.8 per game) and assists (45, 2.4 per game.)
– Three Tigers are averaging double figures in scoring in ACC play, Jaia Alexander (12.3 ppg), Alexis Carter (11.7 ppg) and Kobi Thornton (10.8 ppg).
– Edwards’ 54 steals rank third among ACC players and 18th among all players nationally, and her 2.8 steals per game are third in the conference and 35th in the nation.
– Edwards’ 86.2% (50-for-58) from the free throw line is second-best in the league and 29th in the nation. She hit two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to seal the Tigers’ double overtime win over Boston College on Jan. 18.
– Thornton leads the Tigers in rebounding on the season with a 7.0 per game average, while Alexander has the best rebounding average in ACC games with 7.3 boards per game.
– The Tigers have two players in the top seven in the ACC in blocked shots. Freshman Tylar Bennett (37, 1.9 per game) is fourth in the ACC, while Thornton’s 32 blocked shots are seventh and her 1.7 blocked shots per game are sixth in the league.
– Notre Dame has a 4-0 all-time record in the series against the Tigers.
– The Tigers played very well in their last outing against the Irish, an 84-80 loss at Littlejohn Coliseum on Feb. 16, 2017, to a Notre Dame team that was ranked No. 7 in the nation. Nelly Perry, a current senior who is redshirting the 2017-18 season due to a shoulder injury, led the team with 24 points in the contest. Kobi Thornton scored 20 points in the game and Danielle Edwards added 11.
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