Clemson, S.C. – Clemson fell 82-78 in a challenging, hard-fought game at home against the Lions of Columbia University on Sunday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Latrese Saine (12 points and 10 rebounds) and Kiara Lewis (20 points and 11 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles for the Tigers.
Lewis led all scorers and set a new career-high in rebounds. Lewis and Saine were just two of four Tigers to score in double figures, as they were joined by Delicia Washington (17) and freshman Eno Inyang (12).
Clemson (1-1) scored 23 points off turnovers, 40 points in the paint and 26 points from the bench. However, the Tigers made just 29 of 43 free throws taken on the afternoon. The 43 free throw attempts are fifth all-time in free throw attempts for Clemson, and it was the most at home since attempting 46 against East Carolina in 2001.
Those 43 free throw attempts are also the fifth-most in program history.
The Tigers also recorded 53 rebounds (26 offense, 27 defense) and scored 24 second-chance points off those 26 offensive rebounds.
The Tigers ended the second quarter on an 18-6 run to take a 50-36 lead into the half. They were led by Lewis and Inyang, who scored 10 and 11 points, respectively. Clemson shot 41 percent from the floor and 72 percent (21-for-29) in the half.
The 29 free throws taken by the Tigers were the most attempted in a half since registering 31 in the second half against Coastal Carolina in 2016.
Columbia (3-0) led by as many as nine points in the first quarter before the Tigers scored a program-best 31 points in the second quarter (since the NCAA moved to quarters during the 2015-16 season).
The starters recorded 52 of the Tigers’ 78 points.
Sienna Durr led the Lions with 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the floor. Columbia was 30-for-72 from the floor while attempting 26 3-pointers, making eight and turned the ball over 21 times while committing 31 fouls.
Clemson will play its first road game of the season when the Tigers travel to Columbia, S.C. to face No. 1 South Carolina on Wednesday, Nov. 17, for a 7 p.m. ET tip on SECN+.