DURHAM, N.C. – Coming off an exciting win their last time out on Jan. 29, the Clemson women’s basketball team could not keep up with a hot-shooting Duke team, falling 65-37 to the No. 15/15 Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday night. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 12-11 (1-9 ACC), while the Blue Devils improve to 19-4 (7-3 ACC).
Duke started out the game on a 13-2 run, before a three-pointer by freshman Jaia Alexander got the Tigers into the game, finishing the quarter down by eight points. From there, the Blue Devils’ shooting caught fire, as they shot 67% in the second quarter and 50% for the third and fourth. Despite Duke’s height advantage, Clemson put up a good fight on the glass, particularly on offense, finishing with 10 offensive boards and 28 total rebounds.
Three Tigers, sophomores Aliyah Collier and Danielle Edwards and freshman Kobi Thornton, grabbed five rebounds apiece in the game. Alexander finished the game with 10 points to lead the Tigers, while Collier and junior Victoria Cardaci had six apiece. Alexander was also 5-for-6 from the free throw line, however the rest of the team struggled, at just 3-for-10. Edwards picked up three steals and junior Nelly Perry dished out three assists in the contest.
The Tigers return home to Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday, Feb. 5 to host North Carolina. Tipoff between Clemson and the Tar Heels (13-9, 2-7 ACC) is set for 2 PM.
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