Game Information vs. NC State:Who: NC State Wolfpack (16-5, 5-3 ACC) at Clemson Tigers (11-10, 1-7 ACC)When: Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3:02 p.m.Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C.Watch: RSN (Jenn Hildreth & Chelsea Shine)Listen: Clemson Tigers Network/ClemsonTigers.com (William Qualkinbush & Kelly Gramlich)Live Stats: ClemsonTigers.comFollow: Twitter & Instagram: @ClemsonWBB
– This is Alumni Weekend for Clemson women’s basketball, and several former players and staff members will be recognized at halftime of the game.
– Sunday is Superhero Day at Littlejohn Coliseum. The first 700 fans (300 kids, 400 adults) will receive a free Clemson Superhero t-shirt. Children aged 12 and under will receive free admission if dressed like a superhero.
– There are also giveaways planned for Clemson students during every single timeout.
Clemson Team Notes:
– The Tigers (11-10. 1-7 ACC) are coming off of an 86-51 loss on the road at Syracuse on Thursday, Jan. 25. Sophomore Kobi Thornton tied her career high with 20 points against the Orange.
– As a team, the Tigers rank second in the ACC and 19th nationally in blocked shots (113) and second in the league and 21st nationally in blocked shots per game (5.4).
– Through 21 games and as of the games of Jan. 26, 2018, Clemson leads the ACC in three-point field goal percentage defense (28.6%). The Tigers are sixth in the conference in scoring defense (59.0) and field goal percentage defense (36.9%).
– Clemson’s defense has held two of the nation’s top-10 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’ second-lowest scoring output through their first 20 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:
– Thornton leads the Tigers in scoring overall and in ACC play. The 2017 ACC All-Freshman Team selection is averaging 10.1 points per game on the season, and 12.6 points per game through the Tigers’ first eight ACC games.
– Thornton has scored in double figures in four-straight games, and nine times on the season. She picked up her first two double-doubles of the season against Boston College on Jan. 18 (16 points, 10 rebounds) and at No. 5/2 Notre Dame on Jan. 21 (16 points, 10 rebounds).
– Thornton also leads the team in rebounding on the season (7.0 per game) and in ACC play (6.4 per game).
– Junior Danielle Edwards ranks second in scoring for the Tigers, averaging 9.9 points per game. She also leads the team in steals (55, 2.6 per game) and assists (50, 2.4 per game.)
– Edwards’ 55 steals rank third among ACC players and 27th among all players nationally. On Nov. 13, 2017, Edwards posted nine steals in the Tigers’ 56-48 win over South Carolina State, tying the Clemson record for steals in a single game. Four different players have recorded nine steals in a game previously for the Tigers, however, it had not been done in 30 years, when Ramona O’Neil picked up nine steals against Virginia on Feb. 14, 1987.
– Sophomore Jaia Alexander is second on the team in scoring in ACC play (10.0 points per game) and third overall (9.3 points per game).
– The Tigers have two players in the top six in the ACC in blocked shots. Freshman Tylar Bennett ranks fourth with 39 blocked shots and a 1.9 per game average, while Thornton ranks sixth with 35 blocked shots and 1.7 blocked shots per game.
– NC State leads the all-time series between the two teams, 56-30.
– Last season, the Tigers traveled to Raleigh on Jan. 22, 2017 and played well against the then-No. 21/21 Wolfpack, ultimately falling 65-53. Danielle Edwards led the Tigers with 15 points, while Jaia Alexander and Kobi Thornton had 13 apiece. Aliyah Collier pulled down 14 rebounds in the contest.
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