Clemson, S.C. – Four Tiger starters scored in double-figures as the Clemson women’s basketball team won its season opener, 64-47, against USC Upstate (0-1) on Wednesday night inside Littlejohn Coliseum. Newcomer Daisha Bradford scored a game-high 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the floor, including 2-2 behind the arc.
The starters tallied 52 of the Tigers’ 64 points, as Delicia Washington (14 points), Amari Robinson (12 points), and Kiara Lewis (10 points) joined Bradford in double-figures. Freshman Eno Inyang had four points, a game-high 10 rebounds and a game-high four blocks in her debut.
Head Coach Amanda Butler started off her fourth season with a win, as 13 Tigers saw action in the contest. All eight newcomers made debuts in the orange and white and made an impact, scoring half of Clemson’s points. The Tigers outrebounded the Spartans 43-33, forced 20 turnovers and blocked seven shots in the contest. Lewis finished a steal shy of her career-high, as the transfer from Syracuse tallied five of Clemson’s 11 steals.
Bradford scored nine points early and Lewis added a bucket at the buzzer to give the Tigers a 23-18 lead at the end of the first quarter, sparking a 15-4 run that spanned the break. The Tigers scored 21 points in the second quarter on their way to a 44-29 halftime lead.
Clemson clamped down defensively in the second half, yielding just seven made field goals on 31 Spartan attempts. Upstate also went 0-9 from behind the arc in the half.
Clemson takes on Columbia on Sunday at 12 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum. Admission is free, and the game will stream on ACCNX.