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Feb 17, 2019

Tiger Talk: It’s Raining Threes

It was truly raining threes on Saturday when the Clemson Tigers recorded a 91-58 rout of Boston College for their eighth Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season. Clemson’s 91 points in the game marked the first time that the Tigers have eclipsed the 90-point mark since pinning 104 on Charleston Southern in 2009.

The Tigers dominated the high-paced game in Conte Forum, outscoring the Eagles by 33 points. As a team, Clemson was particularly effective beyond the arc, knocking down 9-of-12 3-pointers to tie the program record for 3-pointer field goal percentage (75 percent – min. 10 attempts) set back on March 24, 1995.

“We are being really selective and trying to shoot the three with a great deal of discipline,” said head coach Amanda Butler. “We’re not shooting a whole lot more of them but our kids have been working on shooting all year long and I think that we are seeing the cumulative effect of that work.”

Four Tigers knocked down a trey in the game, including a 3-of-3 effort by senior Aliyah Collier. However, the sharp-shooter on the afternoon was freshman Camreé Clegg, who poured in 4-of-5 shots from distance, setting a new career-high in points and threes made.

Hitting the 75 percent mark from distance against Boston College, the Tigers have now shot above 50 percent from 3-point range in four straight games. The last Clemson team to do the same was the 1997-98 squad, who went 20-of-31 in its four-game stretch. Over the last four games, the current Clemson team is shooting 60 percent (27-of-45) from beyond the arc.

The Tigers’ consistency from 3-point range against Boston College led to a .664 effective field goal percentage, which accounts for the increased value of 3-pointers versus a standard 2-point basket.

Senior Danielle Edwards has been electric for the Tigers from distance as of late, knocking down 13-of-17 3-point attempts over the last four games. She’s shot 50-plus percent in each of those four con­tests, a first in her career. The senior leads the Tigers in made threes and 3-point field goal percentage (min 10 att.) with 34 and .415, respectively.

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