Feb. 3, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA-Cherrise Graham scored 22 points and Brandi Teamer added 17 in leading Virginia to a 69-54 win over Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball game at Charlottesville, VA Monday night, February 3.
Clemson was led in scoring by Chrissy Floyd with 17. Amanda White added 14 points and Kanetra Queen added 10 for the Lady Tigers. Virginia won the battle of the boards 35-32. Clemson was led in rebounding by Tia Andrew with eight boards. Virginia improves its record to 9-11 overall, and 3-6 in league play. Clemson falls to 11-9 overall and 3-6 in the ACC. Prior to tonight’s game, Clemson had won five in a row over the Cavaliers.
The Lady Tigers opened the game with a 12-4 lead in the first 5:30 behind Amanda White’s six points. Virginia went on a 13-4 run in the next 8 ˝ minutes to take its first lead of the game 17-16 with 6:00 left. Graham had four points in the Cavalier run.
The Lady Tigers finished the half outscoring the Cavaliers 10-6 to take a 26-23 lead at intermission. Floyd had seven points for the Lady Tigers in this rally. In the first half, Clemson shot 11-26 from the field for a .423 pct. The Cavaliers shot 9-26 from the floor in the first half for a .346 figure.
Virginia scored the first six points of the second half and outscored the Lady Tigers 14-7 in the first eight minutes of play to take a 37-33 lead. Graham scored six points for the Cavaliers to propel them to the lead. Floyd hit two three pointers and Lakeia Stokes hit one from the left to bring the Lady Tigers within one of Virginia 43-42 with 8:20 left in the game. Stokes also hit two free throws to give Clemson the 44-43 advantage with 7:58 left to go in the game. White extended Clemson’s lead to 46-43 with 7:25 on the clock. Virginia went on a 17-4 surge in the next 3:32 to take a 60-50 lead with 3:41 left to go in the game. Anna Crosswhite came off the bench and scored eight points in this Virginia run. Crosswhite finished the game with 13 points.
Clemson shot 6-22 in the second half and 17-48 for the game for a .354 pct. Virginia shot 16-32 in the second half and finished the game 25-58 from the floor for a .431. pct. The Lady Tigers will play host to Duke on February 6, in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:00 p.m.
“Crosswhite did a great job shooting the ball,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. “Those three-point baskets she made down the stretch were back breakers. Our 25 turnovers didn’t help us either. Give Virginia the credit, they took it to us in the second half. I think Virginia is like a keg of dynamite ready to explode. I think Virginia could be a lot to handle down the stretch. Look for Virginia to make some noise the second part of the season.”
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