Jan. 3, 2002
BLACKSBURG, VA – Ieva Kublina scored 17 points and Chrystal Starling added 16 in leading Virginia Tech to a 68-58 win over Clemson in a women’s intercollegiate basketball game at Blacksburg, VA Thursday night. With the win, Virginia Tech improves to 10-2 overall, and Clemson falls to 9-4 this season. Virginia Tech has won seven games in a row and this loss snaps Clemson’s six-game winning streak. Clemson was led in scoring by Krystal Scott with 16 points, and Chrissy Floyd with 14 points. Julie Aderhold added 11 for the Lady Tigers. In the first half, Clemson had a 20-19 lead with 8:28 left to go. From this point, Virginia Tech outscored the Lady Tigers 17-2, and took a 36-22 lead at the intermission. Sarah Hicks and Kublina both scored five points in this Hokie run. Virginia Tech shot 15-28 in the first half for a .536 pct., while Clemson shot 9-29 from the floor for a .310 mark.
In the second half, Clemson narrowed the Virginia Tech lead to nine points 44-35 with 13:02 remaining in the game as Aderhold hit a three-point basket from the left side. Clemson came within six points of Virginia Tech, 56-50 with 4:34 left as Maggie Slosser hit a free throw after being fouled on a made layup. Kublina and Nicole Jones both hit a field goal for the Hokies and Virginia Tech took a ten- point lead with 2:06 left. From this point Clemson’s Leah Roper hit two free for the Lady Tigers and cut the lead to eight 60-52 with 1:51 left. Virginia Tech Starling hit one of two free throws with 1:18 left to give the Hokies a 61-52 advantage. Aderhold hit a pair of free throws with 1:05 on the clock and Chrissy Floyd hit both free throws as Clemson came within five of the Hokies 61-56 with :53 seconds remaining. In the final :53 seconds, the Hokies outscored the Lady Tigers 7-2 as Hicks hit four free throws to give the Hokies a 68-58 win. In the second half, Virginia Tech shot 8-19 from the field for a .421 pct. For the game, the Hokies shot 23-47 from the field for a .489 mark. Clemson shot 13-35 from the field in the second half and finished the game 22-64 from the floor for a .344 mark. The Hokies outrebounded the Lady Tigers 39-32. Kublina had a game-high 10 rebounds. “Virginia Tech executed down the stretch,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. “We dug ourselves a deep hole late in the first half when we had a scoreless drought. This was the difference in the game. I was pleased with our effort in the second half in the way we fought back. We were outrebounded again and that is disappointing.” Clemson will play at Virginia in Charlottesville, VA Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Lady Tigers’ next action.
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