TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tying a single-season program record that stood for 25 years, Clemson Tigers sharpshooter Kendall Spray knocked down her 73rd 3-pointer of the season on Thursday, tying Tara Saunooke’s Clemson record for the most 3-balls netted in a single season. Spray sank a trio of treys at the Donald L. Tucker Center, but the No. 19/22 Florida State Seminoles downed the Tigers 81-54.
Clemson (7-21, 3-14) shot 36.1 percent from the field and made four 3-pointers. As for Florida State (22-6, 12-2), the Seminoles finished with a shooting percentage of 44.3 and connected on six 3-point shots. Both teams recorded 30 points in the paint, and Florida State pulled down 51 rebounds. Clemson’s bench production was quite high in the contest, with the Tigers amassing 24 points off the bench.
Spray tabbed nine points by way of her three makes from beyond the arc. She tied the record set by Saunooke in 1995 with a 3-ball at the 6:39 mark of the third quarter. Kobi Thornton was Clemson’s leading scorer with 13 points on the night. Thornton went 5-of-11 from the floor and 3-for-3 at the free throw line. Nique Cherry provided Clemson with a lift off the bench, matching her season high with eight points to go along with her seven rebounds. Florida State’s Nausia Woolfolk tabbed 17 points, seven assists and four boards.
Florida State built a 25-7 lead through one quarter of play, closing out the final 2:57 of the first quarter with an 11-0 run. Clemson was sparked off the bench by Shania Meertens and the aforementioned Cherry in the second quarter, with the Tigers tallying 16 points in the second period. Continuing to battle in the third quarter, the Tigers, who trailed 42-23 at halftime, went on an 8-0 run to pull within 14 of the Seminoles. However, Florida State regained control and, after leading 63-40 heading into the fourth quarter, went on to win 81-54.
The Tigers will wrap up the regular season when they face off against Georgia Tech (18-10, 9-8) at Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday, March 1. Previously, the Yellow Jackets edged out Clemson 49-47 at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta on Sunday, Jan. 12. Sunday’s regular season finale in Clemson, S.C., is slated to tip off at 1 p.m. and air on ACC Network Extra.
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