Daytona Beach, Fla. – No. 9/10 Maryland jumped out to an early lead and downed Clemson 63-44 on Friday evening inside the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. The win moves the Terrapins to 6-1 on the year, while the loss drops the Tigers to 2-5.
Amari Robinson led Clemson with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Kendall Spray added 11 and six rebounds. The junior from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., scored her 1000th career point on Friday night, coming to Clemson with 955 career points at UT Martin. The Tigers shot .727 (16-22) from the FT line on the day and pulled down 16 offensive rebounds.
Defensively, Clemson held the Terrapins below .500 from the floor at 21-62 (.339) and .280 from three (7-25). The Tigers out-rebounded Maryland, 43-36 and held the Terrapins 26 points below their season average.
Clemson’s offense got a spark from Robinson late in the first half, as the freshman scored seven of the Tigers’ nine points during a 9-2 run to close out the half. Clemson opened the third with five-straight points, highlighted by a three from Spray. Clemson then closed out the quarter on a 10-3 run to cut the lead to 11 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers cut the lead to nine on a layup by Shania Meertens to open the quarter, but Maryland put together a 16-0 run to thwart the Tiger comeback.
Clemson is back in action on Saturday night, taking on Alcorn State in an 8:00 p.m. matchup in Daytona Beach.