CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson women’s basketball fought back from a 28-point deficit to pull within one point with 4:50 to play, before ultimately falling to NC A&T, 82-74 on Friday afternoon in Littlejohn Coliseum. Freshman Amari Robinson netted a season-best 27 points for the Tigers (4-8, 0-1 ACC), while Kendall Spray scored a season-high 21 in the loss.
Clemson trailed 50-22 14 minutes into the game as NC A&T (7-4) hit nine three-pointers in the first half. The Tigers clawed back behind Spray and Robinson. Clemson assisted on 20-of-26 field goals, and were led by Destiny Thomas, who finished with a career-high seven helpers. She also added a career-best six steals.
Robinson’s 27 points came on an efficient 9-15 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers. She was 7-11 inside the paint, and 7-11 at the line. Her layup with 4:50 left brought the margin to 71-70, but her free throw missed the mark and the Aggies answered with a three from Deja Winters, who had a game-high 27. Robinson hit another layup 30 seconds later, but the Aggies again had an answer at the other end.
The Tigers added a season-best seven blocks on the day, including a career-high three by Hannah Hank, who also added three assists.
Clemson returns to action on Dec. 29 at Notre Dame as the Tigers head to ACC play for the rest of the season.