Jan. 19, 2005
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A pair of 1-2 conference teams will take to the court Thursday night, as Clemson plays host to Virginia Tech in ACC action from Littlejohn Coliseum. The Lady Tigers stand at 7-8 overall, while Virginia Tech holds an 11-4 record. Thursday’s meeting will be just the fifth ever between the two schools.
Clemson holds a 3-1 advantage in the series. However, the Hokies won 68-58 the last time they met in 2001-02 in Blacksburg. Head Coach Jim Davis is 1-1 at Clemson versus Virginia Tech.
The Lady Tigers have dropped two straight after winning their conference opener against N.C. State. In its most recent action, Clemson fell 68-49 to Virginia on Sunday in Charlottesville. Tasha Phillips had 15 points in that game, and is second on the squad averaging 11.0 points per game in ACC play.
Reggie Maddox continues to lead Clemson, as she is first on the team in scoring (10.1 points per game), assists (66), steals (27), and second in rebounding average (6.0 per game). She had 10 in the loss at Virginia on Sunday.
The starting small forward over the last four games for Clemson has been freshman D’Lesha Lloyd. She is tops on the Lady Tiger squad with 12.3 points per game in conference play. She had a career-high 19 in the win over N.C. State.
Amanda White continues to hold down the center position for the Lady Tigers. She comes into Thursday’s game averaging 7.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. She is also one of the team’s best free throw shooters at 78.7 percent.
Lauren Allen and Moreemi Davis are the leading candidates to start at the power forward position. Allen has seen more minutes through 15 games this season than her first two years at Clemson combined. She averages 3.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. At Virginia, Davis earned her first career start and had four rebounds and a blocked shot.
The Virginia Tech Hokies lost a heartbreaker last time out, a 76-75 overtime game at home against N.C. State. In that game, Carrie Mason had 14 points and four assists to lead the Hokies. She is the team’s leading shooter at 46.9 percent from beyond the three-point line. The leading scorer for Beth Dunkenberger’s squad has been Erin Gibson at 12.8 points per game. The 6-2 Gibson also averages 5.8 rebounds per game.
The Hokies are hitting 44.2 percent of their shots from the field, compared to 37 percent for the Lady Tigers. Virginia Tech shoots 37.3 percent from three-point range as well.
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