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Women’s Basketball Opens Season Nov. 14

November 13, 1998

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson women’s basketball team will open its 1998-99 season Saturday night as the Lady Tigers entertain UNC-Asheville in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:00 p.m.

Clemson finished the 1997-98 season ranked 14th in the Associated Press poll, and 21st in the USA Today poll.

Clemson finished the 1997-98 season with a 25-8 record overall. The Lady Tigers also had a 12-4 mark in the ACC. The Lady Tigers finished the season undefeated at home with a 13-0 record. This is the first time the Lady Tigers have ever been undefeated at home.

The Tigers feature four seniors on the 1998-99 roster and they include: Natasha Anderson, Nikki Blassingame, Itoro Umoh, and Amy Geren.

Clemson was led in scoring in 1997-98 by Amy Geren with a 13.5 ppg. average. Itoro Umoh averaged 12.0 ppg. Nikki Blassingame led the team in rebounding with a 5.0 rpg. mark. Umoh led the team in assists (136) and steals (74).

Amy Geren and Itoro Umoh were named All-Atlantic Coast Conference as announced by the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association. Geren was named to the first team, while Umoh was named to the second team.

Clemson received its 11th NCAA Tournament bid in 1997-98 since the NCAA Tournament was started in 1982. Head Coach Jim Davis has led Clemson to 10 NCAA Tournaments appearances in his 11 years at Clemson. The Lady Tigers have a 10-11 record in the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Jim Davis is 10-10 in the NCAA Tournament over the years.

Itoro Umoh is 15th on the Clemson career list for most points scored with 1,010. Amy Geren has 970 points and is 18th on the Clemson career list for most points scored.

This will also be the season opener for UNC-Asheville.