Dec. 19, 2005
CLEMSON, SC – Head Coach Cristy McKinney’s Lady Tigers will look for their fifth win of the season against Winthrop on Tuesday night. Clemson has won two straight games and four of its last five for a 4-6 overall record in the young season. The Lady Tigers and Lady Eagles will take to the court at 7:00 PM at Littlejohn Coliseum on Dec. 20. Fans can follow the action with Dan Scott and Kanetra Queen on 104.9 WCCP-FM or by accessing livestats on www.clemsontigers.com.
Clemson’s point guard Tasha Taylor handed out 11 assists against Wagner on Sunday to bring her season total to 65 and improve her assist per game ratio to an ACC-leading 6.5. Fellow guards Julie Talley and Tasha Phillips have posted double-figure point totals in each of the Lady Tigers’ last five games and are averaging 14.2 and 17.0 points per game, respectively, during the stretch. Talley has made 34 of 70 three-point field goals on the year for .486 percentage and currently ranks fourth in the school record books for threes made over a career with 128.
On the inside, Clemson has rejected 72 shots this season. The 7.2 block per game average ranks second in the conference and is aided by senior Khaili Sanders’ 23 total blocks. The native of Atlanta, GA is listed third in the league individually with a 2.3 ratio.
Scouting the Winthrop Lady Eagles Winthrop is coming off of a nine-day break from action, playing their last game against Norfolk State on Dec. 11. The Lady Eagles won that contest by a score of 66-42 to improve their overall record to 2-5 on the year.
Winthrop’s leading scorer in the first three games, Tiffany Rodd, suffered an injury and has not played in the Lady Eagles’ last four games. In her absence, Ashley Fann has posted an 11.4 point per game average, shooting 52.9% from three-point range. Fann also ranks second on the team, collecting 5.1 rebounds per game. As a team, the Lady Eagles are shooting 37.9% from behind the three-point line and average just over 35 rebounds per game.
The Series Tuesday’s contest between Clemson and Winthrop will be the 14th in history. The Lady Tigers lead the series score by a 12-1 margin, including a 9-0 record in games played on their home court. The Lady Eagles won the first contest between the two schools in the 1975-76 season, but Clemson has been the victor in the last 12. In the most recent contest during the 2002-03 season, the Lady Tigers defeated Winthrop by a score of 90-52 at Littlejohn Coliseum.
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