March 10, 2002
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s basketball team has received a NCAA Tournament bid for the seventh straight year, the 14th time in the last 15 years.
The Lady Tigers are the 11th seed in the Mideast Region. Clemson will play sixth-seeded Arkansas in the first round in Manhattan, KS on Friday, March 15. Third-seeded Kansas State and 14th-seeded Kent State will meet in the second game. The two winners will meet in the second round on March 17. Game times will be announced Monday. The Mideast Regional is in Milwaukee, WI.
Arkansas has a 19-11 record overall and finished 7-7 in the SEC. The Lady Razorbacks had their best run ever in the SEC tournament as Arkansas lost to Vanderbilt 81-79 in the SEC Championship game.
Arkansas is led in scoring by Shameka Christon with a 15.9 ppg. average. She also leads the team in rebounding with a 6.1 rpg. mark. This is the seventh NCAA appearance in the tournament for Arkansas. Kansas State has a 24-7 record overall. They are led in scoring by Nicole Ohlde with a 17.6 ppg. average. Kendra Wecker leads the Wildcats in rebounding with an 8.3 rpg. mark. Kent State has a 20-10 record overall this season. Kate Miller leads the team in scoring with a 14.7 ppg. average. Andrea Csaszar leads the squad in rebounding with a 6.9 rpg. mark.
This is the 15th time the Lady Tigers have been to the NCAA Tournament since the NCAA first started the women’s tournament in 1982. Under Head Coach Jim Davis, this is the 14th time in his 15 years at Clemson that the Lady Tigers have participated in the NCAA Tournament. Since 1988, Clemson is tied for sixth for the most NCAA appearances with 14. Also since 1988, Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis is tied for fourth among Head Coaches with the most NCAA Tournament Appearances.
Clemson is led in scoring by sophomore Chrissy Floyd. She is averaging 17.8 ppg. Krystal Scott is second on the team in scoring with a 10.5 ppg. average. Maggie Slosser leads the team in rebounding with a 5.0 rpg. Krystal Scott leads the team in assists with 106 or 3.79 assists per game.
Clemson has a 17-11 record overall this season. The Lady Tigers finished the ACC race tied for third place with a 9-7 record in league play.
In Clemson’s 14 previous NCAA Tournaments, the Lady Tigers have a 14-14 record. The Lady Tigers have been to been to the NCAA Final 16 four times (1989, 1990, 1991, 1999) and have been to the NCAA Final 8 once in 1991.
“I am very happy for this team and for our program in receiving a bid to the NCAA Tournament,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. “I was very pleased and this is a credit to this team and how much they have improved since the early part of the season. Obviously it is going to be tough. Arkansas is a well-coached team and they have played so well and improved so much during the course of the season.”
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