Nov. 19, 2006
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CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s basketball team (1-2) will travel to in-state rival South Carolina (1-1) on Monday night for the Lady Tigers’ first road contest of the 2006-07 season. The game is scheduled to begin play at 7:00 pm at the Colonial Center in Columbia, SC. Don Munson will provide play-by-play as the game will be broadcast on the Clemson Tigers Sports Network. Kanetra Queen will join him on the air as the color commentator. Fans may also follow the action via livestats by accessing the link at www.clemsontigers.com.
Junior Tasha Taylor leads the Clemson offense with a 15.7 points per game average. The Columbus, GA native has scored in double figures in all three of the Lady Tigers’ games this year and recorded a career high with 18 points against Chattanooga. Christy Brown is also averaging better than 10 points per game with a 12.3 figure. She also leads the team with 18 assists.
Carrie Whitehurst boasts a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game average. She has pulled down 22 rebounds so far this season.
Clemson vs. South Carolina The Lady Tigers lead the overall series score against South Carolina by a 31-20 margin, dating back to the first meeting between the in-state rivals in 1976. However, the Gamecocks hold a 13-10 edge in games played on their home court and won last year’s contest in Clemson by a 77-46 margin. The Lady Tigers claimed the last match-up in Columbia, winning 87-79 in overtime during the 2004-05 season.
Scouting the Gamecocks The South Carolina women’s basketball team won its first game of the season, a 78-53 victory over East Tennessee State, but the Gamecocks then fell to Penn State, 68-57, in State College, PA. They return all five starters from last year’s 17-12 team and have 12 total letterwinners back.
Melanie Johnson owns a team-best 15.5 scoring average. She is also tied for the team lead in rebounding with Ilona Burgrova as both have pulled down 11 boards in the Gamecocks’ two contests.
Overall, South Carolina is averaging 67.5 points per game with a 44.5 rebounds per game figure.
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