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Women’s Hoops Battles 6-1 Gamecocks

December 16, 1998

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP)–Clemson attempts to stay perfect when it takes on South Carolina on Thursday.

The Tigers (8-0) are among six undefeated teams in the top 25. Clemson joins top-ranked Connecticut, No. 5 Georgia, No. 9 Colorado State, No. 19 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Santa Clara.

Clemson is coming off its 19th consecutive home win, an 88-60 victory over Dartmouth on Monday. The Tigers, who shot 53 percent and outrebounded the Big Green 46-33, used a balanced attack behind 17 points from Amy Geren and 16 by Natasha Anderson.

After a week off for exams, South Carolina (6-1) will face its intrastate rival at the Carolina Coliseum.

Amy Lester led South Carolina with 27 points and 13 rebounds in an 80-40 victory over UNC-Asheville on Saturday. Up 35-20 at halftime, South Carolina extended the lead to as many as 45 points. The Lady Bulldogs were held to 35 percent shooting.

“Defensively, we looked better,” said South Carolina coach Susan Walvius. “There are still some holes and things we need to work on … to get ready to play Clemson.”

Her team worked the boards well, outrebounding the Bulldogs 51-31 overall and 25-8 on the offensive glass.

Louisiana State handed South Carolina its only loss, 88-73, on Dec. 1.