Nov. 19, 2001
Clemson, S.C. — Chrissy Floyd scored 17 points and Krystal Scott added 14 points and six assists, leading Clemson to a 73-62 victory over Illinois in women’s college basketball action at Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum Monday evening. The victory increased Clemson’s record to 2-0, while Illinois fell to 0-1. Clemson will now travel to New England to face Massachusetts on Sunday at 2:00 PM. South Carolina will visit Clemson on November 28th.
Maggie Slosser was a third Lady Tiger in double figures with 10 points. The Clemson center also pulled down seven rebounds in her 23 minutes of action. Rookie Leah Roper added 10 points off the bench for Clemson, who won the battle of bench scoring, 15-7.
Illinois also had four players in double figures. Center Iveta Marcauskaite led Illinois with 17 points, while Dawn Vana added 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds in a fine all-around performance. She also had two blocks and three steals. Cindy Dallas added 11 points before fouling out. Guard Shavonna Hunter scored 10, had five assists and five steals.
Illinois outshot Clemson 45.5 percent to 44.1 percent, but the smaller Lady Tigers won the rebound battle, 40-31. In fact, Illinois scored just two second-chance points the entire evening, while the Lady Tigers scored 10. The Lady Tigers shot 74 percent from the foul line, but Illinois made just 56 percent.
Clemson led 37-31 at intermission behind nine points from Scott, but the Clemson senior ran into foul trouble in the second half. Clemson shot just 36.4 percent in the first half, but Jim Davis’s team had 11 more shots. Illinois immediately cut the lead to one point, three minutes into the second stanza on a layup by Hunter. The score was tied at 46 at the 15:17 mark on a jumper by Vana. The visitors finally took the lead t the 11:24 mark, 55-54, on a jumper by Marcauskaite on a pass from Jere Issenmann.
The game remained close, a two-point differential at 61-59 with 8:39 left. But, Clemson then went on a 7-0 run to take a 68-59 lead with just 2:13 left. Slosser scored four of the points for the Lady Tigers and also did a fine effort on defense and in the rebound column during that stretch. A three-pointer by Hunter cut the margin to six with 1:55 left, but that was as close as Illinois could get. Clemson’s largest lead of the game was the final score.
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