Clemson Downs Virginia, 78-71
Feb. 15, 2001
Clemson, SC – Clemson’s starting backcourt of Chrissy Floyd andKrystal Scott combined for 35 points and eight assists to leadClemson to a 78-71 win over Virginia Thursday night in women’scollege basketball action at Littlejohn Coliseum. The victory gaveClemson a sweep of Virginia in the regular season for the first timesince the 1995-96 season and just the second time since 1984-85.Clemson improved to 17-8 overall and 8-6 in the ACC. Virginia fellto 16-11 overall, 7-7 in the ACC.
Floyd, Clemson’s top scorer for the season, led the way with18 points on 6-13 shooting, while Scott added 17 points and sixassists. Marci Glenney had 14 points and eight rebounds to help theLady Tiger cause, while Erin Batth had 12 points and six rebounds.She made 5-6 shots from the field.
Virginia was led by Schuye LaRue, who had the game’s onlydouble-double. The athletic center had 19 points, 13 rebounds andfour steals. Svetlana Volnaya added 17 points, 14 of which came inthe first half. Guard Telisha Quarles also contributed 13 points.Chalois Lias was the top reserve of the evening with 12 points andeight rebounds to go with two blocks and two steals.
Clemson shot 48 percent from the field for the game,including 45.5 percent on three-point shots. But, Jim Davis’s club,which came into the contest leading the ACC in free throw shooting,made just 21-39 for the night, 54 percent.
Clemson began the game on an 11-4 run in the first 5:32behind six points by Glenney. Virginia battled back to make it a17-14 game, but the Lady Tigers then went on a 10-0 run, theirlongest surge of the game. An Erin Batth baseline jumper at the 9:08mark gave Clemson its largest lead of the night at 27-14.
But, Virginia went on a 9-0 run late in the half to pullwithin 33-29. Volnaya keyed the spurt with some outstandingshooting. Clemson scored the last four points of the half, however,to take a 38-29 lead at intermission.
The Cavaliers went on a 14-4 run to open the second half totake its first and only lead of the game at 43-42 on a three-pointgoal by Quarles. Clemson came back with an 8-2 run for a 50-45 leadon a drive by Scott, who went through the entire Virginia team on theplay.
Clemson held the advantage the rest of the game, but it wasnever easy. Virginia pulled to 54-53 at the 9:38 mark, and it wasjust a four-point game, 73-69 with 33 seconds left. But, Floyd madeone free throw, then reserve guard Andrea Gaines made two in a rowfor a 7-point advantage.
“Krystal Scott played very well for Clemson tonight, “saidVirginia Coach Debbie Ryan. “We had trouble keeping her frompenetrating our defense all night. That is a problem we usuallydon’t have. We scored enough points tonight, we just didn’t stoptheir guards from penetrating.
“We didn’t have our A game tonight because we couldn’t keepour post players out of foul trouble,” said Clemson Head Coach JimDavis. “We did not make our free throws and we gave up too many easyshots at the end. But, we were winners and survivors. Glenney gotus out of the starting gate quickly with some shots, she was able tobeat Volnaya a couple times early on dribble penetration. That was akey for us tonight, we were able to drive and get some easy hoops outof our offense and on transition.”