Virginia Falls at Clemson, 63-62
Jan. 2, 2003
Clemson, S.C. – In the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams, Virginia fell at Clemson 63-62 on Thursday evening.
The Cavaliers stand 5-6 on the season, 0-1 in ACC play, while the Lady Tigers improved to 9-3 overall and 1-0 in the league.
“We came out strong. I just think we are not quite there yet,” said Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan. “We had good shots we couldn’t put down.”
Virginia jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first half and held Clemson to one bucket over the first fifteen minutes. UVa. held the lead at the break, 27-25.
In the second half Clemson took over the lead and went up by as many as 10, 49-39 with 8:38 remaining. UVa. widdled away to come within 2, 63-61 with 37 seconds on the clock. A Clemson foul sent Sophomore LaTonya Blue (Baltimore, Md.) to the line with :00.7 on the clock for two shots. After missing the first, Blue converted the second and the game was over.
“Without LaTonya Blue we wouldn’t be here,” added Ryan. “She played great defense on Chrissy Floyd. LaTonya wins more games for me then she loses.
For the Cavaliers Sophomore Brandi Teamer (Joliet, Ill.) claimed her 15th career double-double (second of the season) with a season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds. She converted 8 of 10 from the line. Sophomore Cherrise Graham (Conshohocken, Pa.), Junior Anna Prillaman (Midlothian, Va.), and Senior Liz Sahin (Hatay, Turkey) added 9 points each.
Chrissy Floyd paced Clemson with 18 points while Lakeia Stokes added 16 points, including a perfect 10 for 10 from the line.
Overall the Lady Tigers out-rebounded the Cavs, 45-41.
Virginia will play its fifth straight road game on Sunday, January 5 at Wake Forest. The game will be televised beginning at 3 p.m. by the Regional Sports Network.
Charlottesville’s WINA Radio (1070 AM) broadcasts each UVa game live with Jed Williams and Myron Ripley calling the action.
1 2 - FinalVirginia (5-6, 0-1) 27 35 - 62Clemson (9-3, 1-0) 25 38 - 63