Lady Tigers' Nikki Dixon earns season's first ACC rookie of the week honor

Freshman guard, coach Itoro Coleman among just nine Clemson players ever to receive rookie honor

Women's Basketball - Nikki Dixon

Photo by Mark Crammer

Women's Basketball - Nikki Dixon

Clemson freshman women’s basketball player Nikki Dixon has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week for the period ending Nov. 13 by the conference office. The Blue Ribbon Panel of media members and staff around the league vote on the honor.

Dixon helped lead Clemson to a 2-0 start, pouring in 21 points in her collegiate debut against Davidson and following it up with 11 points on Sunday in Clemson’s win over S.C. State.

For the week, Dixon averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and shot .527 from the field, and hit four three-pointers. Her 21 points in the game were the most by a Tiger freshman since Lele Hardy scored 22 against Wake Forest in 2007.

She is the first Lady Tiger to earn the honor since 2007, when Lele Hardy claimed the distinction. Dixon is just the 9th Clemson player to earn the award, which has been handed out weekly since 1992.

Dixon’s coach, Itoro Umoh Coleman, is one of the other eight former Lady Tigers to be honored.

Clemson will play the 500th home game in Lady Tiger Basketball history on Thursday against South Carolina at 7:00 pm in Littlejohn Coliseum. Dixon is one of six freshmen on the current roster, which features two sophomores and two seniors.

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