It wasn't supposed to be this way.
But despite losing her top two-rated freshmen - the team's leading scorer and rebounder - things may be beginning to look up for Itoro Coleman and her Lady Tiger basketball team.
Clemson has won its last two games and three of its last four with a lineup pared down by necessity.
Following the transfers of Danaeja Grant, Jonquel Jones and Chelsea Lindsay, and the decision of Deja Hawkins to take a medical hardship, Coleman was able to dress just seven players for Clemson's games against Radford and Providence. The Lady Tigers responded with double-digit victories in both games, and now are now 3-1 since losing their first six contests of the season.
The Lady Tigers will get a boost this weekend when sophomore guard Charmaine Tay becomes eligible after sitting out the past year as a transfer.
Tay, who out of high school was ranked as the No. 17 prospect in America by ESPN Hoopgurlz, is expected to play Saturday against Samford.
Following is a quick look at who's on board and who's not for the Lady Tigers as they prepare to move into their ACC schedule:
Quinyotta Pettaway: A 6-3 junior post from Hertford, N.C., Pettaway started 24 of 28 games last season and was one of the ACC's most improved players. She's averaging 8.6 points and 7.8 rebounds a game so far this season.
Natiece Ford: A 6-2 sophomore forward from Holly Springs, N.C., she was Coleman's first national top-50 signee and played in all 28 games as a freshman. She's currently averaging 2.9 points and 3.1 rebounds.
Nikki Dixon: A 5-11 sophomore wing from Alpharetta, Ga., Dixon led the Lady Tigers in scoring and steals last season and was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. She's currently the team's top scorer with a 13.1 average.
Chancie Dunn: A 5-7 junior guard from Decatur, Ga., she made 15 starts as a freshman. She's averaging 4.0 points and 2.2 rebounds.
Kelly Gramlich: A 5-10 sophomore guard from Austin, Texas, Gramlich started 15 games and led the Lady Tigers in three-point shooting last season. She's hit nine of 28 three-pointers this season.
Aisha Taylor: A 5-7 freshman guard from College Park, Ga., she was a McDonalds All-America nominee in high school. She's averaging 5.7 points and 2.3 rebounds, and leads the team in assists (29) and is second in steals (17).
Nyilah Jamison-Myers: A 6-3 freshman post from Orangeburg, S.C., she was an all-state performer and a McDonalds nominee in high school. She is the reigning ACC freshman of the week, and is averaging 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
Charmaine Tay: A 5-9 sophomore guard from Irvington, N.J., Tay began her college career at Louisville, where she played in 30 games for a team that advanced to the final 16 of the NCAA tournament. She was ranked No. 17 in her recruiting class out of high school. Tay has been practicing with the Lady Tigers since last January.
No Longer On The Team
Jonquel Jones: A pre-season All-ACC Freshman pick, Jones was averaging 9.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, with four double-doubles. She was ranked as the nation's No. 4 post player by ESPN HoopGurlz.
Danaejah Grant: A Parade All-American who was ranked as the nation's No. 65 player overall, she was leading the Lady Tigers in scoring with a 13.4 average.
Chelsea Lindsay: She started 33 of 36 games in her Clemson career, including seven this season. She led all ACC freshmen in minutes played last year.
Deja Hawkins: Although she will remain a Clemson student and continue her involvement with the team in a non-playing capacity, Hawkins opted to give up basketball and accept a medical hardship. She missed time last season as a freshman after suffering a seizure.