The Clemson women’s basketball team used a 19-1 run spanning halftime to come back from a 10-point deficit in defeating North Florida (2-5), 48-44, in Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday. The victory is Clemson’s third in a row under first-year head coach Audra Smith, who led the Tigers (4-3) to yet another defensive milestone in just her seventh game.
Clemson has held two consecutive opponents to 44 or fewer points (also held Radford to 39 on Wednesday) for the first time since Dec. 11 and Dec. 17, 1999. The 83 points conceded over the last two games is the fewest since 2008, when Clemson held Presbyterian College to 35 and South Carolina to 45 in consecutive outings, a total of 80 points.
Junior Charmaine Tay had a game-high 15 points, going 6-10 from the floor, while graduate Chancie Dunn added 13 points, 10 of which came in the second half. Dunn also went 6-10 from the floor, and had entered the game tied for 10th in the ACC in shooting percentage at .561.
A hot-shooting first half saw the Ospreys bury six three-pointers on 11 attempts (.545), and shoot .440 overall, en route to taking a lead as large as 30-20. Tay hit a three-pointer just before the half that narrowed the gap to 30-23 at the break.
The Tiger defense clamped down, holding the Ospreys without a field goal for nearly eight minutes out of the locker room. By the time UNF hit their first field goal with 12:36 to play, Clemson had built at 39-31 lead. In all, the Ospreys went 0-9 from behind the arc in the second half, and were just 6-29 (.207) overall in the frame.
After Raneisha Lamar hit a layup to cut the Clemson lead to two with 2:30 to play, Dunn had an answer in the form of a running left-handed layup to give the Tigers a 44-40 lead with 2:02 to play. After a defensive stop, Pettaway would hit two free throws to give the Tigers a 48-42 lead. Clemson overcame three missed free throws and a turnover in the final 45 seconds to hold on for the win.
Clemson improved to 1-0 all-time against North Florida in women’s basketball. The Tigers will be back in action on Thursday at UNC Greensboro, before breaking for finals.
Player of the Game: Chancie Dunn - Dunn hit 6-10 from the floor for 13 points, and added three assists, two steals, and two rebounds in 35 minutes.
Stat of the Game: 0-9 - After allowing the Ospreys to hit 6-11 from behind the arc in the first half, Clemson held UNF to a 0-9 mark in the second half
Nyilah Jamison-Myers had five rebounds, her season-high
Chelsea Lindsay finished with a season-high five assists, tied for the most by any player this season, and also set a season-high with three steals
Kelly Gramlich tied her season-high in rebounds with 5, and also had at least one three-point goal in her third straight game
Chancie Dunn went 6-10 form the floor, uppping her field goal percentage to .569 on the season. She already has 29 FGM in 195 minutes this season after totaling just 38 in 545 minutes last season
Charmaine Tay scored in double-figures for the third time this season; She had scored in double-figures just twice in her career prior to this season
Tay now has 28 made field goals in seven games and 215 minutes; She had 26 FGM all of last season in 633 minutes, and 18 games played
Tay hit her second career three-point goal, a fadeway jumper as the shot clock expired with five seconds to play in the first half
The Tigers are now 1-0 all-time against North Florida
Clemson finished with a season-low ten turnovers, the fewest since the ten it had at Miami on Feb. 7, 2013.
The Tigers have held consecutive opponents to 44 or fewer points for the first time since 1999
The 83 points allowed in the last two games combined are the fewest by Clemson opponents since 2008, when South Carolina and Presbyterian College combined to score 80 in back-to-back games.