Audra Smith gave her Tigers another attitude-adjustment lesson at halftime of their come-from-behind victory over North Florida on Sunday.
She'll be hoping it carries over when the Tigers visit UNC-Greensboro tonight.
Clemson fell behind by 10 points midway through the first half against North Florida on Sunday before rallying with a 19-1 run that spanned halftime. After giving up six open three pointers in the opening half, the Tigers held the Ospreys scoreless behind the arc in the second half, and limited the visitors to just 14 points in a 48-44 victory.
“I told the team that it’s about them - the scouting report went out the window," Smith said. "It’s about heart, passion, and desire. I said, ‘I’m sick of you guys starting out the game on a slow note and sitting back and waiting to see what the opposition is going to do.' You can’t let people come into your house and do whatever they want to do.
"The bottom line was we had given up six three’s that were uncontested, so we had to get out and play somebody. We wanted to make North Florida play a little faster, so we went out in man and denied the passing lanes, Chelsea (Lindsay) did an awesome job of getting us up the floor, and we did a good job of digging out of it.”
Smith says she likes what she's seeing offensively from Chancie Dunn and Charmaine Tay.
“We have this zone offensive play that we run, and usually its for people like Chancie and Charmaine, because they can get in there and survey and shoot that little high post jumper and attack the basket," Smith said. "Chancie kept getting layup after layup, so we said we were going to ride that horse until it breaks. So, we kept doing it.
"Those guys have to be able to score for us. They take a lot of pressure off of people like (Nikki) Dixon and (Quinyotta) Pettaway, and as we go along and get all four of those kids scoring together on a consistent basis we will be better offensively.
"Right now, what we are doing is really stressing defense. If we have to make it a sludge match and drag it out and play tough defense, then that is what we are doing to do.”
In tonight's game against UNC-Greensboro, which like Clemson brings a 4-3 mark into the contest, Smith will go against a Virginia grad in Wendy Palmer, who played for the Cavs when Smith was on Debbie Ryan's staff.
• Clemson ranks in the top-50 in the NCAA in: FG% D (.351, 48th); scoring D (58.6 ppg, 45th); blks/gm (5.0, 34th) & fouls/gm (16.1, 18th)
• Clemson’s 41 pts vs. Radford were fewest in a win in school history
• The Tigers have allowed 44 or fewer points in consecutive games for the 1st time since 1999
• The Tigers are 5th in the ACC with 5.0 blocks per game; Pettaway (8), Jamison-Myers (7), and Chatman (7), lead the way
• Tay leads all CU players in rebs (45), pts (67), FGA (60) & stls (12)
• Chancie Dunn is a shooting team-best .569 (8th in ACC)
• Kelly Gramlich has made 9 threes in the last three games