Junior Kelly Gramlich hit a school-record eight three-pointers in leading Clemson to an 88-46 win over S.C. State (1-5) on Saturday afternoon.
Clemson won its fifth straight game overall to improve to 6-3 behind 63 bench points and a school-record 12 three-pointers. Clemson upped its all-time mark to 14-4 against the Bulldogs.
Clemson scored on 39 of its 65 possessions and shot 33-57 (.579), while holding the Bulldogs to just 46 points on .281 shooting. The Tigers had their best offensive effort since scoring 89 points in an overtime win at Ohio on Dec. 14, 2009. Clemson’s efficiency was impressive, as they had 24 assists on 33 field goals.
Orangeburg native Nyilah Jamison-Myers netted a career-best 17 points (7-8 FG, 3-5 FT), with 13 coming in the second half, against her hometown team. Her previous career-best was 16, which she set against the Bulldogs last season.
Nikki Dixon (12 points, 5 assists) and Chancie Dunn (12 points, 6 assists) also scored in double-figures for the Tigers, who have won five in a row for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
Clemson opened the game on a 19-2 run over the first eight-plus minutes, and stretched the lead to 23 at 27-4 with 9:02 to play in the first half. The Tigers led by as many as 29 (38-9) after Gramlich’s fourth three-pointer of the half with 5:11 to play.
The Tigers stretched their lead to 40 midway through the second half, and cruised to the victory by 42, their largest margin of victory since defeating the Bulldogs, 83-38, in the 2011-12 season.
Clemson will play the next three away from home at the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas, NV, from Dec. 19-21. They’ll take on UNLV, Creighton, and Oregon State at the Cox Pavilion at UNLV.
Player of the Game: Kelly Gramlich - the junior from Austin, TX scored 24 points - all on three-pointers - and set a school-record with eight treys
Stat of the Game: 24 - Clemson had a season-high 24 assists on 33 field goals, including 15 on 17 first-half field goals.
• Kelly Gramlich led the way for the Tigers with 24 points on her way to a new career-high in points scored. Gramlich made back-to-back threes to give Clemson an early 12-2 lead, making this the fifth straight game she has made at least one three pointer.
• She hit 8 three pointers in the game, setting a new school record in that category. The previous record was six, which she held along with five other players
• She now has a total of 18 threes over the last five games.
• Nyilah Jamison-Myers, from Orangeburg, SC, contributed a career-high 17 points and 3 blocks off the bench this afternoon, and now has 33 career points against South Carolina State in two games.
• Jamison-Myers was 7-8 from the floor, and hit 3-5 from the line
• Sade Chatman maintained her season-long blocking consistency, as her 2 blocks tonight ensured that she still has a block in every game this season except one.
• Paige Mosley returned to the court tonight after missing the last four games with a knee injury. She had 4 points, 4 rebounds, and a steal in the contest.
• Chancie Dunn had 12 points, six assists, and no turnovers in the game. The six assists were the most by any Tiger this season
• In the first half, Nikki Dixon drew her second charge call of the season, the 18th of her career.
• Dixon finished with 12 points on 4-8 shooting, and had 5 assists and 4 rebounds
• Clemson has now won five games in a row for the first time since the 2008-2009 season.
• Clemson made 12 three-pointers in the game, setting a new school record.
• The 42-point victory was Clemson’s highest margin of victory since its 83-38 victory over S.C. State Nov. 13 of the 2011-2012 season.
• The 88 points scored by the Tigers was the most since December 19, 2009, when the Tigers scored 89 en route to an 89-81 overtime win at Ohio, and it was the most scored in regulation since the Tigers defeated Charleston Southern 104-52 December 6 of the same season.
• Clemson held SC State to .250 shooting in the first half, and .276 in the game.
• The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 36-16 in the paint, and the Tigers’ bench outscored the Bulldogs’ 63-21.
• The Tigers had a season-high 24 assists on 33 made field goals
• Clemson had just 12 turnovers in the contest