Duel in the Desert: Clemson women open 3-game tourney run vs. UNLV

Tigers will also play Creighton, Oregon State in tournament at Las Vegas

New Clemson head women's basketball coach Audra Smith, left, chats with Kelly Gramlich during the first half of the Tigers' season opening exhibition game against Truett-McConnell Tuesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson.

Photo by Mark Crammer

New Clemson head women's basketball coach Audra Smith, left, chats with Kelly Gramlich during the first half of the Tigers' season opening exhibition game against Truett-McConnell Tuesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - The Clemson women’s basketball team will look to build on a five-game winning streak as it opens play at the Duel in the Desert on Thursday. The Tigers (6-3) will take on UNLV (2-7), Creighton (4-5), and Oregon State (6-2) in the round-robin Scarlett Bracket at Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV.

All three games will be available online. For audio, Thursday’s game will be TigerCast only, as the contest is at the same time as the men’s basketball game at Auburn. Friday and Saturday’s games will be on WCCP 104.9 FM, as well as on Tigercast.

The Tigers open with UNLV on Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern Time in the second-ever meeting between the programs. Clemson appeared in the same tournament on Dec. 21-22, 1993, going 1-1, with the loss coming to the Rebels.

Clemson and Creighton have never before met, while Oregon State won, 82-75, in the programs’ only meeting on Dec. 16, 1984.

The Tigers enter the weekend in the top 50 in the nation in scoring defense, defensive field goal percentage, blocks per game and fouls per game.

Offensively, Clemson has shot better than .500 in each of the last two games, including a .579 mark in an 88-46 win over SC State on Saturday. In that contest, Clemson knocked down a program-record 12 three-point goals, led by a school-record eight from Kelly Gramlich.

Quick Notes:

• Clemson ranks in the top-50 in the NCAA in: FG% D (.349, 38th); scoring D (58.6 ppg, 42th); blks/gm (5.0, 29th) & fouls/gm (16.6, 36th)

• The Tigers have won 5 in a row for the 1st time since 2008

• Clemson is shooting .490 during its streak, while holding opponents to .322 shooting

• Clemson's 88 pts vs. SC State were most since scoring 89 vs. Ohio on 12/19/09

• The Tigers are 5th in the ACC with 5.0 blocks per game; Niylah Jamison-Myers (11), Sade Chatman (10) & Quinyotta Pettaway (9) lead the way

• Tigers averaging just 16.2 turnovers per game & 14.6 during streak

• Charmaine Tay leads all CU players in rebounds (56), points (88), field goals (35) and steals (12)

• Chancie Dunn is a shooting team-best .556 (8th in ACC)

• Kelly Gramlich set school mark with eight three-pointers made vs SC State

• Pettaway is 16th on CU’s all-time rebounding list with 546

• Chelsea Lindsay ranks 5th in ACC at 33.4 mins/game

• Jamison-Myers set new career-best with 17 points vs. SC St.

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