Lady Tigers battle No. 10 NC State into overtime, but lose, 69-63

Audra Smith: 'After the half we came out stagnant and slow, and I have no idea why'

Women's Basketball - Nikki Dixon

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Women's Basketball - Nikki Dixon

The Lady Tiger basketball team fell to 10th-ranked NC State (22-3, 9-2 ACC), 69-63, in overtime on Thursday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Clemson (11-15, 3-9 ACC) finished the second half on an 8-2 run over the final five minutes to force the extra period but the Wolfpack outscored the Tigers 13-7 in the extra frame for the victory.

The Tigers, who did not practice yesterday due to the weather, fell to a third straight top-10 opponent. The tip time was moved up more than three hours, and Clemson showed little signs of rust in the early going, taking a 26-15 lead with six minutes to play in the first half.

The Wolfpack rallied and led by as many as seven in the second half before Clemson fought back to force overtime, its second overtime game of the season.

Nikki Dixon led the Tigers with 18 points for her 17th game this season in double-figures. Quinyotta Pettaway added 17 points and seven rebounds in 37 minutes off the bench. Chelsea Lindsay scored 12 points while Chancie Dunn finished with 10.

Clemson shot .491 percent for the game, their second-highest mark against an ACC team this season. The Tigers also held NC State to 69 points in the game, their fewest point since scoring 62 at Wake Forest on January 12, a stretch of eight games. The Wolfpack also scored just 56 points in regulation, which would have been their fewest in a game this season.

The Tigers shot .609 percent (14-23) from the field in the first half for a halftime lead of 34-30.

Clemson will return to action at Pitt on Sunday. Clemson defeated the Panthers, 77-67, in Littlejohn earlier this season.

Clemson coach Audra Smith

“I really want to credit my team. Believe it or not, we did not practice yesterday. We could not get out to practice. I was a little peeved about that, but we could not get out to practice.

"We had a longer shoot-around and went through the scouting report and we knew what we should be doing. I felt like the first half these guys really competed and played hard.

"After the half we came out stagnant and slow, and I have no idea why. Then we turned it on again and picked it up late and the game and forced the game into overtime.

"Once we head into overtime we were dead after those two offensive rebounds. They got two offensive rebounds and went up four and we were dead ducks after that. It all comes down to defending and offensive rebounds. The ones they got they turned into points.”

Team Notes

- Clemson wore orange uniforms at home due to NC State in their white and pink attire

- NC State was the third straight top ten opponent for the Tigers, just the second time in school history that has occurred.

- The last time the Lady Tigers defeated an opponent ranked in the top-10 was December 21, 2000 against ninth-ranked Auburn. NC State was ranked 10th entering Thursday’s contest.

- Clemson shot 60.9% from the field in the first half, second highest of the season. This is the highest percentage in a half since the Tigers shot .667 (12-18) against the Syracuse Orange on January 23.

- The Tigers did not attempt a three-pointer in the first half for the first time all season and did not make a three-pointer all game. Clemson averages 11.9 attempts per game and the last time it did not hit from beyond the arc was against Oregon State on December 21st.

- Clemson shot a higher percentage but lost the game for just the second time this season. The Tigers had been 11-1 in those games. The Tigers were also 9-1 entering Thursday when leading at the half.

- Clemson had been 7-2 this season when outscoring an opponent in the paint. Clemson won that battle, 38-30, against the Wolfpack.

- It was Clemson’s second overtime game of the season, with first an 80-79 win in Atlanta on Jan. 30.

Player Notes

- Charmaine Tay drew a charge with 6:31 in the opening half, her 5th of the season and ninth of her career. She is tied for second on the team.

- Quinyotta Pettaway has scored in double-figures 6 of the past 7 games. Pettaway finished with 17 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field. She also scored her 800th career point during the contest.

- Chelsea Lindsay reached double-figures for the first time since NJIT on January 2nd. She scored 12 points in the contest, matching her career-high, which she has done three times this season.

-Chancie Dunn scored in double-figures for the second straight game and registered her 500th career point during the contest.

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