Cold-shooting Lady Tigers fall to Deacs, as rally comes up short

Nikki Dixon led Clemson with 19 points

Women's Basketball - head Coach Audra Smith

Photo by Mark Crammer

Women's Basketball - head Coach Audra Smith

The Lady Tiger basketball team fell to Wake Forest (10-8, 1-4 ACC), 68-61, on Monday night at Littlejohn Coliseum.

With two minutes to play and facing an 11-point deficit, Clemson (9-10, 1-4) cut the Demon Deacon lead down to just three with 35 seconds remaining, but Wake Forest nailed their final four free throws of the game to clinch the victory.

Junior wing Nikki Dixon led the Tigers with 19 points and sophomore post Nyilah Jamison-Myers added 11 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high-tying three blocks. It was her first double-double of the season and the second of her career. Chancie Dunn added a career-high nine rebounds and four assists.

Clemson went cold from the floor in the second half, hitting just 10-of-39 (.256) attempts. The Tigers had a season-high 22 offensive rebounds, but managed just 13 second chance points.

Trailing 63-52 with 2:03 remaining in the game, Clemson went on a 9-1 run to cut the lead to 64-61, but Wake’s Dearica Hamby (29 points, 18 rebounds) and Chelsea Douglas (18 points) combined to go 4-4 from the line in the final seconds to seal the win.

Wake Forest tied a Clemson opponent record with 12 blocked shots in the contest, holding the Tigers to just .300 shooting, and a 1-12 (.083) mark from behind the arc.

Clemson went into halftime trailing by just three, 33-30, but a 15-4 spurt out of the locker room gave Wake Forest a 14-point lead. Clemson cut the deficit to four on a 10-0 run, six points of which came from Dixon. The Deacs again hung in, taking their lead out to 11 with two minutes to play.

Tay scored seven of her nine points over the next minute as Clemson cut the lead to three on a layup from Sade Chatman with 35 seconds left. From there, the Tigers could not get anything to fall, and were forced to foul.

Clemson falls to 49-18 in the all-time series with Wake Forest. The Tigers will return to action on Thursday at Syracuse in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m.

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