Lady Tigers put up a fight, but fall to Syracuse 63-53 in ACC tourney

Nikki Dixon, Nyilah Jamison-Myers lead Clemson for second straight day

Clemson's Nikki Dixon, front, pushes around Syracuse's Brianna Butler, back, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Syracuse won 63-53. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Clemson's Nikki Dixon, front, pushes around Syracuse's Brianna Butler, back, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 6, 2014. Syracuse won 63-53. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

GREENSBORO, NC - The 13th-seeded Clemson women’s basketball team fell to fifth-seeded Syracuse, 63-53, in the Second Round of the ACC Tournament in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Clemson’s season comes to a close with a final record of 13-19 overall, the second-highest win total in the last ten seasons.

Nikki Dixon (15 points) and Nyilah Jamison-Myers (15 points) each scored in double-figures for the second straight game to lead the offense. They had combined for 41 in Wednesday’s 69-56 win over 12-seed Virginia Tech.

Dixon hit a right-wing three to pull Clemson within three, 44-41, with 10:40 remaining, but the Orange went on a 12-2 run over the next four-plus minutes to pull away for the ten-point win. The game featured 10 lead changes and three ties.

Clemson shot a higher percentage than Syracuse for the second time this season, and fell to 0-2 against the Orange when doing so. The Tigers were 13-2 against all other opponents when out-shooting them.

Syracuse had just one player score in double-figures, Brittney Sykes, who had ten points on 4-13 shooting. Six other Syracuse players had six or more points, as the Orange knocked in seven three-pointers and scored 22 second chance points.

Player Notes

- Nikki Dixon took her team-leading 13th and 14th charges of the season, giving her 30 in her career.

- Dixon scored 15 points, her 21st game in double-figures this season, and 60th in 88 career games.

- Dixon has scored in double-figures in all four of her ACC Tournament games.

- Nyilah Jamison-Myers hit double-figures for the second straight game, totaling 15 points; She scored a career-high 19 points in Wednesday’s contest; She also led Clemson in rebounds (7) and blocked shots (3).

- Kelly Gramlich moved alone into fifth in school history for three-pointers made in a season with 66.

- Quinyotta Pettaway fouled out in just 19 minutes in her 107th and final career game. She finished with eight points and five rebounds.

Team Notes

- Clemson falls to 30-35 in the ACC Tournament All-time.

- Syracuse leads the all-time series, 3-0, with two of those wins coming this season.

- The Tigers went 9-10 (.900) from the free throw line, a season-best. It is the first time the team has shot .900 or better in a minimum of 10 attempts since going 18-19 (.947) in the 2009 ACC Tournament upset of Georgia Tech.

- Clemson shot a higher percentage (.429 - .397) but lost for just the 4th time all season. Two of those losses are to Syracuse, while Tigers are 13-2 against all others.

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