Lady Tigers fall to Jackets, end season at 9-21


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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Clemson’s 2014-15 season come to a close on Wednesday in a 80-53 loss to 11th-seeded Georgia Tech (18-13) in the First Round of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. The 14th-seeded Tigers close the season at 9-21. Senior Chelsea Lindsay scored 12 points to lead the Tigers in her final career game, while freshmen Shelbie Davenport and Cha’nelle Perry added 10 apiece in the loss.

Senior Nikki Dixon finished the game scoreless for only the third time in her career, ending her four years as Clemson’s fifth all-time leading scorer at 1,598 points. She became just the third Clemson player ever to lead the team in scoring in all four seasons, joining Barbara Kennedy and Chrissy Floyd. Dixon finished 0-5 from the floor in 17 minutes of action, snapping her streak of four straight ACC Tournament contests in double-figures.

The Tigers did hold the ACC’s second-leading scorer, Kaela Davis (20.1 ppg), to a career-low three points, but surrendered 20 points to Aaliyah Whiteside and 20 points and 14 rebounds to Rodrekka Rogers, her 5th consecutive double-double against the Tigers.

Georgia Tech defeated Clemson in all three meetings this season, and jumped out to an early 14-5 lead in the first six minutes on Wednesday. Trailing by seven just moments later, Georgia Tech used a 15-0 run to take a 37-15 lead with 4:05 to play in the half. The Tigers went into half trailing 44-23, but opened the second on a 13-2 run, cutting the deficit to ten. However, that is as close as the Tigers would get the rest of the way, in falling to 4-2 against the Jackets in the ACC Tournament all-time.

Clemson’s freshmen played 3,182 minutes this season, and yet set the all-time record for free throw percentage (.745), surpassing the record of .716 in 1994-95, and committed 493 turnovers, the fewest since 2003-04.

Individual Notes:
Chelsea Lindsay scored in double-figures for the 4th time this season, netting 12 points

It was Lindsay’s most points in a game since scoring 12 at Georgia Tech on Jan. 4, 2015

Nikki Dixon was held scoreless for just the third time in her career. (2/26/12 at GT, 11/20/13 vs. SCAR)

Georgia Tech’s leading scorer, Kaela Davis, scored just three points, the lowest total of her career. She entered the game averaging 20.1 ppg (Davis fouled out in just 12 minutes of action)

Nelly Perry scored 10 points, her seventh double digit scoring effort of the season

Shelbie Davenport made her 19th consecutive free throw before missing one late in the second half. It was tied for the 8th-longest made free throw streak in school history.

Davenport scored in double figures for the 8th time in the last nine games, finishing with 10

Team Notes:
The Tigers began the second half on a 13-2 run

Clemson only committed 12 turnovers, giving them 493 for the season, the fewest in a season since 2003-04.

Clemson shot 11-15 from the free throw line, setting the all-time record for team free throw percentage at .745, topping the .716 mark set in 1994-95

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