Clemson Defeated By South Carolina, 77-46, In Women’s Basketball Action
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson senior Amanda Frist had a season high 15 points, but she was unable to lead her team to victory as the Lady Tigers fell to in-state rival South Carolina, 77-46, on Monday night.
The loss dropped Clemson to 6-8 on the year, while the Gamecocks won their seventh straight game to improve to 9-3.
Four South Carolina players scored in double figures, led by Iva Sliskovic with 15. Sliskovic also had a team-best 10 rebounds in just 27 minutes of play. Larissa Kulcsar, Stacy Booker and Lakesha Tolliver scored 14, 12 and 11, respectively, on the night.
Frist’s 15 points led the Lady Tiger squad, while Tasha Phillips scored 11 and collected a team-high six rebounds.
The Gamecocks shot 53.7% from the field (29-54) with a .941 mark from the free throw line (16-17). Clemson was held to just 18 field goals for 30% shooting.
South Carolina did not allow the Lady Tigers to score in the first 6:14 of the opening half. Tasha Taylor hit a jumper for Clemson’s first basket of the period before South Carolina’s Lakesha Tolliver put her team up by 12 at 14-2. The Lady Tigers were within nine points at 18-9, but the Gamecocks outscored Clemson 15-11 in the remaining 7:56 and took a 33-20 advantage into the halftime break.
South Carolina dominated the second half, scoring 44 points in the period. The Gamecocks went on a 20-4 run from the 11:57 mark until Phillips hit a jumper at 6:10. Frist had 11 points in the half, including two baskets off the glass in an attempt to inspire the team. However, South Carolina went on to claim the 77-46 victory.
The Lady Tigers will open their ACC season in Chapel Hill, NC on Friday, Jan. 6 against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Play is scheduled for 7:00 PM.