CLEMSON - Jim Davis figured the best way to keep Kaayla Chones from
single-handedly beating his Clemson team was to keep her from getting the
Chalk one up for Davis.
The Lady Tigers' second-half switch to halfcourt pressure forced N.C.State
into turnover after turnover Thursday night, allowing Clemson to pull away
for a 62-51 win at Littlejohn Coliseum.
The 6-foot-3 Chones scored 13 points in the first half and nine more in the
first 7:00 of the second. But the sophomore scored just two more points after
Clemson began applying the pressure.
"I asked at halftime who slapped Chones and woke her up," Davis said. "She's
a heck of a player, for sure. But it was in our game plan to use the pressure
to pull their people away from the basket. Their guards are relatively young
and had some problems, so we stuck with it for longer than we intended."
The defensive surge served as a jumpstart for the Clemson (12-7, 4-4 Atlantic
Coast Conference) offense.
Leading just 34-31 with 13:34 to go, the Lady Tigers went on a 19-7 run over
the next 9:00 to take control, 55-38. Marci Glenney, who finished with a
team-high 19, scored six during the spurt, with Chrissy Floyd and Lakeia
Stokes added four each.
Save for a 3-pointer by Julie Aderhold, all of Clemson's points during the
stretch came in the paint as they turned Wolfpack (9-9, 3-4) mistakes into
"We had a stretch of seven straight possessions where we turned the ball over
and they took care of the ball," said State coach Kay Yow. "That was the game
right there. Our point guards really struggled...Clemson's pressure defense
in the second half took its toll on our team."
The Wolfpack committed a total of 24 turnovers in the game, 11 during the
final 13 minutes of the second half.
Chones finished with a game-high 22 points to lead N.C. State.