CLEMSON, SC -- It was a senior night at Clemson, but it was sophomore
guard Chrissy Floyd who led the way with 21 points, six rebounds in
three steals, pacing the Lady Tigers to a 68-49 victory over Georgia
Tech in women's college basketball action at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Clemson improved to 18-8 overall, 9-6 in the ACC. Tech fell to
12-13 overall 3-11 in the ACC.
The victory gave Clemson a sweep of the regular season
against Georgia Tech. Clemson won 72-64 in Atlanta earlier in the
Clemson will finish its ACC regular season play on Thursday
night at Florida State in a game that will have a bearing on the #2
seed in the tournament. The Lady Tigers will then meet the Nashville
All-Stars in an exhibition game to close the regular season.
Floyd, an All-ACC candidate, hit 7-11 shots from the field,
and scored her 21 points in just 29 minutes. She was supported by
Krystal Scott, who had 13 points and five assists, while freshman
Maggie Slosser added 10 off the bench.
Senior Erin Batth scored just four points, but had a game
high 12 rebounds and four assists. She was the hub of Clemson's
defense that held Tech to 36.5 percent shooting, including just 27.6
percent in the second half. Senior Nuria Forns scored five, while a
third Clemson senior, Andrea Gaines, did not score, but had three
assists and three rebounds.
Tech was led by Jaime Kruppa who had a double-double with 12
points and 10 rebounds. Milli Martinez scored 12 points and had four
steals. Jasmina Pacariz added nine points off three three-point
The two teams battled on even terms for the first 12 minutes
of the game. Georgia Tech cut Clemson's lead to 19-18 on a shot from
the inside by Jaime Kruppa at the 8:02 mark. But, Clemson then went
on an 11-0 run over the next 3:50. Floyd scored five points, while
three other Lady Tigers added a bucket. Marci Glenney's drive for a
score from the left side gave the Lady Tigers a 30-19 lead at the
Clemson went on to a 37-26 lead at intermission.
Martinez hit a pair of three-pointers in the first three
minutes of the second half and it was a seven-point game, 39-32 at
the 17:08 mark. Tech immediately called timeout at this juncture.
Clemson used the timeout to shore up its defense. Tech
scored just four points on two baskets over the next 14 minutes.
Clemson scored 25 points during that time, 11 by Floyd. Floyd's
drive to the basket at the 3:21 mark gave Clemson a 64-36 lead. That
was the largest lead of the game for Clemson. Tech scored 13 points
over the last 2:51 of the game to cut the final margin to 19.
"Erin Batth played well on the defensive end, said Clemson
Head Coach Jim Davis. "She was the key to tonight's win. Time and
again she disrupted Tech's offense by deflecting passes. We
dominated the rebounding on both ends, that was important because we
have not been a good rebounding team this year. It was special
winning on senior night for these three seniors who have had so much
to do with the success of this program the last four years.