Clemson women drop season opener to Davidson
CLEMSON, SC - The Clemson women’s basketball team fell in its season-opener to Davidson, 77-57, on Friday night in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers (0-1) will have a quick turnaround, playing host to Wofford on Sunday at 2:00 pm in Littlejohn. That game will be available on TigerCast at ClemsonTigers.com.
The game was the first in Audra Smith’s Clemson career. Her squad held Davidson to .351 shooting inside the arc, but the Wildcats did much of their damage from deep, hitting 10-15 , the third-highest three-point percentage allowed in Clemson history.
Clemson, by contrast, hit just one of ten three-point attempts. Chelsea Lindsay finished with 12 points, her highest total since scoring 10 in her first career game on Nov. 11, 2011, which also came against Davidson.
Senior Quinyotta Pettaway had a strong statistical evening, registering 17 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks, the 13th double-double of her career. The four blocks tied a career-high, and came in the first ten minutes of the game.
Clemson held an eight point lead in the first half, but Davidson fought back to take a 31-28 lead into the break. Clemson climbed back into the lead on a pair of Lindsay free throws with 12:48 to play, but a 14-0 run moments later turned a 50-48 lead into a 64-48 lead with 5:39 to play before a pair of Pettaway free throws stopped the run. The Tigers got no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Player of the Game: Quinyotta Pettaway, who had 17 points, 15 boards, and a career-high-tying four blocks
Stat of the Game: 40 Points in the Paint; Clemson fell despite holding a 40-24 advantage in points in the paint
Quinyotta Pettaway tied her career high in blocks with four. (last set December 16, 2012)
Pettaway led the Tigers in scoring (17), rebounding (15) and blocks (4).
Chelsea Lindsay set multiple personal career highs. Her 12 points, five field goals made and 13 field goals attempted broke previous highs of 10 points, four field goal makes and nine field goal attempts. Those previous highs were all set on November 11, 2011 vs. Davidson.
After a Kelly Gramlich 3 pointer with 17:34 to go in the first half, Clemson went 0-9 from beyond the arc.
Davidson shot 67% from 3, which is the third highest average that Clemson has ever allowed.
The loss was Clemson’s first ever loss to Davidson. Previously the Tigers were 3-0 with their last win coming in 2011.