Women’s Basketball Opens Season Friday at Noon


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Smith's 2014-2015 team will have ten new players on the roster.
Smith's 2014-2015 team will have ten new players on the roster.

Game Information:
Who: CLEMSON TIGERS (0-0) vs. UNCG SPARTANS (0-0)
When: Friday, Nov. 14 at 12 pm
Where: Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
Watch: TigerCast: ClemsonTigers.com
Listen: WCCP 105.5 FM (Angela Mallen, William Qualkinbush) & Clemson Tigers Official App
Next Game: Clemson vs. Troy • Sunday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m. • Littlejohn Coliseum

CLEMSON, S.C. - The Clemson women’s basketball squad opens the 2014-15 campaign at noon against UNCG in Littlejohn Coliseum. More than 500 area students will be in attendance for the first “Learning in Littlejohn” event.

The Tigers open the season with ten newcomers and just four returners in head coach Audra Smith’s second season. Clemson won both of its exhibition games this season, and saw .865 percent of scoring come from newcomers in those contests.

The matchup sets Smith against UNCG coach Wendy Palmer, who attended UVa while Smith was on staff. The two met last season in Greensboro, a 77-71 Clemson win. The Tigers hold a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series.

Notes (in 140 characters or less):
The Tigers are 26-12 all-time in season-openers and 31-7 in home-openers
Audra Smith was an on staff at UVa while UNCG coach Wendy Palmer played there; Both are UVa grads (Smith, ‘92; Palmer, ‘96)
Clemson has 10 newcomers and just 4 returners
Of the returners, Chelsea Lindsay has started 65 of 68 career games, while Nikki Dixon has 74 starts in 87 career games
Just 42.7% of the Tigers minutes and 43.3% of scoring return from 2013-14
Clemson topped Queens, 73-36, in an exhibition on 11/2 and took down Georgia College, 68-56, on 11/8
Newcomers accounted for 86.5% of scoring and 79% of rebounding in Exs.
Shelbie Davenport led all Tigers at 17.5 ppg in the two exhibition games
Tiffany Lewis (13.5 ppg) and Nelly Perry (11.5) also averaged double figures
Ivy Atkism led Clemson at 8.0 rpg, Perry had 7.0 rpg
Clemson held exhibition opponents to 32-114 (.281) shooting
Dixon was named Preseason All-ACC by league coaches
Chelsea Lindsay played 1103 minutes last year, 3rd-most in team history

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