Nov. 16, 2017
No. 4/2 Women's Basketball at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Lindsey Spann made six of seven 3-pointers and scored 20 points in No. 4. South Carolina's 66-36 victory over Clemson on Thursday night.
Spann's outside accuracy freed up defending national champion South Carolina (3-0) in the paint. A'ja Wilson scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds, her third double-double in three games.
Clemson's 36 points were the lowest ever by a team in the rivalry's 63 games. The previous low was South Carolina's 40 points in 1990.
Clemson (2-1) gave its fans brief hope, taking a 4-2 lead just over two minutes in, leading to a timeout by Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley after her team had two of its first five shots blocked.
But the Tigers missed their next 11 shots and Spann hit three 3-pointers in that span as South Carolina took an 18-4 lead. Clemson would make just three of its next 25 shots and trailed the defending national champions 37-11 at half.
By then, the South Carolina fans who nearly filled two sections right down to courtside, were shouting their cheers back and forth and enjoying a worry-free 13th straight win.
While the fans of the bitter rivals may not like each other, the coaches of the teams are good friends. Staley and Tigers coach Audra Smith played together all four years at Virginia and shared a long hug and a laugh before Thursday night's game.
The Gamecocks headed to the locker room with a 37-11 advantage after closing the second period on a 7-0 run. Carolina held Clemson scoreless over the final 4:34 of the first half.
Carolina's defense was locked in early against a Clemson squad that shot just 17.9 percent from the floor in the first half. The Tigers were held to single digits in the first (7) and second (4) quarters.
Carolina returns to action this weekend when it hosts Wofford on Sun., Nov. 19. Tipoff at Colonial Life Arena is slated for 3 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on SEC Network+.
The South Carolina Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) will host a pep rally prior to the game to support its Canned Food Drive as part of the Palmetto Series. The event outside Colonial Life Arena, which begins at noon, will include food trucks and local restaurants selling food as well as a silent auction. Proceeds from the event as well as canned food donations that fans bring to the game will go to local food banks.
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