Amanda White and Julie Aderhold both had double figure scoring outings, but it was not enough for the Lady Tigers on Wednesday night as Clemson fell to host school Alaska Anchorage 61-58 in the championship game of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage. The game was played at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage in front of 6,774 hometown fans.
Clemson suffered its first loss of the season and is now 2-1, while Alaska Anchorage, coached by former Clemson assistant coach Jody Hensen, improved to 4-0. Clemson will play host to 15th ranked Rutgers on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM.
White led Clemson with 13 points on 6-10 shooting, and
Aderhold added 12 points, all in the second half. She played 36
minutes without a turnover. Those were the only Lady Tigers in
Maggie Slosser led the rebounders with 11 and she scored six
points, while leading scorer Lakeia Stokes was held to nine points,
but the senior guard had 10 rebounds, five assists and seven blocked
shots. The blocked shot total was a Clemson single game record for a
guard and the most blocks by any Lady Tiger since January 30, 1985
when center Peggy Caple had seven blocks against Wake Forest.
Alaska Anchorage was led in scoring by Tanya Nizich, who
scored 19 points off the bench behind 5-11 three-point shooting.
Starting forward Amber Nasby scored 17 and pulled in nine rebounds,
while Kamie Joe Massey had 14 points, five assists and just one
turnover in 40 minutes.
The Seawolves jumped out to an eight-point lead at
intermission, 32-24, and still had an eight-point margin at 53-45
with 9:41 left. But, Clemson went on a 13-1 run over the next 6:35
and held a 58-54 lead with 3:06 left on a layup by Stokes.
Clemson still led 58-57 with 30 seconds left, but a 4-0 run
by the Seawolves to close the game gave the home team the victory.
Nasby scored on a jumper with 24 seconds left to give Alaska
Anchorage a one-point lead, then Whitney Leman gave Hensen's team a
three-point lead on a pair of free throws with five seconds left.
Clemson could not score on its final possession.
Clemson actually outshot the Seawolves 38 percent to 31
percent, but Clemson got just six free throws the entire game,
hitting three. Alaska Anchorage hit 14-17 for the game, 82.4
percent. Clemson won the rebounding 48-41. The Lady Tigers made
just 3-19 three-point goals, while Alaska Anchorage made 7-16.
"We were as cold as the -2 degree weather outside," said Clemson head coach Jim Davis. "We had a size advantage underneath
and did not take advantage of it. We just didn't get to the free throw line. We battled back and had a lead late in the game, but we
did not hold on."
"Now we have to face an outstanding 15th ranked Rutgers team on Sunday. They are among the best defensive teams in the nation."
Lady Tigers Fall in Alaska
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