Feb. 24, 2005
CLEMSON, S.C – Tasha Taylor scored Clemson’s final six points, including converting on four consecutive free throws with just under one minute remaining, to help Clemson (8-18, 2-11 ACC) snap a 12-game losing streak in its final home game of the season by defeating Georgia Tech (13-12, 4-9 ACC), 58-49, Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum.
After leading by just one point at halftime, the Tigers went on a 11-3 run to begin the second half, capped by a three-pointer from D’Lesha Lloyd, to take a 33-24 lead with 13:27 remaining in the game. Following a free throw by Georgia Tech’s Janie Mitchell and a layup by the Tigers’ Moreemi Davis, Chioma Nnamaka scored the Yellow Jackets next nine points to pull Tech to within 39-34 at 8:49, but it wasn’t enough as Tech dropped its ninth conference game of the season.
Nnamaka scored a game-high 20 points for Georgia Tech, including 14 in the second half, and pulled down eight rebounds in the contest. Janie Mitchell scored nine points for the Yellow Jackets while recording eight rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
After shooting 42 percent from the field in the first half, the Yellow Jackets converted on just 26 percent of their shots in the second half, while the Tigers hit over 54 percent of their shots in the second period.
Maxienne White hit a jumper from the corner with nine seconds remaining in the first half to give Clemson a 22-21 lead going into the locker room at halftime. The rookie also led the Tigers with six points in the frame. The Yellow Jackets were led by Megan Harpring, who came off the bench to score seven points, while freshmen Janie Mitchell and Nnamaka added six points apiece. Georgia Tech shot 42 percent from the field while Clemson converted on 33 percent of its shots, as there were a pair of ties and eight lead changes in the period.
Lloyd came off the bench to lead four Clemson scorers in double figures with 15 points, while Tasha Taylor scored 11, Amanda White added 11, and Maxienne White chipped in 10.
The Yellow Jackets will conclude regular-season play by hosting Florida State at Alexander Memorial Coliseum this Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Georgia Tech student station, WREK-91.1 FM, and online at www.wrek.org, and livestats for the game will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com.