Clemson Athletics Press Release
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s basketball team fell to No. 10/10 Maryland (17-1, 8-1 ACC) on Sunday, 80-40, in Littlejohn Coliseum. Nikki Dixon had 17 points, four steals, and three rebounds, and surpassed the 600-point milestone for her career for the Lady Tigers (5-14, 1-7 ACC).
Maryland used their size advantage to the tune of a 44-23 rebounding edge, and scored 40 of their points in the paint. They also protected the basket, forcing Clemson to rely on the jumpshot. Clemson turned it over fewer times, and had two more steals than the Terrapins, who were able to hold Clemson to a .239 mark inside the arc. Maryland shot .589 in the game, and a .640 (16-25) clip in the second half.
Five Terrapins scored in double-figures, led by Tianna Hawkins’ 17, to go along with ten rebounds. Alyssa Thomas was held ten points below her ACC average, but finished with ten points, ten rebounds, and five assists.
Clemson’s point guards struggled to a 3-25 (.120) mark from the floor. However, Charmaine Tay did grab nine rebounds, one shy of her career-high, in 34 minutes of play.
Dixon’s milestone point came with 5:26 left in the first half on the second of two free throws, on her way to the game-high 17 points. She hit on three of her six three-point attempts. Coming into the game, Dixon had made just six treys on the season, and had half that against Maryland. She’s now averaging 16.4 points per game in ACC play, and 14.6 overall, which ranked eighth in the ACC coming in to the contest.
Kelly Gramlich had her five-game streak with a three-pointer come to an end, but did score six points as Clemson’s second-leading scorer.
The Terps opened the scoring with ten straight before Clemson fought back to get within five at 15-10 on a Pettaway layup.
A 22-2 Maryland run kicked off by a pair of Katie Rutan threes extended the Maryland lead to 44-16. Clemson went 10:20 of game time without a basket before Tay hit a runner with 22.0 seconds to play before halftime. The Terrapins took a 44-18 lead into the half, and continued their hot shooting in the second half, making 14 of their first 18 shots, and finishing at .640 overall in the half.
A 12-2 run midway through the half gave Maryland an 80-35 lead with 4:37 to play, but they went the final four-plus minutes without a field goal.
Clemson will play four of the next five on the road, beginning with Virginia Tech on Thursday in Blacksburg, followed by a trip to a ranked Florida State club in Tallahassee on Super Bowl Sunday.
Clemson vs. Maryland Postgame Notes
Littlejohn Coliseum – Clemson, SC
January 27, 2013
* Clemson recorded 12 steals in today’s game giving them back-to-back games with exactly 12 steals.
* Nikki Dixon scored 17 points in today’s game. She has now scored double-figure points in three straight games and in seven of eight conference games this season. She entered today ranked fifth points per game in ACC games.
* In ten home games this season, Dixon is averaging 16.0 points per game.
* Dixon recorded her 600th career point in the first half with 5:26 remaining. She was able to accomplish this feat in the 46th game of her career.
* Charmaine Tay tallied nine rebounds, a season high and one shy of a career high.
* Quinyotta Pettaway tied a career-high with three steals.
* Nyilah Jamison-Myers made her second career start in today’s game.