With defending national champion South Carolina coming to town on Thursday, Clemson hosted in-state foe S.C. State on Monday. It was a nice tune up for the Lady Tigers as they outlasted the Bulldogs 56-48 at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Kobi Thornton led the Tigers with 18 points and six rebounds, while Danielle Edwards was one steal short of a double-double as she dropped in 16 points, had five rebounds and nine steals.
SC State was led by Bryeasha Blair’s 19 points, while Kyesha Lewis dropped in 17 points and had six rebounds.
Overall the Tigers shot 45.2 percent from the field on 19-of-42 shooting, which was much improved following a 26-percent shooting day against Kennesaw State in the opener. However, Clemson did turn the basketball over 23 times, which led to 19 S.C. State points.
Clemson (2-0) forced 19 Bulldog turnovers, which led to 19 points as well.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 17-9 lead in the first period, but they cooled off in the second period and led by seven at the break 26-19.
In the second half, S.C. State made things interesting as it used its bench to claw back in the game, trailing just 35-31 heading into the final period. Overall, the Bulldogs outscored Clemson 22-13 off the bench.
But the Lady Tigers got their act together in the final period. Clemson scored 21 points in the last 10 minutes to secure its second win of the season.
The Tigers never trailed in the game and led by as many as 11 points, which came in the third period.
Clemson will have two days to get ready for the Gamecocks, who will be in town for a 7 p.m. tip on Thursday night. Fourth-ranked South Carolina is 2-0 and is coming off a 94-86 win at No. 15 Maryland.
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