Clemson entered Sunday’s game on the hunt for its first win in conference play coming off a 59-52 defeat at North Carolina Thursday.
Miami, with eight players over six feet tall, proved a daunting task for the Lady Tigers on the boards. Clemson was outrebounded 37-28 in route to a 72-60 loss in front of a friendly crown Sunday afternoon.
Clemson struggled from the charity stripe shooting 54% from the free throw line, while Miami hit 16-20 good for 80% on the day.
In the first quarter, each team totaled five fouls in a choppy period with little continuity. Clemson got within one basket with 4:32 to play in the quarter but Miami put together a 10-2 run carrying a 23-12 lead into the second quarter.
Neither team wanted to hold onto the ball in the first half, as the Tigers totaled 20 turnovers while forcing 18 Hurricane turnovers.
The Tigers played better in the second quarter behind junior guard Danielle Edwards’ eight points after a scoreless first quarter.
Both teams got into foul trouble as well totaling 19 fouls, 11 for Miami and 8 for Clemson.
Clemson entered the halftime break trailing the Hurricanes but within striking distance down 37-30.
Miami began to pull away in the second half extending its lead to double digits on multiple occasions. However, the Lady Tigers continued to fight and work their way back into striking distance.
Clemson cut the deficit to 7 with two minutes to play before Miami’s Kelsey Marshall knocked down a three to seal the game and push the deficit to 10 points.
Sophomore Kobi Thornton led the way for the Lady Tigers totaling 18 points and 9 boards while Jaia Alexander also added 18 points.
Clemson Head Coach Audra Smith was proud of the production from Thornton and hopwes to see more consistency from her as the season continues.
“We need more of that, I am pleased with the way Kobi played today,” said Smith. “Hopefully she can bring more positivity offensively.”
The Lady Tigers return to action Thursday as they host conference foe Boston College.