Entering Thursday night’s contest in Littlejohn Clemson (11-8, 1-5) was still searching for its first ACC win in the 2018 campaign.
The Lady Tigers fought back from a late deficit to earn a much-needed 65-61 victory despite trailing by four with two and a half minutes to play in the second overtime.
Clemson Head Coach Audra Smith was proud of the way her team overcame adversity to get the win.
“They stayed after and I am really proud of their tenacity,” said Smith. “They dug deep and just didn’t give up down 4 with 2:30 to go and they didn’t quit.”
Neither team gained control in a first quarter that saw four lead changes and ended with the score tied at 14. Clemson distributed the ball well with four players notching the score book but allowed the Eagles’ Bolden-Morris to knock down a pair of threes to keep her team in the game.
The Lady Tigers came out strong in the second period jumping out to a 13-2 run over six minutes and leading by as many as 11 in the quarter. They entered the break with a 27-18 lead.
Sophomore guard Jaia Alexander was the hot hand for the Tigers in the first half racking up 11 points, she finished the night with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Clemson’s defense seemingly wore down the Eagle’s forcing 11 first half turnovers and scoring 8 points off the turnovers. The Lady Tigers held Boston College to just 28-percent from the field in the first half, while shooting 44-percent.
The Eagles entered the second half with a vengeance amassing an 11-0 run over 3:36 to cut the Clemson lead to a point behind the hot hand of sophomore forward Emma Guy.
Boston College tied the game at 34 with 2:30 to play in the third quarter overcoming a deficit that once spanned 11 points and took a 39-39 score into the final quarter of play.
Clemson put together a 6-0 to start the fourth quarter as it forced a few turnovers on its way to a 45-39 lead before the Eagles rallied with a pair of baskets cutting the lead to one at the under six media timeout.
Boston College took its first lead since the first period on a three pointer from Andie Anastos with just under four minutes remaining.
Clemson tied the game at 47 and neither team scored in the final 1:47 sending the game into overtime.
In overtime the Tigers had an opportunity to go for the win with 16 seconds remaining but missed a pair of layups forcing a second overtime.
Finding itself down four the Lady Tigers rallied going on a 5-0 run to take a one point advantage. Boston College got it back with 30 seconds remaining and walked for an unforced turnover giving the ball back to Clemson with 28 seconds to play.
Alexander was fouled and made one of two from the line giving Clemson a 63-61 lead with 28 seconds left in the second overtime. After forcing a turnover Danielle Edwards knocked down both of her free throws icing the game at 65-61.
Clemson is back in action Sunday in South Bend, In. against Notre Dame