Clemson (11-11, 1-8) struggled on the boards against a lengthy North Carolina State team (16-6, 6-3) falling 62-41 in Littlejohn Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Tigers were out-rebounded 53-22 with only two offensive boards and Clemson Head Coach Audra Smith knew rebounding would be a huge key in Sunday’s game.
“We gave up way too many offensive rebounds and they are a good offensive rebounding team, DD Rogers is going to hunt those rebounds and she had eight,” said Smith.
Despite the loss Smith was proud of the way her team competed until the final buzzer.
“We never stopped fighting, we continued to fight and battle,” said Smith. “We ran a few plays and executed with scoring,” she said.
Both teams shot poorly in the opening quarter with Clemson shooting 21-percent and North Carolina State shooting 27-percent.
The Wolfpack opened the quarter on a 7-0 run, but the Lady Tigers bounced back cutting the deficit to 11-7 at the end of the first period.
North Carolina State came out firing in the second quarter hitting six straight shots on the way to a 13-2 run and a 22-9 lead. The Lady Tigers fought back again hitting their last three attempts from the field and keeping within striking distance down 25-17 at the half.
In the third period the Wolfpack put together another run this time a 17-2 run that left the Lady Tigers with their largest deficit of the day down 47-23 entering the final period of play.
Clemson struggled to get good looks against a lengthy Wolfpack defense shooting an underwhelming 30-percent on the day including 20-percent from three-point range.
Kobi Thornton put together another impressive performance for the Lady Tigers totaling 12 points and 8 rebounds.
The sophomore guard has established herself as the most consistent player for the Tigers leading the team in overall scoring and in conference play.
Danielle Edwards started to come out of her slump on Sunday with 10 points, five rebounds, and a pair of assists.
The Lady Tigers are back in action Thurday in Littlejohn against ACC foe Pittsburgh.