Clemson Women’s Basketball Defeats Western Carolina, 73-64
CULLOWHEE, NC – The Lady Tigers scored 10 of their final 12 points from the foul line as they held on to defeat Western Carolina by a 73-64 margin on Wednesday night at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Lele Hardy scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half to lead Clemson and move into 19th place on the school’s all-time scoring list.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Lady Tigers and moved them to 13-11 on the year. The Catamounts fell to 11-11 overall.
McKinney used her 12th different starting line-up combination on Wednesday with three of the five scoring in double figures in the game. In addition to Hardy’s 19, Tasha Taylor finished with 15 for her season high and April Parker, who transferred from Western Carolina following the 2005-06 season, added 13 against her former team.
Hardy led the Lady Tigers on the boards as well with 12 rebounds while tallying four assists and three steals. Christy Brown also posted double figures on Wednesday, just the second time this season the junior guard has done so, with 10.
Miami Pulls Away From SIU-Edwardsville, 83-72
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The University of Miami women’s basketball team (12-10, 1-6) overcame early foul trouble and outpaced the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars (5-19) in the second-half for the 83-72 final at the Vadalabene Center. Junior Ashley Sours had her best game as a Hurricane as she scored a career-high and team-leading 16 points on the night. The 6-5 center had a six-inch height advantage over SIU-Edwardsville’s tallest player, Jenny Wuest at 5-11.
Sours also tied for the team-high with five rebounds in a game where Miami outrebounded its opponent for the first-time in 13 games. The Glendale, Ariz. native also had four blocks. As a team, the Hurricanes swatted away a season-high 10 shots.
Freshman Shenise Johnson began the game on a hot streak, scoring 13 first-half points. The two-time ACC Rookie of the Week was limited to only two-points via free-throws after the break, due to foul trouble. Johnson ended the night with five assists one shy of the team-high, which belonged to Charmaine Clark, who had six.
Four different Hurricanes scored in double-figure, joining Sours and Johnson was Clark with 10 points and senior LaToya Cunningham with 11.