2017-18 Claflin Women's Basketball

The Claflin University women’s basketball team will begin a six-game road swing Monday, Nov. 20, when they travel to Ettrick, Va. to take on the Lady Trojans of Virginia State University. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m.

This will be the first time since 2012-13 that two teams will meet on the hardwood. In that season, the Lady Panthers came away with a one point victory, 62-61.

Claflin, 1-1, is coming off a 64-56 victory over Florida Tech on Saturday.

Virginia State brings a 2-0 record in the Monday’s contest after winning both games during the CIAA/PSAC Challenge over opening weekend.

Another double-double for Wilson in win over Wofford

COLUMBIA (AP) – A'ja Wilson kept her double-double streak going with 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 4 South Carolina to a 94-60 win over Wofford on Sunday. 

 It looked early like the senior all-American might have her first game this season without at least 10 points and 10 boards, but she and the Gamecocks (4-0) shook off a slow start.

  In the first three games, South Carolina had only trailed for 1:32. But the Terriers (1-2) came out shooting hot and led for more than eight of the game's first 15 minutes.

 Wofford was up 32-28 on freshman Da'ja Green's 3-pointer midway through the second quarter. But the Gamecocks went on a 17-2 run to end the half as the Terriers missed their next nine shots. 

 Wilson shot only 2-of-8 in a first half where she only played nine minutes with foul trouble. But she looked energized coming out of the locker room, scoring South Carolina first five points of the second half and pulling down four rebounds in a little over three minutes. 

Gamecocks top Broncos

CONWAY (AP) Wesley Myers and Chris Silva each scored 14 points to help South Carolina beat Western Michigan 79-66 in Sunday's fifth-place game at the relocated Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

The Gamecocks (4-1) led 35-34 at the break, but upped their defensive intensity to harass the Broncos into mistakes. South Carolina ran off 14 unanswered points during a 17-1 run while holding Western Michigan without a basket for nearly 8 1/2 minutes.

That turned a one-point edge into a 57-40 margin on Kory Holden's 3-pointer with 10:02 left. South Carolina led by double figures from there.

Thomas Wilder scored 15 points to lead Western Michigan (2-3), which committed 22 turnovers that led to 28 points for the Gamecocks. Bryce Moore tied a career-high with four 3-pointers and scored 14 points.

It was the second time the Gamecocks had beaten Western Michigan this week. They won 78-60 at home Monday, then won in Conway after the tournament was relocated due to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.

 

Late scores lift Tigers to 57-54 win 

CLEMSON – Eight points in the final 24 seconds of the game, including six by sophomore Jaia Alexander, gave the Clemson women’s basketball team a dramatic 57-54 win over Monmouth on Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum. Alexander scored 11 of her career-high 17 points in the final quarter to help the Tigers improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Hawks dropped to 1-3 with the loss.

 The Hawks were hot on offense to start the game, making four of their first six shots for a 9-4 lead after the first three minutes. The Tigers hung around though, and the defense held Monmouth scoreless for the final 2:55 of the quarter. The Hawks led 18-13 at the end of the period, and sophomore Kobi Thornton had six points for the Tigers.

 Clemson’s junior point guard Danielle Edwards heated up in the second quarter, scoring six points in the first five minutes of the period to close the gap to 22-21 Monmouth at the media timeout at 4:52. At 4:19, junior Sirah Diarra hit a layup that gave the Tigers their first lead of the contest, 23-22, but the Hawks regained the lead at the end of the half, 28-27.

Claflin men hit the road

  The Claflin University men’s basketball team will hit the road for seven straight contests beginning Monday, Nov. 20, when they travel to Raleigh, N.C. to take on the Falcons of Saint Augustine’s University. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

Claflin has been dominate over Saint Augustine’s during head coach Ricky Jackson’s tenure. The Panthers are 3-1 against the Falcons since Jackson took over during the 2013-14 season. Last season (2016-17) the teams split, with each team winning on their home court.

The Panthers enter the contest with a 2-1 record after defeating Young Harris, 76-62, on Saturday.

Saint Augustine’s is 0-4.

 

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