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Clemson women fall

to Ga. Tech in ACC

Tournament 1st round

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Clemson women’s basketball team’s 2017-18 season came to an end in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday, as the No. 15-seed Tigers fell to No. 10-seed Georgia Tech, 61-52.

The Tigers concluded the season at 11-19, while the Yellow Jackets improved to 18-12 and advanced to the Thursday’s second round.

Georgia Tech jumped out to an 18-4 lead to start the first quarter, but the Tigers put together a 6-0 run in the final 1:08 to gain a little bit of momentum at the end of the quarter. Sophomore Kobi Thornton had six points and four rebounds in the period. The Yellow Jackets opened the second quarter hitting 5-for-7 field goals, but Clemson again clawed back to trail 22-31 at halftime. Thornton was in double figures in the first half with 12 points, along with six rebounds and two blocked shots.

The Yellow Jackets went on a 7-0 run to open the third quarter to extend their lead to 16 points, but the Tigers were again able to cut the deficit to single digits. Freshman Destiny Thomas hit a three, junior ACC All-Defensive Team selection Danielle Edwards took a charge, and senior Alexis Carter sunk two free throws to make it a nine-point game, 33-42, with 4:14 to play in the third. Carter scored eight points in the third quarter for the Tigers.

Redshirt junior Francesca Tagliapietra started the Tigers fourth-quarter comeback effort, hitting two 3-pointers in a one-minute span, and junior Aliyah Collier hit a contested jumper in the lane, cutting the deficit to four points, 47-51, with 6:18 remaining in the final period. Although Clemson never stopped battling, they were unable to get any closer than the four-point deficit.

Thornton finished with a double-double, with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and also tallied two blocked shots. It was her third-straight double-double, and her sixth of the season. Thornton also scored in double figures in 12 of the Tigers’ final 13 games of the season. Carter finished her Clemson career with 13 points in the game, and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Collier posted 11 points, all in the second half.

Augusta rallies to top

Claflin baseball team

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Augusta University baseball team scored five runs in the last two innings to rally from a one-run deficit and take a 12-8 win over Claflin University on Wednesday (Feb. 28) at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

With the loss, Claflin falls to 2-13 on the season, while Augusta is now 6-10.

In the non-conference contest, the Panthers trailed by two runs at 7-5 heading into the seventh inning. It was in that inning, Claflin scored three runs for its first and only lead of the game at 8-7. The Panthers runs were a result of a balk that scored Johnathan Parnell II from third base and a Clyde Parker two-run double.

The Claflin lead lasted until the bottom of the inning as Augusta scored twice to regain the advantage for good at 9-8. Augusta tacked on three more in the eight for the final score.

Parker led Claflin at the plate with a 3-for-5 performance that included a pair of doubles and three RBIs.

Other top hitters for the Panthers were Elliott Melton 1-for-3 with two RBI, Eric McElveen with a double and an RBI, Parnell II contributed a triple and scored a run, while Darrell Langston had a double with a run scored.

Augusta was led by Bakari Gayle with a home run and Jose Nagueras who went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Harold Smith took the loss for Claflin, while Casey Lenoch was the winning pitcher for Augusta.

Claflin will return to action this weekend, hosting The College of Saint Rose in a three-game series. A doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday (Mar. 3), starting at 1 p.m., followed by a single game on Sunday (Mar. 4) at 2 p.m. All Claflin baseball games are played at Mirmow Field in Orangeburg.


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