Feb. 16, 2014
Twice as Nice
The Panthers' win over Clemson marks their second home win in the ACC, lifting their conference record to 3-9. It marks the first time since the 2010-11 season (Cincinnati, USF and Providence) that the Panthers have recorded multiple home conference wins in a season.
Breaking the Streak
The victory marks the first time that the Panthers have defeated the Tigers since 1981, a 67-64 win at the Fitzgerald Field House on December 6th of that year. Clemson had previously held a four game winning streak in the series, which now stands at 5-3 in favor of the Tigers.
The Panthers were able to hold the Tigers to 43 points in the game on 17-52 field goals. Clemson's 18.5% field goal percentage and 12 points in the first half stand as the season's best defensive marks for the Panthers in each category. Twelve points by an opponent in the first half ties a Petersen Events Center record set on December 31, 2009 against Mount St. Mary's. It marks the 16th time in Petersen Events Center history that the Panthers were able to hold an opponent under 50 points, and the number stands tied for the fifth lowest on the list.
On Senior Day, the Panther seniors Marquel Davis, Ashlee Anderson and Asia Logan combined for 19 points, 13 rebounds, seven of the team's 11 assists, three of the team's four blocks, and five of the team's nine steals.
Success at the Stripe
The Panthers had great success at the foul line, as Brianna Kiesel converted six of seven free throws, Asia Logan converted six of eight, and Loliya Briggs was a perfect five for five. It marked the eighth time this season that Briggs did not miss from the line. Logan completed 75% or better for the 12th time this year and Kiesel went for at least 85.7% for the 12th time as well.
Kiesel Returns to Form
Brianna Kiesel recorded 20 points on the game, the ninth time that she has eclipsed that figure on the season. She set a career mark for three point field goals made on her 4-5 shooting from long range. The 80% mark from three point land is the best for her on the season. Her 6-7 performance from the free throw line kept her at the top of the ACC leaderboard for free throws made in all games (122-146 for 83.6%) and in conference contests (57-66 for 86.4%).
The Panthers extended their record in games that they lead at the half to 8-1, and in games where they hold their opponent to less than 40% from the field to 9-3. They also now hold a 5-0 record in games where they shoot better than 40% from behind the arc.
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