NC State Downs Lady Tigers in Raleigh
Clemson will play at No. 7 Maryland in their next game on Thursday, before returning home for their Play4Kay "Pink" game on Sunday against Virginia Tech in Littlejohn Coliseum.
Nikki Dixon went 9-10 from the free throw line en route to a game-high 15 points. Dixon also had three blocks in the contest. Quinyotta Pettaway also scored in double-figures, scoring ten points to go with nine rebounds, right near her season averages of 10.5 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Five NC State players scored in double-figures, led by Breezy Williams and Myeshia Goodwin-Coleman, who each scored 12 points off the bench. The Wolfpack shot .403 in the game, while holding Clemson to .264, and a season-low .208 (5-24) in the second half. They also grabbed 26 offensive rebounds in scoring 24 second chance points, and scored 25 points off 21 Clemson turnovers.
The Wolfpack shot .435 (10-23) from three-point territory, while hitting just .387 form inside the arc. Clemson had entered the game second in the ACC in three-point field goal percentage defense, and teams were 7-44 over the last three games against the Lady Tigers.
After Dunn's second straight hoop trimmed the Pack lead to four at 23-19, prompting a Pack timeout, NC State closed the half on an 11-2 run over the final 6:06, and scored the first seven points out of halftime to take a 42-21 lead. Until Gramlich's jumper with 14:36 to play, Clemson had gone 11:40 without a field goal, during which the Wolfpack outscored the Lady Tigers, 24-4, taking a 47-23 lead. The Lady Tigers weren't able to get closer than 22 points the rest of the way.
The Lady Tigers fell to 30-50 in the all-time series, but will have a chance at a rematch on March 3 in the regular-season finale in Littlejohn.