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Clemson women’s basketball defeats Pittsburgh on its own turf

Clemson secured a 54-46 victory against the Panthers last night (Thursday, Feb. 9) in Pittsburgh thanks to an amazing third quarter performance.
Although the game was neck and neck for more than half, the Panthers led for just over two minutes throughout the night. Both teams scored within one point of each other every quarter except the third, where the Tigers dominated 16-8. 
Led by Nelly Perry with a game-high 16 points, the Tigers had some impressive stats across the team. Four out of seven players got at least six rebounds – with Aliyah Collier grabbing a far-outlying 14 – three players shot 100 percent from the free throw line, and all but one player got at least six points. Danielle Edwards led the game with four out of the Tigers’ nine assists while Perry and Victoria Cardaci went 2-3 (66.7 percent) and 2-4 (50 percent) in three-pointers, respectively.
The Tigers were hogs in the paint, snatching 44 rebounds to Pitt’s 30 and doubling Pitt’s offensive rebounds 18-9. While the Panthers narrowly out-shot the Tigers, netting 18-52 (34.6 percent) FGs to Clemson’s 19-59 (32.2 percent), the Tigers excelled both beyond the three-point line and on the free throw line.
Kalista Walters led the Panthers with 14 points and led the game in FGs and FG completion sinking 7-11 (63.6 percent). Brenna Wise and Alayna Gribble followed with seven points each; Wise led her team and followed Collier in rebounds with eight. The Panthers garnered 17 PFs to Clemson’s 14, the impetus behind the latter’s 12-14 (85.7 percent) FT performance; Pitt once again beat-out Clemson in accuracy, going 8-9 (88.9 percent) in FTs. 
After their victory over the Panthers (12-12 overall (3-8 ACC)), the Tigers (14-11 overall (3-9 ACC)) will look to continue their two-win streak at no. 16-ranked Miami this Sunday. Tipoff against the Hurricanes (18-6 overall (7-5 ACC)) is set for 2 p.m.

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