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Tigers fall to Panthers, drop third straight

Caitlyn Tai
Clemson guard Dayshanette Harris led the way for the Tigers with 18 points in their loss to Pittsburgh.

The Clemson women’s basketball team fell short to the Pittsburg Panthers on Sunday afternoon, losing 72-55 at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Both teams came into this game looking for a much-needed win, as Pittsburgh had lost its past six games, and the Tigers (11-15, 4-10 ACC) had lost their past two games to conference opponents by a total of four points.

Clemson came out of the gates slow, scoring just three points midway through the first quarter. However, the Tigers picked the pace up offensively, going on a 17-4 scoring run heading into the second period.

To finish the first half, the Panthers (8-19, 2-12 ACC) went on a 15-2 run while the Tigers went cold from the field, making just one of their most recent 10 field goals, leaving them down by seven going into the halftime.

Pittsburgh had all the momentum coming into the second half and used it very well, going on a 6-0 run within the first two minutes; Clemson remained in a scoring drought as they scored more points in the first period than the second and third combined.

Down by 13 heading into the final period, Clemson was able to rally back into the game, going on a 7-0 scoring run to start the period. Still, it was too little, too late, as Pittsburgh’s offense stayed hot, shooting 48% from the field, 42% from deep and 83% from the charity stripe throughout the game.

Although the Tigers lost, Clemson guard Dayshanette Harris continued her offensive tear, scoring 18 points in addition to her four steals. Meanwhile, sophomore guard Ruby Whitehorn added 14 more points and pulled down seven rebounds. Both are top three in scoring for the Tigers this season and have been vital to the team’s success.

Clemson looks to end its losing streak when the team hits the road to face off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, with tipoff set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana.

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