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Clemson’s women’s basketball defeats Syracuse in first round of ACC Tournament

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Clemson guard Gabby Elliot (10) defends the perimeter in the 2021 ACC women’s basketball tournament. (Walt Unks/Winston-Salem Journal/Pool)

Clemson women’s basketball defeated Syracuse on Wednesday in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Both teams struggled to break their losing streak, but the Tigers came out on top with an 88-69 win 

Clemson led Syracuse by six going into the half and never looked back as the team grew its lead. Clemson started the fourth quarter hot as they went on a 12-1 run and built a double-digit lead that they held for the remainder of the game.  

A key player in the game for Clemson was guard Delicia Washington, who scored 33 points and added 11 rebounds and six assists. Other key players included junior forward Hannah Hank, with her season-high 17 points, while also grabbing eight rebounds.   

Clemson forward Amari Robinson added 12 points and Daisha Bradford finished with 11 points. 

Clemson put a lot of energy into offensive rebounding, as well as working hard to defend the 3-point line.  

Offensively, Clemson shot 27.3% from behind the arc, 85% from the free-throw line and 55.7% from the field. Syracuse fell behind only shooting 16.7% from three, had a free-throw percentage of 58.3% and 39.7% from the field.  

Before the game, Clemson averaged just shy of 71 points per game, which is one point fewer than its opponent, Syracuse. The Tigers faced a grueling defeat earlier in the season on the road against Syracuse when they lost 86-46, but were able to advance in the ACC tournament this time around. 

Now, the Tigers will be advancing to the next round where they will face Virginia Tech on Thursday, March 3 at 11 a.m. 

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