Clemson Rolls to a 71-61 Victory Over Georgia Tech
CLEMSON, S.C. – Returning home after a successful two-game road trip, the Clemson Tigers (13-5, 4-1) extended their win streak to four games with a 71-61 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-6, 2-3) at Littlejohn Coliseum on Thursday. Clemson’s four straight ACC wins marks the longest ACC win streak for the Tigers since 2004.
Clemson excelled down low, outscoring Georgia Tech 38-12 in the paint and winning the rebound battle by a margin of 36-32. With 25 points off turnovers, the Tigers turned the tide of the contest in the second quarter by way of defensive pressure and a slew of layups.
With a season-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, Collier proved to be the difference maker off the bench for the Tigers. Along with Collier, junior Kobi Thornton tallied 10 points of her own and brought down 10 rebounds to surpass 500 rebounds in her career. The junior post player now has 15 double-doubles in her tenure with the Tigers. Veteran guards Danielle Edwards and Westbrook also scored in double figures for Clemson with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
After trailing by five at the end of the first quarter, Clemson swung the momentum in its favor, outscoring Georgia Tech 25-9 in the second quarter. Going on a 15-3 run over the final 3:39 of the second quarter, the Tigers built up a 34-23 advantage heading into halftime.
Clemson led by as many as 20 early in the third quarter after converting three Yellow Jacket turnovers into a 6-0 run. Georgia Tech proceeded to go on an 11-0 run of its own soon afterward, but Clemson kept the visitors at bay for the remainder of the contest en route to a 10-point triumph.
Clemson aims to carry its momentum into Pittsburgh when the take on the Panthers (9-9, 0-4) on Sunday, Jan. 20. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. and the game will air on ACC Network Extra.
Game Notes: Clemson moves to 4-1 in conference play, the most ACC wins in a season since 2013-14...The Tigers have not won four straight ACC games since Jan. 11-25, 2004...Clemson is now 45-38 all-time against Georgia Tech and 24-15 when playing at home...Thursday’s win over Georgia Tech marked the 250th ACC win in Clemson program history...The Tigers shot 45.5 percent from the field, their 12th game with a shooting percentage of 40 percent or better...With 10 rebounds on the game, Kobi Thornton eclipsed the 500-career rebounds mark, moving into 26th all-time in career rebounds (506)...Thornton finished the night with 19 points and 10 rebounds for her 15th career double-double...Tylar Bennett tallied her 200th career rebound in the game…Senior Aliyah Collier totaled a season-high 19 points in the game.