Saturday, March 17, 2001

Clemson next for XU women

Fifth-seeded Tigers barely avoid upset

Associated Press Writer

        Nuria Forns made two free throws with less than a second left to give Clemson a 51-49 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga in the first round of the Mideast Regional on Friday night.

        “We were lucky, because we won when we didn't play well,” said Clemson coach Jim Davis, whose team shot just 35 percent from the field. “I feel like I'm the luckiest coach in America tonight.”

        Clemson will play Xavier in the second round at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Cintas Center.

        Forns finished with 16 points, and Erin Batth had 11 for fifth-seeded Clemson (21-9). Damita Bullock scored 19 points for Chattanooga (24-7).

        The score was tied 49-49 and Chattanooga was playing for the last shot. Bullock missed and Chattanooga's Tishay Lewis was called for a foul under the basket.

        “I just got the rebound and she slapped my hand,” Forns said. “It was a foul. Everybody was encouraging me. I was laughing because I was so nervous, but I was fine after a while.”

        “I take full blame for the foul at the end,” said Chattanooga coach Wes Moore. “I usually remind them that the worst that can happen is we go to overtime, and I failed to do that coming out of the timeout. I take the blame.”

        Clemson trailed most of the game, leading only briefly midway through the first half and again on a basket and free throw by Batth with 1:48 to play.

        Bullock made a pair of free throws to put Chattanooga up by one, but Forns responded with a 3-pointer to give Clemson a 49-47 lead with 1:27 left.

        A basket by Bullock tied it at 49 with 1:01 to play, and a steal by Bullock with 30 seconds left let Chattanooga play for the last shot.

        CHATTANOOGA (24-7) - Irons 1-7 2-2 5, Wilson 1-7 2-2 4, Banks 1-2 0-0 2, Bullock 8-19 2-2 19, Rollins 1-1 0-0 3, Carmichael 0-1 0-0 0, Warfield 3-5 0-0 7, Lewis 3-10 1-3 7, Dykes 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 19-55 7-9 49.

        CLEMSON (21-9) - Forns 6-15 2-2 16, Glenney 2-5 0-0 4, Batth 5-10 1-1 11, Scott 4-7 0-1 8, Floyd 2-10 4-4 9, Slosser 0-1 0-0 0, Gaines 1-5 0-0 3, Queen 0-1 0-0 0, Stokes 0-0 0-0 0, Aderhold 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 20-58 7-8 51.

        Halftime—Chattanooga 22, Clemson 19. 3-Point goals—Chattanooga 4-15 (Rollins 1-1, Bullock 1-3, Warfield 1-3, Irons 1-4, Carmichael 0-1, Lewis 0-3), Clemson 4-17 (Forns 2-7, Gaines 1-1, Floyd 1-5, Glenney 0-1, Queen 0-1, Aderhold 0-2). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Chattanooga 39 (Bullock, Lewis, Dykes 7), Clemson (37 (Batth 14). Assists—Chattanooga 9 (Wilson, Bullock, Rollins, Carmichael 2), Clemson 11 (Glenney 4). Total fouls—Chattanooga 13, Clemson 13. A—NA.

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