Women's pregame: USC vs. Clemson

November 19, 2009 

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina

TV: None

RADIO: WISW, 1320AM

RECORDS: USC 1-0, Clemson 1-1

COACHES: Dawn Staley (11-18 in two seasons at USC, 133-58 in seven seasons). Cristy McKinney (47-76 in five seasons at Clemson, 263-215 in 17 seasons)

TICKETS: www.clemsontigers.cstv.com

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The Tigers don't have anyone who can match Kelsey Bone on the inside. The intriguing battle will be between Clemson's LeLe Hardy and USC's Valerie Nainima in the backcourt. Both can score in bunches. USC has won three of the past four meetings, including the past two in Clemson. After a comeback victory against Charlotte, confidence should be sky-high. Clemson is coming off a loss at the College of Charleston.

STARTING LINEUPS:

GAMECOCKS:

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-1 Jewel May 0.0

C 6-5 Kelsey Bone 22.0

G 5-4 Samone Kennedy 5.0

G 5-9 La'Keisha Sutton 10.0

G 5-5 Valerie Nainima 22.0

TIGERS:

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-1 Jasmine Tate 5.5

F/G 5-10 LeLe Hardy 15.5

C 6-3 Shaniqua Pauldo 13.5

G 5-7 Keyrra Gillespie 9.0

G 5-9 Sthefany Thomas 7.0

BOTTOM LINE

The Gamecocks can't afford to dig themselves into another first-half deficit against the Tigers like they did at Charlotte. Bone and Nainima might be too much firepower for a low-scoring Clemson team.

- Chris Dearing

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