CHARLESTON - Freshman Keyrra Gillespie led Clemson with 13 points and Lele Hardy posted her second double-double in as many games with 12 points and 12 rebounds, but the Tigers lost their road opener, 68-55 to College of Charleston.
College of Charleston point guard Toni Gerty led all scorers with 22 points, 10 from the free-throw line.
The Tigers (1-1) struggled with ball control, committing 22 turnovers, but they also forced 21.
Coming out of halftime tied at 26, the Cougars opened up a five-point lead five minutes in to the half. A 10-0 run by the Cougars put the game out of reach, giving them a 17-point cushion with five minutes remaining.
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Clemson cut the lead to eight on an April Parker layup and forced a turnover, but Sthefany Thomas missed a 3-point attempt with 1:38 to go.
The Tigers forced another turnover with 1:05 remaining but again could not convert. They resorted to fouling for the rest of the half, with the Cougars scoring their final 10 points at the charity styripe.
Clemson held the Cougars (1-1) without a basket for the final 5:25 of the game.
The Tigers and Cougars ended the first half tied at 26. The Tigers were held to shoot 29 percent shooting in the half and turned the ball over 12 times while forcing 10.
Pauldo had eight first-half points, while Gillespie had six points and three boards. Hardy entered the half with four points, including her first 3-pointer of the season.
The Tigers outrebounded the Cougars 28-22 in the half.
Clemson returns to action on Thursday night at home against rival South Carolina at 7 p.m.
- From Staff Reports