Clemson University

Women’s basketball postgame

At Seattle, Lele Hardy scored 22 points and Clemson broke open a close game in the second half Sunday for the Husky Classic championship in Seattle.

With the Huskies holding a 52-50 lead midway through the second half, Clemson guard Kirstyn Wright scored seven points in more than two minutes as part of a 17-2 run to give the Tigers a commanding 67-54 lead.

Sami Whitcomb had 12 second-half points for the Huskies (2-3), but Washington was only able to close the gap to eight points with 4:37 remaining. Whitcomb finished with a team-high 18 points.

After quickly falling behind 4-0, the Tigers mounted a 15-2 run behind eight points from Hardy.

The Huskies responded in the next four minutes with a 16-5 run to put them back on top 22-20. Michelle Augustavo scored 10 points in the surge, including two three-pointers.

Clemson regained the lead and built a four-point cushion on a jumper from Jasmine Tate with 4:35 to play in the first half.

Augustavo finished with 15 points, Mollie Williams scored 12 and Kristi Kingma had 10 for Washington.

Whitney Hood scored 16 points for the Tigers (5-2), and Wright finished with 13.

Hardy was named MVP of the tournament.

— The Associated Press