Originally created 02/23/98

Lady Tigers top Tech 89-58



ATLANTA -- Itoro Umoh scored 16 points and Nikki Blassingame matched a career-high with 15 to lead No. 19 Clemson to an 89-58 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday.

Umoh had six rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Blassingame had nine rebounds. Amy Geren and Kerri Thomas added 12 points apiece for the Tigers, who have won six straight games.

The Tigers (22-6, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) set a school record with their 12th ACC victory. Clemson will be seeded No. 2 and play Florida State in the opening round of the ACC Tournament Friday in Charlotte.

Clemson shot just 31 percent in leading 36-32 at halftime, but improved to 73 percent in the second half.

Georgia Tech (10-16, 3-13), which has lost seven of its last eight games, will face No. 9 seed Wake Forest on Thursday.

Joannah Kauffman, Carla Munnion, and Regina Tate each had 13 points for Tech, which posted its fewest wins in a season since 1985-86.

Munnion hit a 3-pointer to reduce Tech's deficit to 52-49 with 11:28 left, but Clemson launched a 16-4 run to take command, with Geren scoring six points in that run. Tech scored only seven points in the final 10 minutes.