Jan. 19, 2012
CLEMSON, S.C. – A third-straight double-double for Bonae Holston and a career-high 16 points by Emili Tasler was more than enough for NC State to notch a 62-46 victory over Clemson Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Holston continued her dominance over the Tigers. After entering the game with career averages of 21.8 points and 9.3 rebounds in four prior meetings, the Newport News, Va., native paced State (13-6, 3-3 ACC) with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Tasler, a red-shirt senior from Apex, N.C., topped her previous career high set two seasons ago with 11 at South Carolina, by knocking down four shots from beyond the arc, and a 6-for-9 night all together.
State began the second half with a 24-19 advantage, and quickly doubled that lead to 10 points after a three-pointer from Tasler and a stick back from Holston, forced Clemson to call a timeout.
The run ballooned to 13-2 out of halftime and a 37-21 lead after a Holston bucket at 13:57.
Tasler set her career high with a third, three-pointer of the night for a 47-32 advantage.
Clemson (5-11, 1-4 ACC) rattled off a 10-2 spurt, thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Kelly Gramlich (18 points), to cut its deficit down to 49-42 with just over three minutes to play.
However, one final three-ball from Tasler iced it down the stretch as the Wolfpack won its third game in a row, and improved to 11-0 when allowing less than 70 points.
Additionally, the 46 points given up to Clemson is the fewest against an ACC opponent since a 54-46 victory over No. 22 Georgia Tech on Feb. 28, 2010, in Reynolds.
Neither team found its shooting stroke in the early stages of the ball game. A three-pointer from Kody Burke tied the game at 6-all at the 13:34 mark of the opening half.
That triggered an 11-0 run that put State ahead 14-6. Holston connected on consecutive buckets in the run.
Nikki Dixon (17 points, 11 turnovers) snapped a five-minute scoring drought for the Tigers with a three-ball at the 8:33 mark, and a bucket from Chelsea Lindsay made it a 14-11 affair with 7:46 left until the half.
State opened up a little cushion later in the half after a three-pointer from Tasler, and another jumper from Holston saw the lead move to 24-15 in favor of the visitors.
But Clemson managed to score two buckets in the last 33 seconds of the stanza to close the State lead to 24-19 at intermission.
NC State hosts North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. The contest will be televised on the Regional Sports Network.