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Clemson Tigers Outpace Duke Blue Devils in ACC Opener | Clemson Women's Basketball


CU WBB are currently ranked 12th in the conference but after the win they look to move up. Photo: Dez Barnes
CU WBB are currently ranked 12th in the conference but after the win they look to move up. Photo: Dez Barnes

The ACC action ignited a fierce showdown as the Clemson Tigers faced off against the Duke Blue Devils in women's basketball. Known for their intense battles across various sports, the rivalry between these two teams extended to the hardwood. The quest for ACC supremacy and the coveted top spot drove both teams to bring their A-game, setting the stage for an enthralling clash.


Heading into the matchup, Clemson, standing at 5-4, aimed to assert dominance over the Blue Devils, who held a record of 5-3. Clemson occupied the 12th spot in the ACC rankings, with Duke just one step above at 11, setting the scene for a closely contested battle.


Clemson came out swinging from the opening tip-off, quickly notching points on the scoreboard. However, Duke retaliated, resulting in a back-and-forth first quarter. The second quarter witnessed standout performances from players like Amari Robinson and Day Harris, who ignited the Tigers with timely three-pointers. Despite Duke's challenges in making three-pointers, their tenacity kept the game close, entering halftime with Clemson holding a slim 1-point lead.

The Clemson Tigers are now 6-4 in their young season. Photo: Dez Barnes
The Clemson Tigers are now 6-4 in their young season. Photo: Dez Barnes

The Tigers maintained control of the game until the final buzzer, determined not to let Duke seize any advantage. Emerging from halftime with renewed vigor, Clemson intensified their efforts, extending their lead to 59-45 by the end of the third quarter. The pivotal fourth quarter arrived, known for its potential to shift the momentum in any sport.


Both teams elevated their gameplay, with the Tigers aiming to extend their lead and the Blue Devils seeking to erase the 14-point deficit. A sense of urgency and ferocity defined the final quarter as both teams fearlessly attacked the paint. Their display of mental toughness promised a competitive and promising journey through the remainder of the season.


In the fourth quarter, the Tigers seized control, displaying precision with their shots and maintaining their explosive plays. With subtle adjustments to minimize fouls, Clemson showcased the potential for a formidable run in the ACC. While they still have ground to cover to reach the pinnacle, focusing on refining minor details will undoubtedly contribute to their success.


The Tigers clinched a decisive victory, defeating the Blue Devils with a final score of 80-64. This triumph marks Clemson's strong start to conference play, establishing a 1-0 record and signaling their determination to ascend the ACC ranks. As the season unfolds, the Tigers' commitment to fine-tuning their game promises an exciting journey ahead.











This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.


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