Clemson's swarming defense was too much for No. 3 North Carolina State, knocking the Wolfpack from the ranks of the unbeaten last night, 71-56, in Clemson, S.C.
It was the lowest scoring game of the season for the Wolfpack (14-1, 5-1 ACC). The last time North Carolina State was held to less than 62 points was a 52-51 loss to Clemson in the quarterfinals of last year's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Clemson (11-5, 2-2) also upset No. 15 North Carolina, 60-59, Monday.
Chrissy Floyd scored 15 points, including three straight baskets in a key first-half run, to lead the Tigers.
"Coach kept telling me to sweep the ball, then look for the baseline drive," Floyd said. "When I didn't see a lane, I just kept working with it, moving the ball around, until a lane would come open."
Clemson led 26-17 at halftime, then opened the second half with a 9-4 run and led by 14 only to see North Carolina State twice close within single digits. But Joanie Mungro's three-point play and consecutive baskets by Floyd put the Tigers up 50-35. They had their biggest lead, 58-40, with three minutes left.
The Wolfpack got no closer than 58-48 down the stretch.
"I don't know right now anything that we did right in this game," North Carolina State Coach Kay Yow said.
* GEORGIA TECH 55, NORTH CAROLINA 44: Danielle Donehew scored 22 points and Jamie Kruppa pulled down 12 rebounds as the host Yellow Jackets stuck the No. 15 Tar Heels (9-6, 1-4 ACC) with their first four-game losing streak since 1991.
UNC shot 17 percent in the first half.
* DUKE 82, WAKE FOREST 48: In Durham, N.C., Missy West scored 22 points, including six three-pointers, as the No. 11 Blue Devils (15-1, 4-0 ACC) won their 14th consecutive game.
* OHIO ST. 53, PURDUE 51: Michaela Moua's only field goal, a layup at the buzzer, helped the host Buckeyes (9-5, 2-2 Big Ten) end a six-game losing streak to the 18th-ranked Boilermakers (9-5, 1-3) and hand Purdue its first three-game skid since December 1995.
* PENN ST. 76, ILLINOIS 66: In State College, Pa., Andrea Garner shook off second-half foul trouble to score 18 points as the No. 6 Lady Lions (14-2, 5-0) beat the No. 12 Illini (14-5, 4-1) to take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
* LSU 82, ARKANSAS 69: Coach Sue Gunter won her 600th game as DeTrina White had 27 points and 12 rebounds in the 17th-ranked Tigers' road victory. LSU improved to 12-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference.
* GEORGIA 78, FLORIDA 71: Deanna Nolan scored 19 points and Kelly Miller added 17 for the No. 7 Bulldogs (16-2, 2-1 SEC) on the road.
* AUBURN 69, ALABAMA 51: Shana Askew scored 15 points and Conswella Sparrow overcame early foul trouble to add 13 points and 11 rebounds for the No. 9 Tigers (13-2, 2-1 SEC) at home.
* MISSISSIPPI ST. 82, MISSISSIPPI 58: Freshman LaToya Thomas had 31 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lift the No. 24 Bulldogs (12-2, 1-2 SEC) at home.