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Reserves Help Roll Tigers In Record ACC Victory

Reserves Help Roll Tigers In Record ACC Victory
Reserves Help Roll Tigers In Record ACC Victory
Posted at 12:30 AM, Jan 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-16 00:30:00-05

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Ama Degbeon scored a career-high 13 points, Kai James had 12 and Maria Conde 10 as No. 7 Florida State won its 15th straight over Clemson with an 86-27 victory Sunday.

The Seminoles (17-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) opened up a 28-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back, blowing past the Tigers and ending with the largest margin of victory in their 26 ACC seasons.

Florida State also surpassed the program's previous record streak of 14 straight against an opponent which it also did against Wake Forest from 2002-2011.

James, Degbeon and Conde all came in off the bench to reach double digits. The Seminoles led 46-12 at the half and 68-20 through three quarters. By the time the final period rolled around, Florida State's starters were bouncing around on the bench and practicing dance moves to the Sugar Hill Gang's "Apache."

The Seminoles pressured Clemson from the jump, forcing nine turnovers and holding the Tigers to one field goal (1-of-10 shooting) in the first 10 minutes. Things did not change at the end with A'Tyanna Gualden forcing a jump ball in the final two minutes that led to her basket.

Degbeon's showing bettered previous best of 11 points, set against Jacksonville in December 2014.

All of Florida State's 12 players in the box score scored points.

For Clemson it was a new scoring low in coach Audra Smith's four seasons. The 27 points were one fewer than when the Tigers lost at Middle Tennessee, 69-28, on Dec. 3, 2014.

Kobi Thornton led the Tigers, who played a third game without leading scorer Nelly Perry, with eight points. Clemson (11-7, 0-5) has lost 38 straight against ACC competition.