Veteran Clemson team to match up with young Lady Dogs
Posted: Friday March 19, 1999 08:38 PM
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Clemson-Georgia matchup Saturday in Cincinnati pits two tournament stalwarts. It's the 12th NCAA appearance for Clemson, including every year this decade except 1995, and the 16th for Georgia.
"I just think our basketball team is playing its very best right now," Clemson coach Jim Davis said. "As a coach, that's what you want to happen. You try to get your team peaking at the right time."
Clemson has four players, all seniors, averaging in double figures, including guards Amy Geren (13.6) and Itoro Umoh (12.7).
"Our chemistry is pretty good," Umoh said. "There are four seniors, and we're always helping each other out. I know if Amy scores 30, I don't have to score."
Georgia, meanwhile, plays just one senior in reserve Pam Irwin-Osbolt. The Lady Bulldogs often start four sophomores and freshman center Twana McDonald.
Georgia does have the best sister story in the Mideast, the 5-foot-10 sophomore Miller twins from Rochester, Minn., both on a pre-medicine track. Coco Miller averages 19.1, Kelly Miller 18.1.
"We're really close, the best of friends," Kelly said. "We really like playing together."
They're both guards in Georgia's three-guard offense, and the only players with double-digit averages.
"The post is where Clemson might have an advantage, but maybe we have an advantage on the perimeter. I like our guards," coach Andy Landers said.
He said he wouldn't mind a low-scoring game.
"I've got all the confidence in the world if we don't put a lot of points on the board, because we're a good defensive team," Landers said.
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