STORRS, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Ninth seed Clemson scored 15 straight points in the first half and never looked back as it stormed past No. 8 seed Drake, 64-50, in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament East Region.
Krystal Scott, Erin Batth and freshman Chrissy Floyd each netted four points during that run and Nuria Forns closed it with a 3-pointer as the Lady Tigers opened a 27-13 cushion with 3:54 left in the first half.
Floyd finished the half with eight points as Clemson (19-11) opened a 31-18 lead, holding Drake to just 7-of-22 shooting. The Bulldogs could not get closer than nine points the rest of the way and had their seven-game winning streak snapped.
One of the last teams to get into the tournament despite losses in four of their last six games, the Lady Tigers will play top seed Connecticut in the second round on Sunday.
Batth finished with 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting and Floyd added 14 for Clemson, which shot 41 percent (26-of-63) from the floor and improved to 13-12 in the NCAA Tournament.
Drake (23-7) fell to 4-7 all-time in the tournament despite Kristin Santa scoring 13 points, Erin Richards 12 and Carla Bennett 10.
The Bulldogs shot only 31 percent, including 4-of-21 from 3-point range, and could not overcome 20 turnovers.