Clemson University

Lady Tigers lose three to torn ACL's

Clemson women's basketball coach Cristy McKinney is seeing knee braces in her sleep.

The season's only two games old and the Lady Tigers have already lost three players to torn ACLs, giving Clemson quite a mountain to climb if it's going to be competitive this season. At this rate, McKinney may have to post a sign on campus begging anybody with basketball experience to come to the gym -- they may be starting next week.

Freshman Bryelle Smith tore her ACL in the closing minutes of the Lady Tigers' season-opening win over Maine and joined seniors Tasha Taylor and Adrianne Bradshaw on the bench. The latter duo were hurt in preseason practice.

The lack of depth and experience has already shown, Clemson falling to Western Carolina 62-53 earlier this week. The Lady Tigers (1-1) have just two active upperclassmen on the roster -- senior D'Lesha Lloyd and junior Moreemi Davis.

Lloyd, who has missed the first two games with a foot injury, hopes to be ready for tonight's home game against Duquesne.

• RECOGNIZED: South Carolina midfielders Ashley Kirk and Kim Miller were named to the All-SEC tournament team after the Lady Gamecocks advanced to the semifinals. Kirk, a senior, and Miller, a sophomore, have started every game this season and helped put USC into the NCAA tournament for just the second time in school history.

The Lady Gamecocks will play Duke in Athens, Ga., Friday. Clemson also made the tournament and will play Charlotte in Knoxville, Tenn., on the same day.

• WRAPPING UP: Clemson men's soccer freshman Tommy Drake was named to the Freshman All-ACC team, a nice kudo after the Tigers have slogged through an up and down season.

Drake has scored five goals with three assists, three goals that were game-winners. Clemson is preparing for the ACC tournament in Cary, N.C., tonight, where it will take on Wake Forest in the first round.

USC is likewise preparing for the Conference USA tournament and got a weekly honor before its match today. Freshman Mike Lindsay was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals in an overtime win vs. Kentucky.

The Gamecocks will play Memphis in Birmingham, Ala., today.