Clemson Women's Basketball ends season with loss in ACC Tournament, but the future is bright for the Tigers

The Tigers had aspirations for the 2023-24 season, but finished 12th in a loaded ACC.

Clemson senior forward Amari Robinson (5)
Clemson senior forward Amari Robinson (5) / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

Clemson Women’s Basketball lost to Boston College in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament 85-72, likely ending their 2023-24 season.

Ruby Whitehorn and Dayshanette Harris led the Tigers scoring 26 points each. Amari Robinson contributed 15 points and 5 rebounds. Whitehorn led in rebounds with 6 and Harris and Madi Ott each had 4.

The Tigers finishes the season at 12-19 overall and 5-13 in the ACC, tying them for 12th place with the Eagles.

For the season, Robinson led the team in scoring with 17.4 points per game and total rebounds with 6.7 per game. She was named to the All-ACC second team for the second season in a row. She ends her Clemson career third in rebounds in program history.

This preseason was filled with anticipation for the Tigers with Robinson and Harris returning and Whitehorn entering the program. An early season victory against Duke was impressive and gave the Tigers early momentum in the conference, but the depth of the ACC proved difficult to manage.

Six women’s teams from the ACC are thought to be locks for the NCAA Tournament according to ESPN’s Chris Harden. Three more are on the bubble.

While the season ends on a low note, the future is bright for the Tigers. Head coach Amanda Butler has been steadily improving the roster. Robinson and Harris both graduate from the program, passing the torch to Whitehorn. Whitehorn was third in scoring and rebounds this season.

The Tigers will welcome one of the best prospects in the Class of 2024 next season in Imari Berry from Clarksville, Tennessee. She signed with Butler and Clemson in November.

Her high school head coach wasn’t surprised she passed on programs like South Carolina and Tennessee to play for Butler.

"It's a tribute to coach (Amanda) Butler. They were able to make that connection.""

Brian Rush

The Tigers also welcome Morgan Miller to the squad next season. Miller is from Andover, Maryland. She is a 6’-2” guard. Both Miller and Berry were nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game this year.

Berry was ultimately named to the team.

One last note: Happy Birthday to Coach Butler and Robinson!