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Clemson, Smith grinding in shadow cast by Staley, Gamecocks

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson women's basketball coach Audra Smith knows firsthand how hard it is to chase down Dawn Staley on the basketball court.

It may be even harder for Smith to catch her former Virginia teammate in the coaching ranks. After all, Staley has the jump on her as the reigning national champions at South Carolina.

"She has raised the bar tremendously," said Smith, starting her fifth season coaching the Tigers.

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