December 4, 2008
Badgers down Hokies 61-52 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
By Matt Kovatch - Inside Hokie Sports
Virginia Tech (5-2) 272552
Wisconsin (7-1) 362561
  • Madison, Wis. (Kohl Center) - 4,434
  • High Points: 22 - Lindsay Biggs
  • High Rebounds: 11 - Laura Haskins

MADISON, Wisc. – Despite career-highs of 22 points by Lindsay Biggs and 11 rebounds by Laura Haskins, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team fell 61-52 to Wisconsin on Thursday night at the Kohl Center in a game played as part of the second annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

It was the second straight loss for Tech (5-2), while the Badgers (7-1) won their seventh consecutive game after losing their season opener.

Things looked like they might get out of hand early on as the Badgers used a steady diet of 3-point plays – three treys from beyond the arc and a pair of converted ‘and-1s’ – to build a 27-9 lead with just over 10 minutes gone by.

But the Hokies slowly clawed their way back to make it a nine-point game at the half (36-27) thanks to some hot shooting by Biggs, who went on a personal 12-6 run to end the period and ended the first stanza by hitting 5-of-9 from the field with two 3-pointers and three free throws.

“I was getting my feet set and my teammates were getting me the ball,” Biggs said of her first-half performance. “We weren’t scoring much early on, so I knew we had to get some shots and luckily some of them started going in.”

Tech quickly cut the lead to six, 40-34, coming out of the locker room as Utahya Drye collected three baskets, including a put-back of her own miss at the 15:00 minute mark, to make it a competitive game.

Unfortunately, though, the Hokies hit a cold stretch and wound up going on a 9:31 field-goal drought. Luckily, Wisconsin was off as well – the victors shot just 27 percent in the second half – but an unlikely 3-pointer by 6-foot-4 Lin Zastrow at the 13:39 mark seemed to deflate the Hokies. That sparked Wisconsin to a 12-1 run that extended the lead back to 17.

A Shanel Harrison put-back at the 5:31 mark ended the cold stretch for Tech and back-to-back buckets by Biggs and Drye cut the lead to nine at 5:03, but it was too little, too late, and the Badgers held on for the nine-point win.

Haskins added six assists and five steals to go with her 11 boards, while Drye tallied 14 points and nine rebounds to aid the Hokies’ effort. Wisconsin was led by Alyssa Karel’s 14 points.

The Hokies will have 10 days off before their next action, which will come at Cassell Coliseum as part of a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader. The men’s team will host Longwood at 2 p.m., and the women will take on James Madison at approximately 4 p.m.

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