SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- The IUPUI Jaguars put together an early 18-2 run and withstood a furious Virginia Tech comeback to defeat the Hokies 64-52 in the opening round of the South Padre Island Shootout. The event is being played at the South Padre Island Convention Center. The Hokies will face the loser of the second game between Southern Methodist and Jacksonville Saturday at 6 p.m. (ET) in the consolation game.
Tech (6-3) jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead converting two Laura Haskins (Sr., Alexandria, Va.) steals into baskets. However, the Hokies went cold over the next six minutes and found themselves suddenly down 18-7. The teams played evenly for the remainder of the half with IUPUI enjoying its largest lead at the break, 32-20.
The Jaguars (6-4) extended their advantage to 39-20 with a 7-0 run to open the second frame in building their largest lead of the evening. Converting turnovers into quick baskets, the Hokies managed to close within 57-50 with 2:30 remaining on a Brittany Lewis (Fr., Orange, Fla.). However, IUPUI ended all doubt outscoring Tech 5-2 for the final margin.
Utahya Drye (Sr., Durham, N.C.) was the only Tech player in double-figures with 15 points and led the Hokies with eight rebounds. Lindsay Biggs (Sr., Midlothian, Va.) and Brittany Gordon (So., Howard County, Md.) added seven points each.
IUPUI was led by Jernisha Cann with 22 points and ten rebounds followed by Kiara Butler with 13 points. Nicole James and Julia Whitted also contributed 11 points each.
Tech committed 22 turnovers in the contest and the Jaguars held a 37-29 rebounding advantage.
Following Saturday’s contest, the Hokies return to action Dec. 29-30, when they go for their 11th consecutive Hokie Hardwood Classic title. Tech will face Lafayette in the first round at 7 p.m.
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