February 1, 2009
NC State tops Tech 57-46
Davis leads Hokies with 14 points
NC State (9-12, 1-5 ACC) 183957
Virginia Tech (10-11, 1-6 ACC) 232346
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 1,453
  • High Points: 14 - Nikki Davis
  • High Rebounds: 8 - Shanel Harrison

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team suffered through a stagnant second half and fell to NC State by a score of 57-46 on Sunday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum in ACC action.

The Hokies, who picked up their first conference win at Clemson on Wednesday, saw their overall record drop to 10-11 and their ACC mark fall to 1-6. The Wolfpack improved to 9-12 overall and 1-5 in league play.

Though both teams struggled from the field in the first period (NC State shot 30.8 percent while Tech hit just 29.2 percent), the Hokies held a five-point lead, 23-18, at halftime, thanks in part to forcing 11 NC State turnovers and making six steals.

That defensive pressure disappeared in the second half, however, as Tech only got two steals and forced just six turnovers, while the Wolfpack drained nearly 52 percent of their attempts to win easily.

“We have got to find a way to bring the same energy in both halves,” Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger said. “Our defense has got to create some offense, especially on nights when we’re just a little bit off (Tech shot only 32.1 percent in the second half). I thought we were flat on both ends. We were out of sync offensively and that all comes back to communicating.”

After Tech’s Lindsay Biggs opened the second period with a layup to push Tech’s lead to seven, NC State put together a 13-3 run over a five-and-a-half minute span to claim a 31-28 lead. The Hokies looked like they had stopped the bleeding when they scored six of the game’s next 10 points, but the Wolfpack then embarked on a separate 17-4 run that ended with them up 52-38 with just over four minutes to play.

NC State’s Shayla Fields did most of the damage, netting 15 second-half points (19 for the game), including three treys, to power the runs. Sharnise Beal added 14 points in the contest for the Wolfpack.

The Hokies only had one scorer in double figures, as Nikki Davis tallied 14 points on a career-best 7-of-9 effort from the free-throw line. She also tied a personal best with seven rebounds.

While the Hokies weren’t happy with their performance on Sunday, they get right back at it on Monday evening with 7 p.m. contest against USC Upstate. The second game of a rare back-to-back will serve as Tech’s final non-conference game of the season.

“The good news is we don’t have to sit on this for several days,” Dunkenberger finished. “Hopefully, our players will right themselves tomorrow and get back on track.”

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