CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va .-- Virginia Tech’s red-hot start proved to not be enough in the end as the Hokies fell at No. 17/15 Virginia, 69-61, in front of 6,281 in John Paul Jones Arena. Tech fell to 11-13 overall and 1-8 in the ACC with the loss, while Virginia improved to 19-5 and 5-3 in league action.
The game could not have started any better for the Hokies as they raced out to a 23-8 advantage just over eight minutes into the contest. During the opening stretch, Tech was 10-of-13 from the field, including three treys from Lindsay Biggs (Jr., Midlothian, Va.) who led the Hokies with 14 points.
However, the Hokies went cold as the Cavaliers shifted to a zone defense and erupted on a 17-2 run to grab their first lead of day, 27-25 with 4:30 remaining in the half. The game stayed close for the remainder of the opening stanza and Virginia took a 35-32 lead to the locker room.
The second half remained tight with the Cavs holding a 54-51 advantage with 6:35 left in the game. Virgina put the game away with a 12-4 spurt over the next four minutes to build its largest lead at 66-55. The Cavaliers three-pronged attack of Lyndra LIttles, Aisha Mohammed and Monica Wright combined for all of the points during the run. Tech could get no closer than the final margin in the loss.
In addition to Biggs, the Hokies received 11 points and nine rebounds from Utahya Drye (Jr., Durham, N.C.) while Laura Haskins (Sr., Alexandria, Va.) recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. Haskins' assists total for the game increased her career total to 370 and moved her past Carrie Mason (364) and Teri Garland (369) into fifth on the all-time Tech list.
Littles led the Cavaliers with 23 points followed by Wright and Mohammed with 22 and 13 respectively. Mohammed led Virginia in rebounds with nine boards.
The Hokies return to action on Thur., Feb. 12 , when they host Miami at 7 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum.
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