November 19, 2009
Biggs' treys help Hokies in 70-41 win over Mason
By Matt Kovatch - Inside Hokie Sports
George Mason (1-2) 241741
Virginia Tech (2-1) 393170
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 2,248
  • High Points: 18 - Lindsay Biggs
  • High Rebounds: 10 - Utahya Drye

BLACKSBURG, Va. – It took her a couple of games, but Lindsay Biggs finally got back to her old self.

After scoring only eight points combined in Virginia Tech’s first two contests, the senior guard went off for a game-high 18 in the Hokies’ 70-41 win over George Mason on Thursday night at Cassell Coliseum.

“When you’re a shooter, you’re going to be off sometimes and I was definitely off the first two games,” Biggs said of her 4-for-16 (including 0-of-7 from 3-point land) performance in Tech’s opening two bouts. “But tonight, I got my feet set. I’ve been putting up some extra shots before practice, and today, I got in the gym a little bit and shot. You just have to keep shooting when you’re a shooter. You’re not going to make all of them, but I was just on tonight.”

She was on indeed, hitting 5-of-9 from the 3-point line and adding three free throws to account for the highest point total any Hokie has had this season.

“I know Lindsay’s been frustrated because she’s a shooter and that’s what happens when your shot’s not falling,” added fellow senior Utahya Drye, who chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds to record her fifth career double-double. “But I’m proud of her because she was in the gym today just shooting, shooting, shooting. Some shooters get discouraged, but I kept telling her to keep shooting because it was going to start falling sooner or later.”

Tech improved to 2-1 with the victory, while George Mason, which shot just 26.7 percent in the game, fell to 1-2.

“It was a much better performance and I’m a much happier coach than a few days ago,” Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger said in reference to Monday’s loss at VCU. “I thought we did a better job tonight of giving some of our younger kids some shots. They came in and made a difference for us and we made some runs with a lot of rookies on the court.”

Four freshmen played at least 15 minutes each in this one, as Dunkenberger continues to tinker with various lineups. Two of those runs came in the first half, which afforded the Hokies some breathing room at the intermission.

The Patriots drilled three treys in the first seven-plus minutes, but a 12-2 Tech run opened a 10-point lead by the 9:06 mark. A quick, 7-0 spurt by Mason nearly nullified that, but the Hokies ended the half on a 16-4 swing that gave them a 39-24 advantage.

Things slowed to a screeching halt in the second half, as the first 12 minutes of play included an 8:41 scoring drought for Mason, and a span of 9:55 (including a 4:34 scoring drought) without a field goal for Tech.

“We still need to work on our timing offensively because we go through some lulls when we’re not scoring,” Dunkenberger said. “But when we are able to fix that, I think we’ll have a decent team.”

Though the Patriots never threatened in the second half, Tech made sure to put things out of reach by finishing the game with a 15-4 run over the final 5:30 to win going away by 29.

Ashleigh Braxton and Brittany Eley paced Mason with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Hokies return to the road on Sunday to face their third Colonial Athletic Association foe in three games with a visit to James Madison. Tip time is slated for 2 p.m.

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