December 6, 2009
Hokies nearly double up NC Central, 85-44
Gordon, Hadley each score 15 to establish career highs
North Carolina Central (0-7) 212344
Virginia Tech (5-3) 374885
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 2,257
  • High Points: 15 - Porschia Hadley, Brittany Gordon
  • High Rebounds: 11 - Shanel Harrison

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech got career-high point totals from three different players, as well as 41 points off the bench, to cruise to an 85-44 victory over North Carolina Central in the first game of a men’s/women’s basketball doubleheader at Cassell Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

The Hokies, who improved to 5-3 on the season, jumped out to a 23-6 lead in the first half and never looked back, shooting 45.9 percent from the floor and assisting on 23 of the 34 made field goals. The Eagles shot just 31.4 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the free-throw line, and saw their record fall to 0-7 on the year.

Though the Eagles slowed the Hokies down and managed to out-score Tech 15-14 to close the half, a 15-2 Tech run to open the second period eliminated any doubt about the outcome of the game.

Freshman Porschia Hadley registered her first-career double-double with personal highs in both points (15) and rebounds (10) of 6-of-12 shooting in only 16 minutes of action. She had help in the post from junior Brittany Gordon, who shot 6-of-10 for a career-best 15 points as well. Freshman Alyssa Fenyn netted 13 points, senior Utahya Drye added 10 to go with nine rebounds, and freshman Aerial Wilson poured in a personal-best nine points. Sophomore Shanel Harrison pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Shanise Blanks hit 8-of-14 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from 3-point land, to tally a career-high 20 points for NC Central, which turned the ball over 29 times.

The Hokies will return to action on Wednesday with the first part of another double dip at Cassell Coliseum, taking on Mount St. Mary’s at 5:30 p.m. The men’s team will face VMI at 7:30.

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