December 19, 2009
Fenyn, Biggs lead Hokies to 68-66 overtime win
Hokies face St. John's in Sunday final
UAB (4-6) 22341066
Virginia Tech (7-3) 27291268
  • Carnesecca Arena, QUEENS, N.Y. - 438
  • High Points: 15 - Alyssa Fenyn
  • High Rebounds: 10 - Brittany Gordon

QUEENS, N.Y. -- Virginia Tech got key performances in overtime from freshman Alyssa Fenyn and senior Lindsay Biggs to defeat UAB, 68-66, Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the St. John’s-Chartwells Holiday Classic. The event is being played in Carnesecca Arena on the St. John’s University campus. The Hokies (7-3) will take on St. John’s (10-1), which defeated Texas-Arlington, 79-47, in the first game, on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

After battling to a 56-56 standstill through regulation, Tech took a 57-56 lead on a Nikki Davis (tr.-Jr., Lexington, Ky.) free throw only to see the Blazers take the lead on a Jala Harris layup. The Hokies reclaimed the advantage, 59-58, as Fenyn nailed a jumper in the paint. Tamika Dukes made good on one of two charity tosses at the three minute mark to tie the game. On the next possession Biggs drained a three-pointer only to see Amanda Peterson can a deep trey to knot the score again at 62 midway through the extra period.

The Hokies suffered a turnover on their next possession and Dukes made them pay with a jumper with two minutes left. However, Biggs rose to the occasion again with an old-fashioned three-point play to put Tech in front to stay, 65-64. UAB missed a jumper on the following possession and Brittany Gordon (Jr., Howard County, Md.) was fouled. Gordon calmly stepped to the line and drained both free throws with 27 seconds remaining.

The Hokies were whistled for a foul with 10 seconds left and Dukes converted both free throws to narrow the Tech advantage to 67-66. Fenyn was fouled three seconds later and made one of two free throws. The Blazers got the rebound, but Harris missed a desperation 30-footer from the right wing as the final buzzer sounded.

“We always play tight games with UAB and tonight was no different with another hard-fought victory against them,” said Virginia Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger. “Lindsay didn’t have one of her better nights, but she did what shooters do and came through in the overtime for us.”

Tech led 27-22 at the half only to see UAB open the second frame with five straight points to tie the game. The two teams battled evenly for the remainder of regulation, including 10 ties with neither team leading by more than three points. Davis made one of two free throws with 23 seconds left to tie the game at 56, before UAB called time out to set up a final play in which Peterson missed a three-point shot.

Fenyn led four players in double figures with 15 points followed by Davis with 12 points off the bench. Gordon registered her third career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Biggs also tossed in 11. Tech shot 43.4 percent (23-53) from the field and only 64.3 percent (18-28) from the line. However, with the game on the line, the Hokies were 5-of-7 at the line in the overtime period.

UAB (4-6) was led by Peterson with 21 points, including six treys. Harris tossed in 17 points while Dukes added 11. The Blazers shot only 33.8% (23-68), but kept the game close with nine three-pointers. Tech won the rebounding battle once again, 46-39 and the bench was key again with 16 points.

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