February 28, 2010
No. 21 Cavaliers use big second half to defeat Tech, 55-46
Harrison scores 15 points in loss
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Virginia Tech (15-14 (4-10 ACC)) 252146
(21) Virginia (21-8 (9-5 ACC)) 203555
  • Charlottesville, Va. (JPJA) - 6,264
  • High Points: 15 - Shanel Harrison
  • High Rebounds: 6 - Abby Redick, Utahya Drye, Shanel Harrison

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia Tech was able to slow down Monica Wright in the first half, but the ACC Preseason Player of the Year exploded for 18 second half points to lead the 21st-ranked Cavaliers to a 55-46 victory Sunday afternoon before 6,264 fans on Senior Day at John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia concludes the regular season with a 21-8 overall record and 9-5 in the ACC, while Virginia Tech fell to 15-14 and 4-10 in the conference.

The Hokies used a solid defensive effort in the first half to limit Virginia to 26.9 percent (7-26) from the field including a 3-of-10 performance by Wright. Shanel Harrison (So., Washington, D.C.) scored Tech’s first five points as the Hokies built a seven-point lead, 19-12, with 5:30 remaining in the opening frame. The Cavaliers managed to close to within two points behind a 5-0 run, but could get no closer as the Hokies took a 25-20 lead into halftime.

Virginia, which picked up its eighth straight win in the series, came out of the locker room and quickly put together a 13-6 spurt to take its first lead, 33-31, on a Chelsea Shine three-point play at the 15:25 mark. The Cavaliers would never trail again in the contest. Wright scored eight of Virginia’s points as the Cavaliers took control of the game with a 12-3 run which gave them their largest lead of 11 points at 45-34 with under 10 minutes to go. Virginia Tech was able to get no closer than six points the rest of the way.

Harrison, coming off a career-high 20 points in Thursday’s 70-69 home win over Clemson, was the only Hokie in double figures with 15 points and tied for the team lead with six rebounds. Nikki Davis (Jr., Lexington, Ky.) added nine points, including three treys, to go along with four assists.

Wright led the Cavaliers with 27 points and 10 rebounds and was joined in double-figures by Lexie Gerson’s 11-point effort. Shine had a game-high 12 rebounds as Virginia held a 44-36 advantage on the boards.

Both teams struggled from the field as Tech shot only 28.6 percent (16-56), however Virginia was only slightly better at 34.7 percent (17-49). The Hokies committed 18 turnovers while the Cavaliers were charged with 19. Free throws proved to be a key factor as Virginia was 19-of-27 while Tech shot 9-of-16.

Tech will return to action on Thurs., March 4 in the opening round of the 33rd Annual ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Official pairings will be released by the ACC office Sunday at 8 p.m.

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